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Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa

by Keep The Dream196
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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
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Lifeskills for 2,587 Children in South Africa
Look at the pride on this young mans face!
Look at the pride on this young mans face!

God bless you for stepping up on the behalf of the children of Limpopo!

It is so heartening when we receive a gift from our generous supporters that allows us to say “yes” to the children, families and surrounding communities who needs the services and programs of Keep The Dream 196.

Here in Limpopo, South Africa, the young people in the community are confronted with the real challenges and pressures of crime, poverty, unequal educational opportunities, unemployment and drug abuse. Every day the young people are confronted with the struggle for a better quality of life and maintaining their hope for a brighter future.

Because of you, we are able to empower these amazing young people to know that they are able to Live a Legacy like their South African heroes and heroines.

Children in almost 80% of South African schools receive an education that is among the very worst in the world and South Africa currently ranks 128th out of 137 countries. Because of our tutoring, life skills programs and educational resources, we are proud to say that 94% of the young in the KTD196 program are excelling in school and passionate about not being a statistic.

This would not be possible without people like you who believe in not only KTD196, but care for others in very real ways. On behalf our board, staff, and every family we are able to touch through our community gardens, HIV/AIDS programming, self-esteem classes, and so much more…Thank you!

With deepest gratitude,

Louise

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We are one of the organizations participating in the upcoming Little by Little Campaign designed to double your gift and our impact! The Little by Little Campaign is five days, September 14-18, where all donations up to $50 will be matched by 50% during the campaign, and the funds will not run out!  Last year our campaign raised $8,000 from our passionate donors, and we can’t wait to raise even more this year!

The funds raised were used to help us expand our Life Skills program into areas of Phalobowra and Thohoyandou. 

The resources allowed us to produce materials on Leadership, Anger Management, Avoiding Pitfalls of Peer Pressure, Self-Esteem and Social Awareness. These skills are not taught in school and as a result the community of Limpopo has seen higher rates of pregnancy (from 82,736 in 2015 to 99,228 in 2019) and HIV infections (estimated at 2,000 weekly among girls aged 15-24). In response to these startling numbers, Keep The Dream 196 designed a series of lessons aimed at grades 4-12 to teach relevant, engaging and age-appropriate education in a safe setting. The lesson plans and supportive environment allows for our young people to develop appropriate life skills to support healthy choices, as well as promote respect for themselves and their community.

This year we hope to raise even more, and we need your help to reach our goals! By donating just $50 you’ll provide us with the ability to expand Life Skills Program to reach an additional 500 young people to further reduce the spread of HIV and teen pregnancies. 

If you’re interested in making a donation and having your gift matched up to 50%, or wish to learn more about our cause, visit our website http://www.keepthedream196.com

We wish to thank you in advance for your support! Every donation, no matter the size, takes us one step closer to achieving our goals.

God Bless you

Louise

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Homework assistance before Covid 19
Homework assistance before Covid 19

Many Countries all over the world would normally open the school year at this time of year. Parents and children alike are supposed to be enrolling in their school of choice and preparing things necessary for the academic year. This is not the case anymore! Governments are forced to adapt and enforce distance learning as a consequence brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. While this academic new normal will affect the social life of the students, this will necessarily curtail the spread of the virus.

South Africa is not so lucky this academic year. With the School year coming to a screaming halt in March of this year, many government schools have failed to open properly or only to select grades such as grades 3, 7, 11 and 12. Those that have been able to open allow the children to come only every second day because of social distancing issues. One school in our district has had 3 other schools close down and they now need to absorb those children in the already overcrowded classrooms. Many grades have failed to return to school plus the option of virtual classrooms is unavailable to the poor!

Some parents have no choice but to skip schooling entirely for their children this year until God knows when. Families would be concerned more about putting food on their table than hitting the books. The economic hardship has been the result of most citizens being forced to stay indoors.

As staff of Keep The Dream 196, we are concerned that the longer kids stay out of school, the more they will fall further behind in the areas of math, reading, and other core classes. Already we are already the poorest per capita (149th/149 countries) in English, Math and Science subjects. We are also concerned about kids who not only miss school but miss out on meals through the School’s Nutrition Program. Despite going to Level 2 lockdown and those business who survived are now open, more and more kids go to bed with their families hungry.

We are happy to report that KTD196 has been able to relieve some if not more of the piling pressure of the current hunger crisis and put our children to focus on their homework during at-home learning. We cannot control the spread of the virus, but we are reducing the number of hungry families and children. The University of Cape Town's Children's Institute said that before the pandemic, a quarter of South Africa's under-fives were nutritionally stunted and 6.4 million children under 18 years old survived on less than $32UD a month.

With your support on our food program, we have been able to provide close to 180 food parcels to local families and 800pkts of Epap plus 150 food gardens. We have been prioritizing families with multiple children and because of you, we have saved lives.

As we face the pandemic head-on, we are grateful that you have joined us in response to this emergency. The distribution of food parcels to poor families is in great demand and we could not meet that demand without your general support. Every day, we have mothers who cry tears of joy and gratitude that they don't have to soothe their crying babies and overlook their hungry bellies.

We are working very hard and it encourages me to share that our efforts are making a huge difference. We can reach families in remote areas and marginalized groups, such as refugees and people with disabilities.

On behalf of the hundreds of families that we have been able to support directly or provide with essential resources, we thank you. Your continued support for our food parcel drive is needed and appreciated. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions that you may have. On our Facebook page, you can leave a note. Or you may visit our website. I am happy to share with you how the funds are earmarked for this project. A gift of $125UD per month ($4.17 a day) will feed a family of six and help children perform scholastically and physically.

Below are photos of children and mothers living better brought about by your invaluable donation’s. Again, do accept our eternal gratitude and love.

Food gardens do produce despite the poor soil
Food gardens do produce despite the poor soil
Epap a highly nutrient rich porridge thanks to you
Epap a highly nutrient rich porridge thanks to you
Epap makes our kids able to resist Covid Infection
Epap makes our kids able to resist Covid Infection

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    One of our community gardens grown by our kids
    One of our community gardens grown by our kids

    Welcome to our new supporters and hello to our friends, thank you for all you do!

    The COVID-19 global pandemic has drastically changed our way of life. We are forced to adopt a new form of life dubbed as "new normal". As we strive to combat the effects of and the virus itself, certainly, the world will never be the same again. While certain businesses like Amazon and Facebook are fairing well, the majority took a deep dive that seriously crippled economies of nations such as South Africa.

    As the South African government reluctantly but necessarily closed business and public establishments, except basic commodities outlets, the citizens are at a limbo of what has to become of the future. The effects of the lockdown had brought already poor families belong to the poorest of the poor category to even greater vulnerability.

    In April, 47% of families ran out of money to buy food.

    In the province of Limpopo alone, more than 72% of its residents live under the upper-bound poverty line (UBPL), meaning they only earn $56.75 per month according to South Africa's Democratic Alliance. Worst still is the population living under the lower-bound poverty line who earns $25.17 a month. More than 2 million people in Limpopo go to bed hungry. These may just be numbers, but the effects of the pandemic can be felt in the streets where kids walk around listlessly wondering when would be the next meal be.

    KTD196 is determined to help 50 communities in the Limpopo province is paramount especially in providing avenues or access to food during the pandemic. While it is our mission to assist children to overcome difficult life circumstances by building resilience, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically- it is imperative that we focus on addressing the problem of hunger first.

    Data from the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) shows that food prices are climbing in South Africa, with households struggling to keep up. Because of food price inflation, the affordability of food and other essential household requirements for most of the families in Greater Tzaneen is far out of reach. The price of a basket containing 36 basic food items increased over 10% in the last few weeks from US$110.36 to US$121.14. Every single day, thousands of people stand in lines for 10 to 12 hours in hopes of getting food parcels to feed their families. Many are forced to leave empty-handed, tired, and hungry because food ran out.

    KTD196 through its Food 4 Life program is proud to report to you that because of your support, children and communities can get access to food through low-cost community gardening. We are tirelessly making this campaign a success due to the urgency that the pandemic had brought about. Thank you sincerely for your invaluable support.

    As we look onwards to face more challenges COVID-19 will throw at us, our goal is to drastically address the hunger problem in the communities. Through these gardens, we hope to bring self-reliance, stability, and sustainability in the communities we care for.

    Below are some photos of these gardens that would soon bring more smiles on the faces of mothers who are little by little able to feed their children. Again thank you very much, you are amazingly awesome!

    Lush and healthy type of spinach!
    Lush and healthy type of spinach!
    Families working together because of your support!
    Families working together because of your support!

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    A happy mum and granny with her food parcel.
    A happy mum and granny with her food parcel.

    Thank you to all our supporters both old and new alike! You are all awesome and we so appreciate you hearing the call for help!

    As South Africa is determined to address the spread of the virus by its COVID-19 lockdown, it brought about new problems. Apart from the lockdown's debilitating effect on the economy, it has suppressed some major types of crime and inspired a spike on new ones. Some of these crimes potentially if not already involve children. Farm murders, home invasions, petty theft and shop lifting food has increased.

    We have known right from the launching of Keep The Dream 196 that 70% of children will be victims and/or perpetrators of crime. And children aged between 10 and 15 years commit their first criminal act. 76% of the convicted youth offenders have themselves been victims of violent crimes. With these numbers, we can see the urgency of keeping these children off the streets exacerbated by the COVID-19. The best way to do this is to address the hunger crisis rampant in Limpopo communities.

    KTD196 is proud to report that, because of your support, we have been able to distribute over 150 food parcels to families in Limpopo. Every gift of $100 equates to us being able to feed a family of five. That is amazing and we are very grateful to those of you who have joined us to stop the pains of hunger, hopelessness, and fear in so many lives. Thank you.

    While on lockdown, KTD196 decided to step forward and fulfill our mission to assist children to overcome difficult life circumstances. Even though our core program builds resilience physically, emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically, during this time, we realized that keeping the kids with their families and not on the streets looking for food is essential. We consequently realized that helping them eat and not go to bed hungry for days and weeks is critical.We have 147 wonderful food gardens. Each family who received a food parcel also had to create a garden through supplimentary training. Only 3 families failed this project due to goats and chickens attacking their gardens.

    As we face the future and prepare for the worst the pandemic intends to throw at us, our goal is to distribute another 150 parcels of food, sanitary napkins, and essential hygiene items with our partner We Care South Africa. Coordinating with other organizations and local businesses has allowed us to reach more children and families. Please know that your support of KTD196 is having a huge impact, and hundreds of people are not going to bed hungry tonight, because of you. Thank you!

    Below is a recent photo of the KTD196 team distributing food parcels. While we wish you could be here to see the joy and relief on the family's mothers who can now feed their babies, we hope these photos bring a smile to your face. It is because of you, and others like you, that we have been able to reach this milestone. We are far from done, but we want to celebrate with you. Thank you again. Please go to our YouTube link below and hear from the mothers themselves about what your support means to them.

    We appreciate you and we hope that everything concerning your family is well. Please stay safe and in good health.

    Blessings

    A happy mum! Because of YOU!
    A happy mum! Because of YOU!

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