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

As we are on the cusp of a 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 can not 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. Your kindness to our kids is phenomenal. I just want you to know how grateful I am for your support and ongoing commitment.

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.

And YOU have done just that!

Thank you!

Thank you for your support and care, thank you for helping us help so many children with the promise of more to come.

Thank you for having our backs.

Thank you for giving, without you during these last two years we would not have achieved many milestones with the children.

Next year will be exciting, we have new goals and dreams to lend ourselves to, and as our supporters, you are a part of all these plans.

Until 2022, God bless you and your families.

Stay well

Louise and the amazing Dream Team

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As we approach Christmas I just want to say thank you so much for your support, whether you are new to us this year or have been traveling on this journey with us for a while now, I want you to know you are special to me, to us!

You have enabled us to survive as an organization through very difficult seasons, which means we have continued to be able to support the children, their families, and their communities through your support.

Earlier this year, as a result of covid limitations, I reported that we lost a number of children to the program through problems particularly with not being able to access the schools we were working in. I am very proud to say in this last quarter we have not only reclaimed those children but have increased our numbers substantially. I am also very happy to report that we finally have an open door into the schools in one particular district and will no longer be held back by politics or indifference, combined with the fact that other districts are watching closely our impact with the possibility of rolling our program out provincially.

This is due to your support, you are intrical. Because of this our reach to more children, families, and communities will be exponentially increased. What an amazing Christmas gift to be able to share with you.

Thank you, you are so special to me.

Over the course of this year, some of you have dropped me emails to encourage me, ask questions, and give feedback, I LOVE IT! Thank you. When I say we are a community I really mean it. You are the reason for our success. Our success is in the impact we are having on the children. The positive behavior changes we are seeing, the changes we are seeing within the families and ultimately the communities.

I pray during this season that you and your families will be kept safe and healthy, that you will be refreshed and strengthened for the year ahead and all that it holds.

Thank you so much once again for being on this journey with us

God Bless you

Louise and the Dream Team

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The Cub Fun Day!!
The Cub Fun Day!!

What a wet soggy camp we had!!!

In the course of 7days, we ran an introduction to Adult Leadership course for 3days, we ran stage 2 Warrant training for 5days (yes we deliberately overlapped the courses), we had 62 scouts aged between 11—18yrs for the whole 7days doing skills camping AND we had 84 cubs aged between 5-10.5yrs of age for a one day Cub FUN DAY!.

NOW, we are totally finished. The kids and adults alike loved it, none wanted to go home, even though it was raining for 5 out of 7days (thank God the last 2days were dry so we could pack the tents away). We are out of practice, we usually camp for at least 6 times throughout the year plus 3weeks during the June-July school holidays and 2weeks during the September school holidays but sadly, because of covid, we have been unable to go camping properly for two years.

The kids have loved the extra skills development, they have earned all sorts of badges and given them extra focus to go back to their groups and share their new knowledge over the holidays.

I thought you might like some pictures of the kids but also I uploaded to our YouTube account two videos. The first is of the children learning what to do in case they catch fire (many parents cook on open fires)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWLJOOkRqDM. 

the second is a celebration of completing stage 2 Adult training for our young leaders and Rovers and how we celebrate. I hope you enjoy being part of the celebration.

Your legacy lives on, some of these young kids that you see are actually 5th generation of our program. Many of the young adults that are graduating as leaders started as kids in our program 15+years ago, they are the 3rd generation. It is a legacy we are building because of you. They are passionate about giving back to their communities and through your support they are not only realising their dreams but also the purpose of KTD196. The young adults are all, except one in university in their final years, some are teachers, two accountants, and one psychologist, others are doing various other degrees. Again because of your support, they have focus to realise their dreams despite the opposition of covid, poverty and other issues.

Thank you for being such a huge part of what we do and achieve. Thank you for seeing the impact and wanting to be part of the children’s life story, part of their victory over their circumstances. Thank you for trusting us to continue to produce the impact that drew you into KTD196 in the first place.

You are essential to our success, thank you again

Blessings

Louise

Fun day participants
Fun day participants
Fire prevention activities
Fire prevention activities
Prospective Fireman in the making perhaps?
Prospective Fireman in the making perhaps?

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The joy says it all!
The joy says it all!

Welcome to the KTD196 Community of Supporters and particularly warm welcome to our new supporters! Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of our children.

I am so excited! For the first time in eons, ok well at least 2years we are able to take children camping and run adult training at the same time. Now that we are on lockdown level 2 it means we are able to get back to the business of FUN!

We have taken the children out of there environments, out of the pressure of crime, poverty, covid, unreasonable responsibility and giving the kids a chance to be kids again. Not just that but they are learning new skills while having fun which is all important.

New skills such as:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Team Work
  • First Aid
  • Map Reading
  • Geography
  • Cooking
  • Conflict Negotiation
  • English
  • Communication Skills

To name just a few.

Tomorrow we will have over 100 children under the age of 11yrs coming to camp for a one-day FUN DAY! I will forward pictures next week.

On top of all this fun, in the last 3days we have trained 19 Adults, including 5 teachers, in running our program. They came from as far as Phalobowra and Acornhoek. This is the initial training required to get up and running.

Now, in the next few days, we are training 12 adults in level 2 of our program which enables them to continue with the development of their own groups and allows the kids to advance further in the program. All of which is exciting. The volunteers, which come from other NGO’s that we work with ensures we are more sustainable because the program is expanding and the host organization is responsible for the program to be implemented and the volunteer support which is required. KTD196 is invited to visit and provide monitoring, training and support of the volunteers.

We also have some of our Rovers (young adults that have grown up in our program) who are participating in this Level 2 training. It is exciting to see our young adults giving back to the program and the children, all of which makes this program more sustainable long term.

Through your support, you are making this happen! Not just the camps and the FUN DAY but the training we are facilitating. This means we are having a larger impact over a larger geographical area, we are reaching more children and changing more lives in such a way that they are becoming more responsible, integral young people who work for the common good. What a powerful impact that is at a time when selfishness, crime and corruption are on an exponential rise.

I cant thank you enough for your support! You can hear I am passionate about what I do, we all are. I hope you too are excited about the impact your precious resources are having on the lives of the children we serve.

Together we are literally saving lives.

Thank you so much

Blessings

Louise

Happiness about being outside and enjoying life!
Happiness about being outside and enjoying life!
Traditional game time!
Traditional game time!

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WOW what an exciting 30th December it was!

I just wanted to give you feedback and to let you know that we managed to meet 41% of our target in just one day! Thank you to all who participated. For those of you who forgot or who were not able to give on the day, don't worry we still have 49% to go before the end of the year to raise our budget.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANKYOU to you all.

Welcome to all the new supporters we picked up since my last report. You are so welcome to KTD196.

Please if you have any questions do not hesitate to be in touch at keepthedream196@gmail.com and I will do my best to respond. Thank you also to those who left personal messages, it is so encouraging for myself and for the team. We so appreciate you taking the time to drop us a line.

For all the old hands, those who have walked this long journey with us and continue to support the work we do, you are all amazing and I hope one day to meet you. I'm serious, I care about you and your world and would love the opportunity to share my world with you! Once Covid restrictions are lifted, if you ever find the opportunity to come and visit the program you would be very welcome.

Once you see firsthand the impact we have, you will feel even better about the support you have given.

Now that schools have finished we are ecstatic about finally being able to take kids camping, so next week, off we go with 100kids for the week. Not just that but we are taking 40new adults to train them in working within our program with the children as volunteers. We are so excited because we have been able to do adult training in 2years. Just please pray that the campsite stays dry as this is our rainy season, we just don't want to delay any longer and the kids are like bees buzzing with excitement.

The following week we will be finalizing all our work for the year and then we will be sending the kids off with activities to do during the holiday break so that they stay engaged, active, and focussed with new exciting activities. Finally, we will be having a break, these last two years have been tough, last year the management team did not have a formal holiday, we were delivering food parcels, providing services to the families in need, etc but we are sooooo in need of a rest.

Thank you once again for your support of our children and families of Limpopo you are amazing!

Be blessed

Louise

PS if anyone would like a copy of our Annual Report I am happy to forward it. keepthedream196@gmail.com

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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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