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
Color Fun Run 2022
Color Fun Run 2022

Phew! What a wonderful, albeit wet and soggy day!

We expected approximately 140children and instead, we had almost 170 children arrive to participate in the event.

It was wonderful to see the transformation on the children's faces. This area we have not really been able to work in successfully due to a lack of support by the parents and communities in general.

We watch the faces change from suspicion and reservedness to one of pure joy once the color went up.

Our biggest delay of the day was waiting for the Traffic Police to come and escort the fun run side of the event however after a 4hour delay, in the rain, and a few games to keep the children occupied while they waited, we were off.

What blessed me for the day was the Rovers who came to support the event and assist with logistics and games. They came without being asked, they took it upon themselves to travel 2hours to get to this event and provide KTD196 with the support.

What also blessed me was the Circuit Manager came and participated for 3hours before the run, sadly she was called away to attend to a school issue in another village. It was wonderful to see her there plus her team and a few teachers. Sadly, no parents but that will come with time.

We had donations in kind from businesses in Tzaneen. Sadly the business that offered us hot dogs the week before, which I spoke about, changed their minds but we were able to provide the children with sandwiches and a drink instead, such is the donation world in which we exist.

I just wanted to let you know and see what we were up to so that you can feel a part of it all. Thank you for your support! You might think "So what? A fun run, so what?" It is huge! The kids came to school on the weekend, they traveled from 4 different villages to attend, they actively participated, they had fun, the community through the village run got to see kids having fun and doing something constructive, they got a lot of positive attention which is not usual. The children's faces lit up with JOY! Again, not something they experience often. In the communities where we work, there are no sporting activities, after-school activities, or facilities for children at all. Children are left to entertain themselves, most don't have television or smartphones. In our experience, boredom is a recipe for disaster.

Thank you for being a part of the journey for the Motupa area.

Thank you for enabling us to make a difference, this is just the first step, the next step will be community service work so the communities can see that children can make a positive difference in family, school, and community life. After a couple of years of the program, we will start working on ways the children can actively participate in decision-making within the family, school and community. It is all a process of which you are apart.

THANK YOU and God Bless YOU!

Louise

ps our new website will be live this week, check it out!

This is how we started our day!
This is how we started our day!
And this is how we ended the day! Pure Enjoyment!
And this is how we ended the day! Pure Enjoyment!

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Color Fun Run 2020
Color Fun Run 2020

YYYIIIIIIIIIIIIPPPPPPPPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally, Covid regulations have eased and we are having our first big District EVENT on Saturday.

It will be a Color FUN RUN! The children and adults are so excited.

We have raised sponsorship from the local town to sponsor

  • Paint
  • Hot dogs
  • Hot dog rolls
  • Fruit
  • Water

It is wonderful to feel so free!

The theme is our motto "Building Today Tomorrow!"

We want to educate the community where the run is being held that children are our natural resource, what we do now defines our future! Build them now and have leaders of the future who are strong, dynamic, enthusiastic, honest and integral leaders. Don't build them, you will get more of the same, corruption, lying, weak, dull people who are sheep to be led.

This is a real issue for village people to see the potential of children and what is possible and that work is required to produce the next Nelson Mandela.

So, on we go!

This week there is an old video I found on our YouTube Channel, it was one of the first tries I had but couldn't edit the content. Ronny speaks mainly about Scouts but KTD196 implements Scouts as its Children's Program with other content designed to Reduce Teen Pregnancy, Suicide, Gender-Based Violence, etc.

I hope you enjoy his very candid story and the impact KTD196 has had on his life. I am very happy to report he is an IT specialist working as a resource in one of our large insurance businesses in Johannesburg, he also has his own non-profit working in Alexandria a black location area; he is married with a wife and child (who by chance was in our program at 11yrs of age as well)

Take care, we are changing destinies through your help and support

Blessings

Louise

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Makungu at aged 14yrs!
Makungu at aged 14yrs!

Welcome to our weekly update! I hope you are finding these interesting and informative.

Thank you so much for partnering with KTD196, you are having an amazing impact by saving lives, literally.

Today I want to talk about teenage pregnancy! Teenage pregnancy is the new PANDEMIC in South Africa.

Yes I know I have done that before however there are a lot of new supporters that may not know what we do and how that need to understand why this program is so important! Before KTD196 was born, I performed a focus group with 13girls and asked them "Why there are so many teenagers getting pregnant?" Their response floored me, apart from rape, transactional sex (sex for money or gifts or grades at school) the biggest response was "We are bored, there is nothing to do, sex is free!" So as part of the program, we keep the children busy daily but also instill morals and values through a code of conduct.

Here are some facts that you might like to consider!

FACT #1 The proportion of women, by the time they are 19yrs of age, who have ever been pregnant is 25%. The teenage (10-19yrs) pregnancy rate is 13.9% of all registered births in 2016, this does not include home births, stillbirths, abortions, unregistered births, or miscarriages. The number of deliveries by under 18yr olds in 2016 at medical facilities is only 7.4% and so a large proportion has home births which increases maternal mortality and neonatal mortality.

KTD196 pregnancy rate is 0.07% over 15yrs (12 girls over 19 years) have become pregnant while in our program. We have saved the government over R87million in Child Support Grants they do not have to payout. This does not include costs associated with 2,018 teenagers attending:

* Antenatal Clinic visits

* Antenatal blood screening

* Antenatal medications

* Nevirapine

* Postnatal Clinic visits

* Tertiary hospital referrals for delivery

* Caesarian Sections - delivery and inpatient costs associated with a child giving birth

* Neonatal ICU for the baby

* Follow up Well Baby clinics, Immunizations, sickly children, and ongoing hospital admissions for mother and child.

* Management and cost involved for spontaneous abortions

* Management and cost involved for medical abortions

FACT #2 There are 400,000 new HIV infections (23%) per annum amongst adolescent girls and young women aged between 16-24yrs. Because our children are abstaining from sexual activity the possibility of becoming HIV infected is negligible. However, 23% of 716 girls in our program = 165 (potentially infected by HIV) x R1,700 (Cost of Antiretroviral alone per year) which is a saving of R280,500 per year. The savings to the government in 10years are over R2million.

This does not include:

* Clinic visits

* Treatment of opportunistic infections

* CD4 and Viral load pathology tests

* Tuberculosis co-infection treatment and management

* Other Sexually Transmitted Infections treatment and management

* Maternal Mortality for pregnant teenagers is 97.7 of 100,000

* Neonatal Mortality for teenage mothers is 34.4 of 100,000

* Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis treatment and management (R200,000 per year)

Keep The Dream196 has trained over 2,500 children in HIV prevention and gender-based violence prevention. We also have trained over 250 HIV Peer Educators to share the truth about HIV and to dispel myths that still pervade this society.

I am sure you agree that this is a tragic needless loss of life to families, communities, and the nation, however, this is exactly what you are preventing through your support! This and so much more I will share in later reports.

I hope you are encouraged by the work we do and understand the impact we are having. 716 babies have not been born! They have not been aborted because they have not been conceived. The children are being children and enjoying being children and not mothers.

Thank you once again for your support, it really is awesome however we URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP. It is life and death to these girls. Help us to prevent unwanted pregnancies and to assist the girl children to realize their potential through KTD196.

Blessings

Louise

ps Please check our YouTube channel for some fun videos of some of the school holiday activities!

 

Makungu 17yrs of age girl “I used to be a bully at school but now I stop others from bullying, I am a kind person now. I show respect to other children and especially my parents. If KTD196 had not come into my life I think I would have been in jail for stealing or having a child. I have changed so much to a respectful polite child. I was not a good kid before I joined the program. I want to be a geoscientist when I leave school”

The alternative for 23% of all girl children!
The alternative for 23% of all girl children!

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Thank you!
Thank you!

Avuxeni, Minjani!

Greetings, thank you for taking the time to read this report. I hope you find it interesting!

Each week I think, "if I was donating to KTD196 what would I like to hear about?"

Today I thought you might like to hear about what the kids are doing during the school holidays. Each holiday period we put in extra activities so that the children are kept busy.

When we first started in 2003, I remember asking a group of young girls, all around the age 10-13yrs, I asked them why they thought Teenage Pregnancy was so high? Their comments were insightful and just so powerful. They all agreed that boredom was the cause. There was nothing else to do........!

I was gobsmacked. Something so serious could so easily be prevented. Yes, I know, there are a lot of other dynamics in play like peer pressure, trading marks for sex with school teachers, "blessers" which is a polite term for adults who pay for sex with young people through buying them gifts, basically transactional sex, however, the bottom line according to the children we work with is that boredom is at the root.

Even through Covid, our teenage pregnancy rate was 0, the rest of the country saw an explosion to 20% of all school-going girls becoming pregnant during this time.

So our strategy is to build in a morals and values foundation for these kids' lives and combine keeping them busy.

The school holidays are the most challenging however we plug in extra programs and activities to compensate.

In the second photo, you will see some recycled arts and crafts. Often times this is the first time the children have used paint or created anything craft-wise other than coloring in, usually with led pencils. In the series that follows are the kids preventing land erosion and keeping the road safe for taxis for when the rainy season starts. By keeping the children busy with worthwhile projects, the community is appreciative of the work done, they are happy, they treat the children with greater esteem, and are willing to contribute small amounts of money for the children to buy resources such as paint and glitter for other activities.

I have included a short video as a link and also other photo's for you to see the work they have completed just on one small section of the road. There are many other sections to have potholes filled in, edges cleared, litter to be removed.

I hope you will celebrate with us the effort these children go to in order to be useful and help others.

Blessings to you

Louise

Arts and Crafts
Arts and Crafts
Shoring up the roadway
Shoring up the roadway
Team Work
Team Work

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Savhanna
Savhanna

Avuxeni, minjane! Hello, how are you?

Did you enjoy the podcast from last week? I am not sure if you have had a chance to watch the video but if you did, I would love to have feedback!

Thank you so much for your continued support! You are making such a difference in the lives of the children we serve. I wish you could see the hope in their eyes, the spring in their step, and the determination in their faces. It is wonderful and I am so privileged to witness this.

Your donation is changing lives. Thank you so much.

A few months ago I introduced you to Engel, one of our Rovers who has taken on the role of "Social Influencer", the testimony below is written by her. She interviewed Savhanna on receipt of her Leaping Wolf, the highest badge in Cubs and which is internationally recognized. I am sure you will applaud her first effort at being a reporter!

Our program is becoming more and more sustainable as the young adults rise up in the program and assist the organization in activities and programs. I hope you enjoy Engels writing and Savhanna's story. Keep The Dream196 is the sponsoring organization for this group.

Blessings and thank you once again

Louise

 

Savhanna is an 11-year-old girl from Polokwane in the Limpopo Region.

In 2021 she was one of the Cubs from the 1st Polokwane Scout Group to receive her Leaping Wolf from Chief Commissioner and from Louise the Director of KTD196 as well as Nkulu the National Cub Program co-ordinator who is KTD196 social worker.

When talking to her I discovered a young girl whose confidence and drive is inspiring! “I felt so happy and appreciated when I got my Leaping Wolf Award,” says Savhanna smiling. “I joined Scouting a few years back when I was 8 years old. Since then I have learned a lot of things.  I know how to tie knots and use ropes and I also learned to survive in the wild. I feel that my communication skills have improved by talking and being around other people during Cub activities. I can work better in a team than I could before. I think it’s important in Scouting to always take advantage of opportunities and have fun.”

As an adventurous person, Savhanna was deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic when events and activities had to be either postponed or canceled. “It wasn’t easy to do my Leaping Wolf with Covid regulations but I did it step by step. One of the activities I did to get this award is the water challenge where I learned more about the challenges that certain people encounter. I also learned how to do knots and made my own knotting board. One of my personal challenges was doing the Magoebaskloof canopy tour where I had to face my fears … height!”

My communication skills improved by being around others during Cub activities.

Savhanna has big future plans in Scouting. “My goal is to grow the Scouting community by recruiting other people. I aim to do this by showing them the fun I have in Scouting. I also want to get my Springbok Award!”

She is clearly a young girl that is willing and ready to tackle all the challenges that come her way both in and outside of Scouting.  Her advice to other Cubs is: “Take opportunities and do all the activities whilst having fun.” To her peers outside of the program, her message is clear “Please join Scouts! It’s the most amazing thing you will ever do!”

Nkulu, Angy and Savhanna 2021
Nkulu, Angy and Savhanna 2021

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Location: Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo - South Africa
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