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
Tzaneen Area from the Drakensburg Mountains
Tzaneen Area from the Drakensburg Mountains

Avuxeni, Min jani? Um fukile!

Thank you for partnering with us for the sake of the children! Thank you for sharing your resources with the children we support and love. Thank you for making the decision to give to KTD196. I know it is not easy, you don’t know me, you don’t know the children, and you give your hard-earned wages to a complete stranger HOPING that we do what we say we do. Hoping you can trust me, us to do what we are doing with the impact we are claiming.

One of the issues of course is that you cannot easily come and verify what we do, I am excited to share that we have been asked to join a pilot project with GlobalGiving to do virtual tours. It will be exciting to see this opportunity to develop.

In 2017 we hosted Tlotlisang, a volunteer from GG who was traveling in Africa, she came to KTD196 and we took her out to some of the groups where we worked, she interacted with the children and leaders, which was wonderful.

Since then you have had to go on faith that we are credible and have the impact we say. Hopefully, with a virtual tour, you will feel more comfortable with what we do, how we do what we do, that we are doing what we say we are doing, meeting us almost in person.

In the meantime, I have updated our YouTube channel with new video’s that I hope you will enjoy. Please take the time to meet some of our amazing kids, see the environments in which they live. Just bear in mind I am not a photographer or filmmaker and have tried my best.

Of course, there is always the option of coming here for yourself and exploring this amazing land. If anyone is interested in Eco-tourism. Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel and building environmental and cultural awareness and respect. We can arrange a series of different experiences from living in a village, with families of some of our children, attending local activities i.e. going to their schools, the local clinics, a soccer match, wedding or funeral if happening, or collecting firewood and water as daily activities. You can be immersed in Xitsonga or/and Sepedi culture, food, and celebrations. We can arrange to pick you up from the airport and transport you safely to your accommodation.

We can also offer day trips or overnight trips to Kruger National Park. The park extends across an area of 7,523 square miles (19,458 sq km) making it the sixth-largest national park across the entire continent of Africa, located in the heart of the safari hub in the north-eastern corner of the country, the iconic national park offers visitors 2-million hectares of unrivaled beauty and outstanding fauna and flora diversity. Other wildlife parks available include Moholoholo Rescue Park, Cheetah Wildlife Rescue Park, Predator Park, or sightseeing this amazing land.

I know travel at present is still fairly restricted however it won’t stay like this forever and coming to KTD196 would mean so much to the children to meet you, their sponsors. Consider coming and experiencing the real South Africa unplugged. Then perhaps you could report back on the platform your experiences and your thoughts? Just a thought.

In the meantime, I want to thank you for your ongoing commitment to the children of KTD196. Together we are changing lives and making a huge difference. Our kids have weathered the storms of Covid and have remained hopeful and positive irrespective. They are determined to be successful. That is because of your support of our program, thank you

Blessings

Louise

Some of the local wildlife!
Some of the local wildlife!

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Career Discussions with our Rovers (over18yr olds)
Career Discussions with our Rovers (over18yr olds)

Thank you for your support! Welcome to all the new amazing supporters to Keep The Dream196.

I want to show you what we have achieved last year despite Covid!

Finally, the matriculation results are out!

I am ecstatic to report that once again we had a 100% pass rate for our learners in Matriculation.

Sadly Covid is being blamed for the drop in the matriculation results, personally, I think it is a lack of commitment shown by the government to equip particularly rural schools with the capacity to provide minimum services to the students to enable them to achieve successful results. We are still dealing with schools that do not have electricity, running water and adequate security never mind computers, teachers who can utilize computers, and teachers who can teach in English! Still, lessons are taught in local languages despite the fact that the matriculation exams are in English.

The following are excerpts from the TIMES LIVE newspaper as comments from the Minister of Education:

  • To obtain a Bachelors pass to access University – the pupils are required to get a minimum of 40% for their home language plus 50% in 4 other subjects and at least 30% in the language of learning.
  • For a Diploma – pupils must obtain 40% for their home language and at least 40% for 3 other subjects and 30% for the language of learning
  • For Higher Certificate Pass – the pupils home language remains 40% and at least 30% in the language of learning and 40% in 2 subjects and a minimum of 30% in the other subjects.

30% pass is a minimum requirement in all subjects to be awarded a Higher Certificate. So as you can see, the pass rate is very low to start with.

Limpopo had a 66% pass rate. That means one in three pupils in Limpopo failed to reach the minimum standard for a Higher Certificate pass. They failed to achieve 30% of their marks and 40% for language. What an indictment.

For Keep The Dream196 we had 100% pass with no Higher Certificate pass, they were Bachelor and Diploma passes. The children learn to persevere and as you can imagine with two years of Covid limited contact education they needed to persevere. Over the last 13yrs, we have had an average pass rate of 92%. Limpopo Dept of Education 64%.

The difference is our program. Together we bring hope for the future. The Children run with this hope, they identify their dreams, and we assist them to work towards that dream. We give them the skills and abilities to realize those dreams. They learn to study effectively, to manage their time, manage their study load, and work as a team as they identify their strengths and weaknesses. It is so exciting to see more children enter tertiary education on the next leg of their journey.

All of this is because of your support. Your investment in our kids is life-changing and future-creating. You are responsible for their success just as much as they are. With future studying through bursaries, we assist those to access, you are changing not just their lives, their families and their villages as these kids break the poverty cycle.

Can you see why me saying “Thank you” just does not cut it! It doesn’t portray effectively what you have done!

You are amazing

Blessings

Louise

Science Expo to assist the children
Science Expo to assist the children
Homework support
Homework support

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Avuxeni, Min Jani (Hello, how are you?)

Thank you for the huge difference your support is making to the children we serve. The money we raise goes towards implementing our children's program, subsidizing all of our activities, training, monitoring, implementation, evaluation etc. Knowing you have our backs is huge, thank you!

Also, I want to thank those who answered the call to start monthly donation giving, that is awesome. You are so amazing. It helps us so much to be able to plan effectively knowing we have whatever amounts coming in on a monthly basis.

Regarding thank-you notes, when someone donates for the first time they receive an email outlining our activities and impact. Once you donate again or monthly, then you receive a personal note from me. Except for those who choose to donate anonymously, I cannot determine if you have donated before so I sent the same thank you each time. I do apologize but that is the system we have to work with. Also, for those who use cheques, these cheques may only appear on my system 6-8weeks after the fact, which may mean they don’t appear on my screen and I have to go back a page or so to find them. Why is this an issue, I may not see your gift until months later so I cannot send thank you’s timeously. It’s not that we don’t care or appreciate your gift it’s the system with which we work. GG wait until the money has cleared before it appears on our system.

Whew, we have been back to work 2weeks and already it feels like 2months, so much has happened! I don’t know about you but it seems like 2022 has opened with a bang, where last year everyone was slow to get going, hesitant to make plans, reluctant to invest too much time and energy due to Lockdowns hanging over our heads, this year is totally different.

Already in January I have had two donor meetings and a planned site visit at the end of the month.

All staff have returned to the deck and are ready to take on the world which is exciting. We have picked up a number of new groups and children over the Christmas period which is exciting. We also have scheduled training of adults to run our program in Feb and July.

We have a number of young leaders who also have been trained in the introduction phase, they are passionate about continuing that training and about furthering that training and forming a training team under KTD196 to extend our reach, capacity, and resources. This will make the organization far more sustainable past myself and Elizabeth (the founders). All of these young adults have grown up in our program and understand its value, oh and they are volunteering and giving their best.

We are currently getting our finances organized for an audit after March so you can rest assured we are doing the work we say we are doing, that all our policies and procedures are being adhered to and our financial accountability is maintained. To that end, I realized I did not give you financial feedback from 2020’s financial year. Although I offered to forward if you would like to see our full financials I didn’t give a breakdown, so I will now.

Sadly it is difficult to share real figures (due to issues of confidentiality and having these reports in a public space) If you would like a complete copy of our Annual Financial Statements please just ask keepthedream196@gmail.com and I will forward happily.

Admin and Management Costs including rent, electricity, audit, book keeper etc. 18%

Project Costs all activities and costs associated with the projects we run             82%

Total                                                                                                                         100%

 

I had prepared a graph but am unable to insert it here, unfortunately. Please see below as an attachment

As you can see in previous years we have increased our Admin and Management costs marginally. 18% which is very good for non-programmatic costs so I hope you are pleased. No one likes to talk about these costs but they are necessary to remain an accountable, effective organization.

Anyway, I thought you would like to be kept in the loop, please let me know if this is not what you want to know or see. Also if you could let me know if you have any questions that you specifically have or any comments you would like to make I would be happy to answer your questions.

I look forward to next week.

Blessings and take care

Louise

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Avuxeni (Greetings) Min Jani? (How are you?) from The Dream Team!!

Welcome to all our new community members, thank you so much for choosing to support the children of Limpopo! To those who have been with us for a while, you are awesome, we seriously could not do this work without your care and compassion for the children we serve and we are thankful to you from the core of our hearts. Together we are saving lives and building futures! To those of you who are new, WELCOME! I hope you will find this report interesting and exciting, please if you have any questions, I love hearing from you!

Keep The Dream196 South Africa is a Vetted, Superstar, Effective & Top Ranked organization by GlobalGiving in 2022!! All due to the impact we have made through your incredible effort and the support you have provided! What that means is that you can rest assured we are achieving the goals we say we are and that we are registered not just in South Africa but also in the USA as a bonafide organization that complies with all legal and fiduciary requirements i.e. yes, we have annual independent audits.

As I shared last week, we are back to work and it was lovely to see all the staff again and see their enthusiasm for the coming year and the opportunities that will we will create for the children. Already, we are mobilizing new adults and new groups for this year. We don't advertise what we do, we don't have to! The kids talk at school and then more children want to join or start new groups. We have already scheduled our first adult training in the children's program for February and we will be opening up a new area outside of Thoyandou with our old partner JVC (Japanese Volunteer Centre).

We have two new partnerships with other organizations which will commence later this month. This is exciting because it will expand our project but the responsibility for daily implementation will remain with our partners. One is based in Hoedspruit and the other in Motupa. I have put a link below on the map for your ease of reference regarding the geography and distances involved.

We will be continuing with our food security project across the board to ensure families do not get caught out again especially since covid continues to linger. It is exciting to see the children advance through our program and gain more skills and abilities which will set them up for a wonderful future. It is also exciting to see more of our young adults return to our program in volunteer leadership roles and as mentors to the youth so that helps our sustainability and long-term impact.

Another project we will continue is the Self Help Groups - these groups will include not just a savings and loan type scheme but also sessions on empowering women to know and exercise their rights, including the prevention of gender-based violence and femicide, the development of small businesses, etc. We also want to introduce our children's project to the ladies to ensure the mainstreaming of our projects altogether. This is an exciting project that we have just been informed will formally continue throughout 2022 with the donor however your support means we can fill the gaps in the funding we have received and ensure the success of the program. Our target this year is to open 25 new groups. That is a huge task given it takes at least a weeks work to meet with the Chiefs, walk the village streets, identify the correct women and households to participate, do a formal assessment of each household (20 participants for each group), hold introductory meetings, etc and then start the program.

We are awaiting confirmation of funding regarding working with the Chiefs and Induna's as well as parents, this project closes the safety net around the children and ensures that the whole community is on the same page to make sure all children are protected.

Another short-term project we are starting this week is a Children's Rights Situational Analysis, it is basically a thesis looking at the situation of children according to local, national, and international laws pertaining to children's rights. What the law says and what the reality is. From this, we will be formalizing a proposal to our current funder for 2023-2028. This thesis will inform the donor what the gaps are and how we as KTD196 prioritize filling some of those gaps.

This is a huge opportunity for us and the children we serve to address issues that hinder children from accessing their rights. For example, children not participating in the running of their schools, and are not given a voice. This means issues pertaining to children are ignored whether malignantly or benevolently such as bullying, safety, functional and safe toilets, poor teacher behavior. If you would like a copy of the report, it will take approximately 4months to compile as it requires a lot of research, interviews, feedback sessions, etc, please ask and I will forward it. keepthedream196@gmail.com

We also are planning our Annual Color Fun Run in January, which due to covid was canceled last year, so the children are ecstatic about that, we are also working on a theme for the advocacy portion of the event.

This is the plan so far for this year, we will also be going camping with the children and taking adults for training as well as providing monitoring and evaluation services to our partners.

All of this is because of your support. It really is phenomenal and I hope you are as excited as I am about some of the activities we are doing this coming year.

Together we are saving lives! “Nkomo sweneni ngopfu” (thank you so very much).

Blessings to you and your family.

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What a privilege it is to have 365 new days of opportunity ahead of us, ok well 360 new days are left. I want to make sure that since I have the honor of seeing this New Year, I have a responsibility to make the most of this privilege.

One of the things the children say to us is that KTD196 brings hope! Hope of a different future, hope of a better future, hope that life will improve, HOPE! You are carriers of HOPE! Yes, it can be overwhelming to think that all you did was give money but I am serious. Through your gift, we are able to bring HOPE where there really is not much available. HOPE is a choice, but it takes time, effort, and energy to shift thinking from that of being a victim or fatalistic mindset to realizing that it is in the small choices we make every day that produce the greatest positive or negative impact.

Because of your support during the Christmas season and the Giving Tuesday fundraising with corporate gift cards and general gift cards we are able to continue with all our programs into the New Year. This is a wonderful start to the year.

When we return to work on the 10th of January, we will be brainstorming our plans and scheduling our activities for the coming quarter which include continuing the Children’s Program, Food4Life program, and the Self Help Groups.

I am so grateful to you for your support. We are able to continue to change lives, families, and communities.

I wish you could personally experience the impact we have, the excitement we see on the children’s faces, the joy on the faces of the ladies as they meet on a weekly basis to save money, learn how to run a small business, and support each other, the happiness they all share as they are working together building food gardens to sustain their families. TO that end I want to invite you, especially since we are no longer on the red list, to come and see for yourself the impact of your donation. Also, you can watch various interviews with the children and adults, particularly women, we have supported over the year. The link to our YouTube station is below.

Thank you for your support, thank you for making such a huge difference. I appreciate you so much.

Louise

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Keep The Dream196

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