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Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa

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Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
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Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Today a family of 15 received 2 parcels. THANK YOU
Today a family of 15 received 2 parcels. THANK YOU

Avuxeni, Minjani? (Greetings, how are you? In Xitsonga)

Thank you so much to all who have contributed to the request for $100 for food parcels. To date, we have distributed 99 parcels from your support and from We Care Mother Africa, a partner of ours who assists us with the provision of sanitary pads for 15 of our learners, which is a whole other conversation for another time.

South Africa has been on Lock down for over 60days now. We have progressed from a gruelling Level 5 and expect to go to Level 3 on 1st June in terms of severity of restrictions. Explain in a sentence or two what Level 3 means to give them some context.

I thought you might like to know that while we have been on lock down, as an essential service, we were able to take food parcels,to undocumented foreign nationals who have sadly been even more marginalized by this lock down. These people predominantly ran away from a vicious civil war in Mozambique, they often fled with the clothes on their backs, they have no papers to say who they are or where they are from. Often times their language and culture is assimilated with that of South Africa so even if they were returned to their native country they would not be documented, they would not speak the language or know the customs. It is a difficult place to be in and the discrimination is palpable.

I am proud to say we have been able to give 99 parcels away to people that would have starved without your support. The food parcels consist of mielie meal (staple maize corn powder which is used as a filler much like mashed potato), samp (a type of bean), cans of fish (for protein and essential fatty acids), baked beans (protein and carbohydrate), peanut butter (very high in protein to ward off kwashiokor - renal failure when the diet lacks protein) and eggs and avo's donated by a local farmer.

The government has demanded all food parcels be distributed through government processes, which we have refused to do because:
1. Government was distributing the parcels under the banner of the ANC and not acknowledging the donors (essentially buying votes);
2. Some areas Government was only giving to ANC supporters;
3. Some unscrupulous ANC Councillors and government workers were selling the food parcels which were donated by South African individuals and corporations;
4. Food parcels were only going to South African Citizens and not to those resident in this nation;
5. Government is supplying extra finances to those who are the poorest of the poor to supplement their incomes during this time (because people can’t work however to date over 10million people have applied for the extra support and only 10people have received) however undocumented foreign nationals fall through this safety net.

Having said all of this, the government’s decision to act expediently and put in place policies to protect the people from Covid have bought this nation essential time to prepare for the rise of infections and what is coming in the future.

KTD196 has also distributed seeds and training in permaculture to parents and children who received the food parcels to ensure they are scrape back a modicum of dignity and independence while not relying upon KTD196 for food alone.

The response has been mixed, apart from gratitude there has been a lot of embarrassment. Annually we ask R20/per year ($1USD)contribution for their child to participate in our program (which can be paid monthly), we also ask for parents to volunteer to come and cook at our camps (especially those who are unemployed) and they don’t come. So now there is a fresh enthusiasm for all things KTD196. LOL.
 
I am excited to see what the new world holds for when this pandemic has passed.

We have also decided as a team, since hunger is on everyone's agenda, we will be reintroducing our Food4Life project on a large scale. We will be teaching small groups of 5-6children/adults the sustainable food garden process while maintaining social distancing and personal protection policies.

The children will then train their small groups and implement the food gardens to mitigate hunger and offset stunting (stunting affects 40% of the South Africa's children before Covid) which has serious health implications for the children and this nation.
 
Anyway, I just wanted to touch base and share what we have been busy with during this time. If you would like to contribute to our food parcel drive please go to our page, donate, and leave a note so that I know the funds are earmarked for this project. Please help us make a difference and save a life.


THANK YOU all for your generous support to date

 Blessings

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One of our beneficiaries. This is their home!
One of our beneficiaries. This is their home!

Thank you SO MUUUCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH for responding to my request for $100 for food parcels. So far we have received enough money to buy 30food parcels, which we have started to deliver. Thank you for making a huge difference.

Finally, we have permission to start work in a safe manner, delivering food and also training (from a distance) the Food 4 Life Program.

In South Africa we have a word “Ubuntu” a quality that includes the essential human virtues of compassion and humanity. That is exactly what you have shown, the spirit of Ubuntu. THANK YOU.

Not only do we thank you, but on behalf of all the families that we serve, you have no idea what your support means to them.  

As I said last week, we work with 98% orphaned and vulnerable children and their families. Additionally, there is a huge segment of this population who fled from a civil war in Mozambique over 40 years ago. This has resulted in multiple generations of “undocumented” people who are blocked from government services or assistance as non-South Africans.

The issues of COVID in this rural area has been devastating  …none of which has been seen on any media platform.  We want you to know that because of your generosity, and the partnership with our local supermarket chains,  the mission of KTD196 is providing lifesaving and life sustaining work.  

If you would consider helping us feed another 30 or more families, we can stay despair and hunger with food parcels.  

Each $100 goes a long way to providing food and strength to fight off the complications caused by the COVID virus.  

Thank you, I hope you understand the impact you are having through your support of KTD196. 

Thank you and God bless you!

Louise

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Previous Food4Life Gardens
Previous Food4Life Gardens

Avuxeni one and all, thank you so much for all of your support both to our new comers and also to those who have been with us over the years.

A special thank you to those who have supported us on a monthly basis, you have made all of this possible, THANK YOU so much.I want to give you some back ground on the province of Limpopo to put into perspective the impact of the COVID-19 virus. Limpopo is one of the poorest provinces in the country of South Africa.  The unemployment rate is very high and forces most people in the province to rely on child support grants.

If you can imagine, the unemployment rates before COVID was as high at 31% in 2019…now, that number has tripled over these last 90 days. The youth aged 15–24 years are the most vulnerable in the South African labour market. With unemployment so high to start off 2020 and now with many businesses having closed their doors permanently plus casual labourers having no work, the crime rate has escalated, domestic, sexual, drug and alcohol abuse has spiked as people deal with this crisis.

The cost of basic foods has also escalating due to Covid and with the future uncertainty of food insecurity due to the planned modified lockdown expected until at least September, we are launching our Food 4Life program to mitigate the impact of the rise in overall food costs and assist with food security for the poorest of the poor within the communities we serve. The Food 4Life program will:

1. Provide long term sustainable source of food for families

2. Build the immune system and assist in reducing the impact of Covid

This time of year is our dry season which means that water is not readily available, fortunately the program requires grey water (recycled) so this is important for sustainability of the project. Due to the virus the government has increased the supply of water to the communities in which we work and we will capture and recycle as much as possible to conserve so that post Covid there will be water available to sustain the Food4Life program. 

In the midst of this devastating virus, Keep The Dream196 is working harder than ever to be a beacon of hope, inspiration and solution. Our work is needed now more than ever and we have never been prouder to be able to serve our communities in a very real and impactful way. Your support is appreciated and so essential to. We want you to know that you are making a huge difference right now.

We are asking all of our partners for a gift of $100 that will go directly to The Food 4Life program that we are launching. This program will create a bank of food and nourishment for the surrounding communities to be able to feed their children and families.  

Your contribution will enable us to even provide employment to some in the community to help with the growing and distribution of the food. The lack of food security and nourishment particularly for the 66% of South Africans (particularly women and children) who live below the poverty line and in extreme poverty means growth stunting of children has reached 40% nationally. If we help one child to eat better, they then perform well at school; pay attention to learning. They are receiving the nourishment their growing bodies require to develop cognitively, intellectually, emotionally and physically. Developmental Stunting affects 40% of all children under the age of 18yrs in South Africa.

We invite you to visit our website and our Facebook Page ….. Where you will see how your support is impacting lives in a very real way.  If you can’t do $100, a contribution of any amount will help us reach our goal of $20,000.  All of the monies raised will be used to feed families, create a sustainable food source and give some employment.

Thank you in advance for your continued partnership.  Together we are solving real program, having huge impact and Keeping Dreams alive.

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It seems like such a long time ago we could meet
It seems like such a long time ago we could meet

Welcome to KTD196 Community!

Thank you so much for choosing Keep The Dream196 as a recipient of your support! Because of you, we are able to bring about real change in the lives of the children and families we serve.  We can’t tell you how much it means to know that you have our backs and believe wholeheartedly in the work we do.

As you have so generously helped us, we hope that you and your family are doing well.  During this global COVID-19 pandemic, stay safe and know that we are indeed praying for you and your family.  It is during times like these that we realize how blessed we really are.  

The virus has impacted Limpopo and every family here as well. We have had to be very creative and put systems in place to continue to do our work of serving our kids.  Even during this crisis, the children more than ever rely on us for support and resources.  Their safety and well-being remains our highest priority.  Lack of Wi-Fi and phone data make it difficult, but we are working tirelessly to ensure every avenue is used because now more than ever they need us.  Our lockdown is being reinforced by the police and military, any infringements of the rules are being met with hefty fines and/or jail. Sadly we are prevented from visiting the children face to face.

Currently we have just finished a 21day lockdown which has now been extended another 14days until the end of April, this has devastating effects on our economy. Limpopo is one of the poorest provinces in nation with a very high unemployment rate, most families we work with ie over 95% rely on the Social Grants for basic food provision. Many business's will be forced to close and unemployment will most definitely escalate and create further poverty and chaos.

I invite you to go to our website and scroll to the section that says the "Voice of the Child" you can read some of the stories from the children themselves and see current updates of what you have help us achieve.  I hope you enjoy the regular updates and are inspired by the impact together we are having. 

While so many things are out of our control and we may be faced with many “unknowns”, please take comfort in knowing that through your support that we are able to literally save lives and assist the children we serve to reach their dreams. 

Please stay safe and stay well during these times

Blessings

Louise

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Nhlalala and Beauty
Nhlalala and Beauty

Avuxeni (Avusheni) and many Greetings from Keep The Dream196!!

I am very grateful and happy to share some GREAT NEWS!! 

Keep The Dream196 South Africa is Vetted, Superstar, Effective & Top Ranked By GlobalGiving in 2020 !!  What this means is that you can know with confidence that as an organization, we do what we say we are doing, we comply with all national and international laws in relation to governance, financial administration and staff management. We also work with a variety of other organizations such as the US Embassy, National Development Agency and Kindernothilfe (German Donor) and so our protection policies for children are regularly examined and adjusted as international and national laws change concerning child protection.

Thank you, KTD196 Community of Supporters and GlobalGiving for your Valuable Support & Guidance over the years.  We remain immensely grateful for the amazingly support and we are thankful to you from the core of our hearts. Together we are saving lives and building futures! You have made all possible! We couldn't accomplish any of this without your support.

KTD196 has been working on sensitive issues such as Gender Based Violence, women empowerment, prevention of violence against women and children and Sustainable Development Goals such as Environment conservation, literacy promotion and poverty alleviation. Your valuable support for these activities assures that together we are saving lives!

Last weekend we held a Color Fun Run and advocacy event where 350parents and children ran through the streets of Burgersdorp demanding an end to Gender Based Violence (GBV). Everyone learnt about what is GBV and how it is impacting society and what can be done. For example: every 8hours a woman is killed by her intimate partner and recently there has been a young medical intern and a social worker at our local University murdered by their boy friends. We need to change as a society and condemn this action. Advocacy is one of the activities we do through your support. Please go to our YouTube Chanel and view our video of the day.

Nkomo Sweneni Ngopfu (thank you so very much!)

Elizabeth

 



Mum Rose, no one was safe on the day!
Mum Rose, no one was safe on the day!

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Location: Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo - South Africa
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Louise Batty
Tzaneen, Limpopo South Africa
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