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
Nyiko on his way to camp!
Nyiko on his way to camp!

My name is Nyiko and I am 10 years old. I started scouts in 2018 I am from Sedan village.

Before I joined scouts I was a naughty disrespectful boy, I used to steal people's things and I did not know how to play with other children I would beat them every time when we are all together in the playground and I would bully them and make funny jokes about them. At school, my teachers were always complaining because I was always making noise in class and disturb their lessons.

Since joining scouts, I am now a very respectful person and I no longer bully other children I have change because of KTD196 scouts. They teach us to love everyone and make friends and behave well around anyone and keep your promise to yourself and your duty to others in return for good.

What do you enjoy about scouts? Playing games, having fun while learning important issues in our lives. In addition, how we can protect our planet we draw awesome pictures and paint them with lovely rainbow colors.

What have you learned since joining scouts? I have learn to respect everyone no matter their age and to listen when they teach us at school or at home, play with other children in a good manner and we learned how to purify water for clean drinking water and how to take care of our planet and to love ourselves.

What do you want to do in future and why? I want become a lawyer because we need justice in the community and protection and law enforcement when it comes to women and children’s rights many are still suffering due to lack of no one to take a stand for them or hear their voice.

Why are you still in scouts? Am learning more about life and my future, it inspires me to be a good example to other children and am reaching my dreams for a better future because of scouts.

My mum helped me write this letter.

Thank you mumma

Nyiko

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Avuxeni, Minjane! Um Fekile Minjani!

Every time you give, you encourage me! You encourage the children that we share! You give us the ability to hope and dream about what could be and in many cases, because of you, the children are able to achieve their dreams! They dared to dream when so much around them was pulling them down or into bad choices, but then you happened.

You are an intracle puzzle piece that fits into their lives and into the life force of KTD196.

Have you ever noticed a puzzle piece has both protrusions and hollows? Imagine you are this puzzle piece, in order for you to be locked in, you are made secure by the gifts you bring to a situation but also by the gaps you have! What do I mean? Well imagine you are this puzzle piece, you fit into other pieces of the puzzle by sharing the gifts that you bring but the gaps that you have to allow you to fit into other pieces, people just like you but with complimentary gifts, that also locks you into place. Whether it is a family, a community, a job, or society as a whole, we all need to "fit" in order to be complete.

Often we focus on the deficits and try to compensate for those deficits when we just weren't made that way. We have a tendency to want to give to situations not to have noticeable gaps or be vulnerable and exposed in our deficits. However that is what makes us human, we need others in order to be whole!

I would often become frustrated with my gaps, try and become someone else, and put myself under stress to change only to find that I would stress myself out by trying to be someone I was not. Don't get me wrong, we can learn new skills, acquire new knowledge, and also fake it till you make it attitude, but the reality is, we are only fooling ourselves and preventing others who are gifted in those areas from shining and locking us into to a secure bigger picture!

I believe we all have God-given talents and strengths. We also have God-given deficits because without the deficits we would not need each other, we would not need community, and we would not create the world we want to see. We all need to be present to complete the picture. Often we can say "We are not enough!" we can look at this world and all its struggles, but personally as long as we are present, as long as we are in the correct place, linked in, we are more than enough.

You have chosen to engage with KTD196 and our kids, you have become an extremely important piece of their puzzle, and you have supported, encouraged, and provided resources to assist our kids to become complete. That is an amazing gift you have given! Dare I say that in return, we complete the gap that you have, the need to be locked in and to make a difference! To be part of the solution.

For those of you who already give on a monthly basis, thank you for being a part of our community, a part of our puzzle. If you are not yet a recurring donor, I would warmly invite you to consider setting up a reoccurring donation on a monthly basis. Consistent support is the key as this is the best way to ensure ongoing impact.

Thank you so much!

God Bless you

Louise

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Avuxeni, Minjane! Um Fekile Minjani!

Every time you give, you encourage me! You encourage the children that we share! You give us the ability to hope and dream about what could be and in many cases, because of you, the children are able to achieve their dreams! They dared to dream when so much around them was pulling them down or into bad choices, but then you happened.

You are an intracle puzzle piece that fits into their lives and into the life force of KTD196.

Have you ever noticed a puzzle piece has both protrusions and hollows? Imagine you are this puzzle piece, in order for you to be locked in, you are made secure by the gifts you bring to a situation but also by the gaps you have! What do I mean? Well imagine you are this puzzle piece, you fit into other pieces of the puzzle by sharing the gifts that you bring but the gaps that you have to allow you to fit into other pieces, people just like you but with complimentary gifts, that also locks you into place. Whether it is a family, a community, a job, or society as a whole, we all need to "fit" in order to be complete.

Often we focus on the deficits and try to compensate for those deficits when we just weren't made that way. We have a tendency to want to give to situations not to have noticeable gaps or be vulnerable and exposed in our deficits. However that is what makes us human, we need others in order to be whole!

I would often become frustrated with my gaps, try and become someone else, and put myself under stress to change only to find that I would stress myself out by trying to be someone I was not. Don't get me wrong, we can learn new skills, acquire new knowledge, and also fake it till you make it attitude, but the reality is, we are only fooling ourselves and preventing others who are gifted in those areas from shining and locking us into to a secure bigger picture!

I believe we all have God-given talents and strengths. We also have God-given deficits because without the deficits we would not need each other, we would not need community, and we would not create the world we want to see. We all need to be present to complete the picture. Often we can say "We are not enough!" we can look at this world and all its struggles, but personally as long as we are present, as long as we are in the correct place, linked in, we are more than enough.

You have chosen to engage with KTD196 and our kids, you have become an extremely important piece of their puzzle, and you have supported, encouraged, and provided resources to assist our kids to become complete. That is an amazing gift you have given! Dare I say that in return, we complete the gap that you have, the need to be locked in and to make a difference! To be part of the solution.

For those of you who already give on a monthly basis, thank you for being a part of our community, a part of our puzzle. If you are not yet a recurring donor, I would warmly invite you to consider setting up a reoccurring donation on a monthly basis. Consistent support is the key as this is the best way to ensure ongoing impact.

Thank you so much!

God Bless you

Louise

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Nkulu the National Cub Program Co-ordinator
Nkulu the National Cub Program Co-ordinator

Good morning, I trust you are well? Thank you for your ongoing support of KTD196, I know I say this every week but seriously your support has enabled us to continue with our services to the children and parents in our province. I am so grateful and so aware of the huge debt we owe you. Your support is bringing hope and life, this is not hyperbole this is fact. Watching the children and the adult's faces each week become hopeful and start to become excited about the future is just so amazing. You are responsible for that. Without you, there would be no KTD196, no program, no hope!

Nkulu was our first Scout in 2003. Her sister Khanyisa was our first Cub in 2003. Nkulu has played such a large role as a young person in the program, as our first beneficiary to join the KTD196 team as a fully qualified Social Worker and she continues to give to the program in so many ways. She has achieved her BP Award in Scouting (the highest award in the Rover Program Nationally), she also oversees South Africa's National Cub Program, and has also taken on leading the Self Help Group Approach Program. I have introduced her team to you over the last two weeks.

Nkulu is a product of KTD196, she has such passion for children and adults alike, she is a champion of the underdog and goes the extra mile to make a difference in people's lives. Nkulu has held on to her dream and maintained it despite adversity, she persistently gives of herself, her skills, and her abilities to make this world a better place. I am so proud of her as a young woman, as a colleague, and as a friend. She is the caliber of people we are producing.

All of this is by way of introducing Nkulu's story.

Blessings to you all

Louise

 

I started scouts in 2003, as one of the children who were on the pilot phase and immediately loved it. I was a scout for 6 years and I have made so many friends. My most precious experience was when I went to Johannesburg for PLTU Course (Patrol Leader Training Unit), we were trained on leadership skills, how to instruct and first aid. Through the training I discovered my career path, I knew right away that I wanted to work with children. After getting my Social Work degree I started working for Keep The Dream 196, I have been enjoying it because one of my deepest passions is working with children. Through KTD196 I have been given the opportunity to change and amend the National Scouts Programme for children throughout South Africa to make it achievable for children in rural and developing communities.

One of my special moments as a Social Worker was when my colleague and I were helping out at one of the school groups under Keep The Dream 196. I was in charge of the scout group (age 11-15) and it was doing well, the children were coming to the meeting and actively participating. During one of our troop meetings, a school teacher came with a young boy, looking very angry and she didn’t know what to do with the boy.

When she came to me her immediate words were “please help us with this little thief, I am tired, the school is tired and you are our last resort”. After she said that she didn’t even wait for me to respond, she let go of the child and left. Most of the children in the group started rejecting the boy as well because he was a thief and they didn’t want any of their stuff to go missing. After the 1st meeting, I asked some of the leaders in the group why they didn’t want him in the troop. They explained that the boy was a thief, he steals pens just to throw them away, he lies and he sometimes doesn’t sleep at home.

I was very worried that the boy sometimes didn’t sleep at home, I had to get more information on him. I decided to go back to the teacher who brought him and asked her to tell me a bit more about the boy she brought to the troop meeting. The teacher explained that the child was basically staying all alone, his mom had a drinking problem and his grandmother sold alcohol as well. The boy practically takes care of himself, he sometimes steals money from his mom not to use it but just to stress his mother. She never attends any parent meetings or cares about how her child is doing academically. The teacher also explained that his grades have been dropping for a while and his mother doesn’t care at all.

The following week the boy tried running away from the troop but I called him and asked him to come and he did, I told the other children that we are not perfect and should support each other. The little boy smiled and he asked if he can part of a patrol. He continued coming, he was very active within the troop and I saw how children were starting to accept him and had stopped calling him a thief. The boy started living a positive life, children who were staying next to him explained that he was always home and had started playing soccer. He was no longer stealing from his mother and would sleep at home. Through Keep The Dream 196 I have gained a lot of experience in community development, project management, training in Gender-Based Violence, and my self-confidence has improved as well.

I have also had the privilege of representing KTD196 at the International level in Thailand and Kenya working on Child Protection Policies because of my Social Work Degree. I am now also working with the World Scout Movement on the Safe Scouting Policy. KTD196 has opened up so many doors for me to grow and develop but also to influence and bring hope and change to others. The children see me and they see that they too can reach their dreams! Thank you KTD196 you will always be my home! Nkulu

Nkululeko ‘Nkulu’ was the first Rover in the Limpopo Scout Region to obtain the BP Award, which is the highest Award in South African Rovering. I spoke to her about the role KTD196 and Scouting have had in her life and how she feels about making Rover history in Limpopo. ‘I come from a small village called Shiluvane in Limpopo.

I joined the Scout Movement way back in 2003 as a Scout when my mother Elizabeth Mabuza introduced me to it”, explains Nkulu. “My mother was – and still is – part of the Scouts’ family through the partnership with local NGO ‘Keep The Dream 196’. Even though I was a child, I could see how the program was impacting my life and so I started being fully involved in 2004. My character was developing gracefully and I realized that I was behaving differently than many other children in my community.

It was clear that I was learning a lot of things like leadership skills, self-leadership, communication skills, project management skills, perseverance, and of course pioneering – where I learned more about ropes and knots”, she says with a smile. When Nkulu turned 18yrs she stepped into adult uniform, joined the ‘KDT196’ team, and started her own Cub Pack for children aged 7-11yrs, plus spearheaded the growth of Cubbing throughout the Limpopo Scout Region once she graduated from university. However, every journey has its challenges and Nkulu has encountered – and overcome – some along the way. “One of my biggest challenges was time management,” continues Nkulu. “At some point, I had to juggle academics as a university student and Scouting. I’m also a bit of an overachiever and so I tried to perfect everything that I did, even things that were beyond my control.

So that was challenging at times. But I was able to overcome these challenges by looking at the bigger picture and what I wanted to achieve. I learned that I can do anything I put my mind to.” Nkulu remained focused on completing the activities required in order for her to achieve her BP Award.

“I was elated when I was handed my BP Award,” she says excitedly. “I felt honored and appreciated that my hard work and dedication had finally paid off. It also boosted my profile and leadership skills. Rovering is all about service and I am so passionate about community development and about helping children in rural communities to achieve their dreams with the little resources that they have. Some of the activities that I ran within my community included the color run, career exhibitions, and a recycling project which was done at one of our schools” she adds.

I am now in my professional life leading a team of older ladies as we develop the SHGA in the poorest areas in the Greater Tzaneen. We have 13 groups of 20 women established, plus 5 from last year's pilot phase. It is so exciting to see the women become financially independent and meet their own financial needs. We are starting the next phase of this project where they woman starting to identify small businesses with the cash flow they now have. This will catapult them to the next level of financial independence.

I love the work I do, in fact, if I could, I would do this work for free I enjoy it so much.

Nkululeko is currently also the Chair of the National Cub program in South Africa. “In addition to achieving my BP Award as a Rover, I also plan on continuing to work together with my Cub team to achieve all our goals and fulfill all my duties. I am working on behalf of the cubs of South Africa to ensure the program is achievable for all children. Moreover, by completing the Personal Bar and Movement Bar within the Rover Programme I have learned that values acquired in Scouting stay with you and motivate you to do more in life. “All of this was made possible through Louise and my mother Elizabeth and their vision to help orphan and vulnerable children in Limpopo by starting Keep The Dream196, and with your sponsorship!

In South Africa, we have a saying “It takes a village to raise a child!” I hope you are happy with your investment in my life. I am like so many others coming up behind me, I just have the privilege of being the first in our province to be awarded this award, but watch this space, more are coming through thanks to you!”

Thank you so much and God Bless you

Nkulu

Nkulu the Project Manager
Nkulu the Project Manager

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Look at the JOY! You have done this!
Look at the JOY! You have done this!

Thank you so much for all you are doing for the children and their mothers in Limpopo! Your donations are bringing new hope to whole families.

Last Thursday I visited 3 Self Help Groups (SHG), I wanted to meet the ladies, to see how they took ownership of their SHG, and to hear about the impact for myself. I was amazed. For the first time in many of their lives, they said they had hope for the future. The money is steadily growing within their groups and the ladies are now starting to think about small businesses they can create to generate an ongoing income.

It is really so humbling, when I first arrived the ladies started singing and ululating to celebrate my arrival. They had been informed a malungu (white) woman was the person who brought SHG to their village and they were so happy to finally meet me. I wish you had been there, I really do. I went to 3 groups on that day and the reception was similar.

The ladies from the first group were all Mozambican refugees. Refugees are the most impoverished people group in this society. This group was one of the original 5 groups that were started last year. They have now become largely independent of KTD196 which is wonderful. The ladies are starting small businesses in order to become financially free.

One lady Julia is seen in the photo with a half-built chicken coop in the background. This coop is actually in a better condition than her mud house which houses her daughters and her grandchildren. Once the coop is complete the chickens which she currently has are in a very small 2x2metre enclosure and will be able to live, reproduce and give eggs for sale. By the end of May she should have finished the work and her business will start in a formal way.

The ladies all have such a sense of excitement at being able to meet their own financial needs. Their children have shoes for school especially since it is now winter. Just an aside, we are researching a Children's Rights Situational Analysis (CRSA). We have started with doing group interviews regarding the children's enjoyment of their rights. One issue that was repeated in different villages was the way in which teachers would mistreat refugee children in general, and refugee children without shoes in particular teachers would deliberately step on their toes to hurt them.

We may not be able to change the attitudes of teachers easily, although we are trying, we are at least through SHG preventing that particular insult. It is incredibly sad to see refugee children being disenfranchised and further marginalized because of inequalities and lack of care and compassion. I just want to add not all teachers do this, however, a majority are vindictive which is incredibly sad. As we develop our proposal following the CRSA we plan on addressing many Rights violations and bringing about real change and the positive enjoyment of the children's rights in particular.

Anyway, thank you for reading this report, and thank you for your ongoing support of the work that we are doing. We can only do this with your support, there is no other way for us to bring effective positive change which lasts. Together we are bringing hope, a sense of destiny, and empowerment.

You are wonderful

Blessings

Louise

Julia's chicken coop in the making! She's so proud
Julia's chicken coop in the making! She's so proud

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Keep The Dream196

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