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

Avuxeni Chome, Minjani? Um fekili minjane!

Hello friend, how are you? I am well!

This will be short and sweet.

I was recently interviewed by Adam Asher from EDGE OF ADVENTURE. I have included it below in the link. So if you are interested please grab a cup of coffee and sit back, it takes almost an hour I am afraid. I hope you find it interesting and I hope you will give me feedback.

I am in the process of updating our website and linking 4professional video's that have been made about KTD196 and our kids so please watch this space. I have been amazed that the media have picked up on us and have been willing to make these free video's so that is coming as well.

I want to thank you for making all of this possible! Your support enables us to do this job, people are starting to sit up and take notice. We want to change the world one child at a time, we are making such a huge difference. All because you have partnered with us.

Thank you so VERY VERY much!

Together we are saving lives

Blessings

Louise

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Asanda 2017
Asanda 2017

Avuxeni Chome, Minjani? Um fekili minjane!

Hello friend, how are you? I am well!

I LOVE MY JOB! I love seeing the light globe moment on the kid's faces when they get it!! I love seeing their minds switch on to the possibilities that are before them, a new way of thinking and being. I love the fact that we see sustained behavior change in most cases within 3months and this carries them on in life.

I LOVE MY JOB! I love that one minute I can be with a 100kids under the stars camping, having fun with games, watching them master new skills, and the next night is in a 5star hotel on the other side of the country working with government ministers and representatives changing policy for children and for the nation. I love making a difference.

I LOVE MY JOB! I always thought I would be doing something like this when I retired but God brought up the time frame and I actually started working on this dream when I was 40yrs. I always knew I would be working in a 3rd world situation and for me, this is like a hand in a glove. Ok, South Africa is supposed to be a 1st world nation but when people don't have running water, electricity, proper sanitation, proper roads and live in brick, tin, or mud houses with thatched rooves it's a bit difficult to qualify.

Anyway, you are the reason why I am so happy. Don't get me wrong every day there is a new challenge, a new heartbreak a new level of frustration, but your support enables me to LOVE MY JOB! Because of you, I get to see so many kids take hold of the training and support we are giving them, to realize their dreams, and become what they could never dream to be before KTD196 became into existence. 

Thank you! Ndza nkhensa swenene ngopfu, Ke a leboha, Ndo livhuwa

("Thank you so much" in the Xitsonga, Sotho and Venda languages in Limpopo)

Blessings

Louise

 

I am Asanda (twenty years old) from 1st Mhagweni Scouts, UL Rover’s Crew. I started Scouts later in 2013, so I have been in Scouts for about nine years to date. A little background story, Scouts was introduced to me via school and I remember on my first day I just when there to check out what this Scouting is all about and when I got there I really enjoyed the activities we did for the day, for someone that is quite shy and introverted I felt free I was happy and I just wanted more of it that’s when I decided to fully commit to the movement.

My journey in Scouts has been quite amazing, I meet good leaders who have been playing a very good role in KTD196, I managed to make friends that made the journey to be very exciting and fun, and a lot of other amazing people. That was a huge deal for me as I really was terribly shy. I was empowered to do public speaking which terrified me in the beginning but I became confident over time.

I learned leadership skills, I mentored the younger children, and we took control of our troop and managed it ourselves using the Spider Tool. We were responsible for the management, administration, planning, monitoring, and evaluation of our performance as a troop. I am learning about this at university now but I knew about project management in high school. I learned about conflict management and resolution during scouts when we had difficult issues to overcome such as our adult leader was not representing scouts nicely in the community so we asked her to leave. We found a replacement and trained the new adult. It was a difficult time for all of us, especially for me because I don’t like conflict, but I learned not to be scared of conflict. I still don’t like it but I am no longer scared of it.

The activities such as camping, hiking, and living outdoors which I believe are the best and most exciting things about Scouts, they have contributed a lot to me being free and open around other people they really contributed to my personal growth. The most important lessons I learned are being kind, showing love and respect for the next person, and building a buddy system.

The Scouts project has been been a good journey that needs commitment, I believe I have managed to stick around up to this far because I really love Scouts and the spirit just lives in me.

I am now studying for a Bachelor of Information Science, I want to work in anything to do with research and information knowledge management. I see knowledge management as a key industry for the future, possibly to become an information broker or business analyst.

Lastly, I am grateful for all the people who have supported us and stuck with Keep The Dream196 up to this far, you are making a very huge impact in so many children’s lives, I am just one of them.

Thank you

Asanda

Asanda 2022
Asanda 2022

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Katlego in 2022
Katlego in 2022

Avuxeni, Minjani? Um fekile min jani! Hello, how are you? I am fine!

I want to start this report of with how grateful I am to each and everyone who supports the children of KTD196. You are invaluable to us and to the children we serve. Without you, we would not be able to achieve what we are achieving.

I was asked by a KTD196 supporter, "If KTD196 ceased to exist, would anyone miss us?"

This question got me thinking!

How often do people notice when you are not there?

We would have, statistically speaking:

  • 2,017 more children in South Africa through our teenage girls statistically becoming pregnant! The government would be spending R187million more rand on child support grants alone.
  • 2,017 more girls would struggle with completing their matriculation and going on to find work or further study.
  • This means potentially 2,017 more families would be dependent on the Child Support Grant alone. Not contributing to the tax base, not working towards the development of South Africa but taking from her resources.

Without Keep The Dream196 we would not see young people develop and grow with their eyes on supporting their families and communities to develop. We would still have a 62% matriculation pass rate and not the 92% we currently experience in the program.

Crime, well 70% of all children under the age of 18yrs are victims and/or perpetrators of crime. We have had one child in over 12,000 in 19yrs go through the courts. Not 70%. I wonder if KTD196 was not here if those crimes would have touched your family, your neighborhood, your community? It's an interesting thought if we were not here!

These are just some of the impacts that this area would experience without Keep The Dream196?

Then I started to think about the impact of your support, KTD196 is only here because of you, your support, your care for the children we serve, your interest in making this a better world, especially for children. I am so grateful for your ongoing support! We are able to do the work we do and see the lives of our kids change because of you!

It's only through your donation we are able to have the impact we are having. Please consider starting a monthly donation scheme.

Thank you for standing with us and making a difference in the lives of the children we serve.

Gratefully

Louise

 

My name is Katlego from Mhangweni village. When I first met Mum Louise I was 12yrs old, now I am 22yrs of age and I am in University studying a Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase.

I’ve been in scouts for many years. I joined scouts just for fun because when I joined scouts I was 12 years old and I liked the games they were playing but then there was a lot to learn especially through the games. Before I joined Keep The Dream196, I was a naughty boy who disrespected his parents and siblings. I never listened to what they used to tell me or instructed me to do because of my arrogance My parents tried to call family meetings and church pastors for me but I failed to change.

The reason I did all such things was that I wanted to please my friends, peer pressure was very bad. I was so insecure and so easily led, I tried to be a tough guy to stop being bullied, I tried to be a smart arse and was very cocky.

I had no respect for the environment or how to take care of it, I would vandalize and create trouble everywhere. At school, I used to disobey my teachers and also didn’t do my school work and I hated people without reason, I had no respect for anyone. I was not a very nice child.

After I had been part of Keep The Dream196 there were so many changes in my life. One of my favourite memories is when I got to go and see a lion. So many children live so close to the Kruger National Park but we were too poor to go there. Through KTD196 we were able to go to a wildlife park and actually see a lion very close, it was an amazing experience that I would never have had otherwise.

Keep The Dream196 taught me how to respect people and even scout law no5 states that “a scout is courteous”. I quickly became an honest young man who obeyed my parents and school teachers. In high school, I started achieving better grades and because of KTD196 support, I received a bachelor's entrance into university.

The skills that I have learned in the program I am now applying at University.

I am now in Rovers which is the 4th level of the KTD196 program. I have encouraged other university students to join the program. There is a lot of pressure at university, you are away from home, peer pressure is great, a lot of the students drink, party all night, skip class, don't attend lectures, take drugs. It would be easy to fall back into old habits but I have been transformed. KTD196's program continues to give me strength, to hold on to my dreams, and to give back as I can.

Originally I wanted to be a lawyer, but then I realized when I was working with Cubs (children aged between 7-11yrs) that I seriously loved working with young children. KTD196 assisted me to get a bursary to study Education, I want to be a Foundation Teacher, I want to be a male role model to young children, I see there is a huge gap as sadly many boys and men get girls pregnant and then run away. The children grow up without any positive male role model. If I can make them feel secure, have self-respect, and grow right from the beginning, they won't have to deal with the issues I dealt with growing up. They will have a better foundation for life than I did, and won't make the mistakes I made.

This year I will be attending a Cub Warrant Training so that I can run my own group of kids aged between 7-10,5yrs.

Grow big Keep The Dream196, I love you and your team! I always will be part of KTD196. I want my children to be a part of KTD196. I will use the things I have been taught for other people's children, so they can grow up and have a good future. I truly believe KTD196 saved me from a terrible future.

THANK YOU to everyone who supported me on my journey in KTD196, I look forward to doing the same for other people's children and eventually my own. Keep up the good work.

Thank you

Katlego

Katlego in 2018
Katlego in 2018
In 2013 I saw my first lion, because of KTD196
In 2013 I saw my first lion, because of KTD196

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Tamea 2021
Tamea 2021

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the KTD196 Community of Supporters! If you are new to us, please enjoy meeting Tamea one of the people this program has assisted. She has been with us through all 3 branches of our program and is eager to give back and serve others. 

For those who have been with us for a while, you are awesome! Thank you for sharing this journey with us and for making such a huge difference in the children we serve. Tamea's story is no different from many of the kids we support. Tamea is a product of KTD196 program, we are changing lives, families, and communities one child at a time. Her success academically she attributes to our program teaching her how to study, persevere, and have hope and a dream. It is so exciting to see her realize her dreams. Tamea is now in her final year and her future looks very bright, I am sure you agree. Through KTD196's support, she was able to access a bursary otherwise, she would not financially be able to study, her mother is unemployed and she does not have a father.

I hope you enjoy reading about Tamea's journey and are proud of her achievements and the role you played in her success!

Blessings

Louise

My name is Ntshuxeko (but my friends call me Tamea), and I am 20yrs old. I started with KTD96 in 2010. Before I joined KTD196 I was very ignorant about life and didn’t care about most things, I didn’t care about basic issues such as water shortage, load shedding, littering, climate change, deforestation, and the impact that all has on people. I didn’t know that the provision of safe water was a human rights issue and that we need to hold duty bearers accountable to meet these basic needs.

After joining the movement I became more aware, this program has opened many doors for me. Doors of knowledge such as I have learned about first aid, mapping, gardening and this has equipped me for everyday life and continues to help me. Through the knowledge gained I can help people and teach others which, not only did it help me as an individual, it also impacted those around me positively. I met many different people which helped me with my communication skills and I have grown in confidence and competence.

I feel like back in high school and now in university, it is easy to get out of line and lose yourself but the children’s program was there to remind me to stay in place, do the right thing. We had scout laws and promise that we had to follow so this reminded me every day that my honor is to be trusted and my duty is to be useful and help others. This helped me to stay in line and not make unnecessary mistakes and to always stay rooted and true to myself. I try my hardest and always help others. We would do a lot of activities in the program such as camping, hiking, and also strategic planning which helped me to make informed considered choices in life and to always do my best in everything I tried. Failure was seen as an opportunity to learn not a place to stay.

Now that I'm over 18yrs I am a rover (the 3rd program KTD196 has) and it’s just as exciting as it was when I was a scout. The difference is that now we do a lot of things by ourselves and that has taught me further responsibility and that I am capable of not just leading myself but also others. I am in university studying accounting science. I also am giving back to KTD196 because I am the Rover chairperson for Limpopo Province, I have the privilege of leading and guiding other young leaders to be better people. I'm doing great so thank you for providing me with people to look up to, people who inspire me to become a better human being every day... I know I would not be where I am today without your support.

Thank you

Tamea

Tamea 2021
Tamea 2021

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This is a post that I put on Facebook at the beginning of the year for Keep The Dream196. We all need encouragement as we travel this journey together. We all need to know we are important, that we are appreciated and that what we do has made or will make a difference to others.

It has stuck in my mind how important you are to me, to KTD196, to the children we serve, and to the lives, we have changed. None of this would or could happen without your contribution. You are the powerhouse behind our success.

In the past, I have written about what you mean to us, to KTD196, to the children however I sometimes also get the feeling that you think this is just a financial transaction. You give, we receive! It is so much more on our side. We know you could have given to any one of the over 7,000 organizations registered with GlobalGiving. You could have given outside of GG to any number of the millions of organizations out there! But no! You chose to give to the children of KTD196 and I am very grateful.

I have had personal contact with some sponsors, you have asked questions, sent encouragement, inspired us to do better, all of which I am very grateful for. I would like to hear from you about what else you would like to know about? How else I can meet your needs as our supporter? Is there any particular information you would like to know? I know it is another thing to do but I am serious about making this a community of supporters! For you to feel appreciated and a part of KTD196? I need to know you are satisfied. If there are any changes you would like to see?

I am in the process of scheduling our reports for the year and this will help me meet your needs and mine as I need to decide what you would like to hear about over this year.

I want to thank you for your support, your efforts to reach out to me, your interest in our kids and in South Africa in general. You make us shine! I am very grateful.

Blessings

Louise

 

As we excitedly start the New Year, I want to take this time to remember those who didn't make it into 2022.

Throughout the course of the last two years, like many of you, I am sure, I have lost family and friends. I don't want to be morbid but I do want to pause and reflect on the preciousness of life, that life is not guaranteed, and that we cannot afford to take life for granted. We need to be the best versions of ourselves for the sake of others.

Kindness can cover over a multitude of hurts and grief, we have the power to change other people's negative experiences of life.

An Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, once said, "Life wasn't meant to be easy". As I think about this quote I think Life especially when it isn't easy is meant to bring out the best in us! It is an opportunity for us to be kind and considerate, to help one another, to encourage and support each other. It is an opportunity to showcase our humanity despite the circumstances we find ourselves in.

 

Let 2022 be just that, 365days of opportunities to be our best, to show our best, to do our best, and care for one another. Let’s continue to make a difference in our families, schools, workplaces, communities, and society in general.

God bless you and your families.

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