Lifeskills for 2,743 Children in South Africa

by Keep The Dream196
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Charles M
Charles M


Dear friends and partners of Keep The Dream196

Thank you for your support both past and present. It is very humbling for us to receive your support, some on a monthly basis and others whenever they can. Both are very much appreciated.

We continue to grow and develop. It is so inspiring to see our kids take hold of their dreams and bring them into reality. Once they have a dream it inspires them to work towards that dream. They face huge obstacles having come from rural, previously disadvantaged areas that have minimal infrastructure geared towards learning. Recently with the Fees must Fall campaign disrupting a number of universities it makes holding on to the dream even more challenging.

However, we already have some kids that are already walking in their dreams of being physiotherapists, social workers, nurses, engineers, teachers etc. Its so exciting because with each new child we get to nurture new possibility. You are a part of that success. You have provided them with the fabric (hope) to be able to dream through supporting Keep The Dream196. We have a very high pass mark at matriculation, that of 90%. We also have a very high graduation rate of 70% where the universities claim on 10% of students who enrol ever graduate.

This is thrilling to watch as these young people inspire the next group of believers coming through to work hard and persevere. Some of our donors are even giving specifically to children for bursaries which is also very exciting as this is the clincher for some to continue with their studies.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your past support, as the new giving season is nearly upon us, I just want to remind you of the work we do and the impact we are making.

Thank you once again and I pray that your holiday season is filled with fun, laughter and joy.

Blessings to you and your family

Louise and the Keep The Dream Team

 

Voice of the Child:

My name is Charles M and I am 16 years old and have been a scout and part of Keep The Dream196 for 5 years. Scouts has really changed my life as  I come from a poor background many of the boys my age in the community are not great role models, so KTD196 and my family have helped me to see there is another way to live.

I live with my mother, father, older sister and my two brothers. I was born in Johannesburg but the family then moved to Shiluvane just before my little brothers were born. I really liked living in Shiluvane as I met most of my friends in that village. I attended Shiluvane primary school for 7 years and then began attending scouts in grade 8 of my high school, Khataza.

My family have now moved to Burgersdorp and I am now in grade 10 of high school. This was difficult for me as I had to leave my friends behind and because my new village is about 8km walk away but I’m thankful that I can still see them in school and at scouts. There are around five people in my class that also attend scouts with me. Some of the people in our classes make fun of us for being in scouts and for choosing to live by the scout rules. Calling us fools for not playing around, having girlfriends and smoking with them on weekends. As scouts we have made the decision to lead a different life, living by the scout laws.

I personally think that it is a good thing that as a scout we are not allowed to smoke or do drugs because I know how harmful it is for our bodies. It is difficult though when others are drinking etc. because of the peer pressure. So many people in my school and community are doing these things, even taking drugs from the age of 12, it seems like these things are normal and good fun. I know that they affect people differently and can cause you to do wrong  things or even commit crimes so I know its not something I want to do.

Scouts has given me a good direction that doing these sorts of things isn’t right and that I can now be more focused on my future and my life after school. Scouts has also given me many different types of skills for example learning first aid. Meaning that even if I don’t do that well in school I will still have skills that can help me if I wanted to become a paramedic. Scouts helped me to think more about my career, it would be my dream to come a pilot.

I really love attending the scout camps and I always have so much fun. At home I have many responsibilities and jobs to carry out, as I am a scout I respect my parents because they have supported me and encouraged me to join scouts. I want my younger brothers to also join scouts because I think it will also help them to learn these unique skills and have fun. At the moment in scouts we are attending a ‘Boys2Men’ program teaching us what it truly means to be a man, building on the principles of respect that scouts have taught. I already know that a man must respect not only other men but also women. Some boys from my community go through ’Engomni’ a tradition in our culture where boys are taken to mountain school for a month and taught about what it means to be a man. When they come back they are very different people, they are not true men.


In KTD196 I am now a leader and a role model to the younger children. It makes me feel proud of who I am today.

Keep The Dream196
Keep The Dream196
Keep The Dream196
Keep The Dream196

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Charles
Charles

Dear Friends of Keep The Dream196,

I think its time that I let the children speak about their hopes and dreams and the impact that KTD196 has had. Its all to easy to get caught up with the big picture and forget the smaller picture, the impact we have in individual lives.

Voice of the Child:

My name is Charles and I am 16 years old and have been a scout and part of Keep The Dream196 for 5 years. Scouts has really changed my life as I come from a poor background many of the boys my age in the community are not great role models, so KTD196 and my family have helped me to see there is another way to live.

I live with my mother, father, older sister and my two brothers. I was born in Johannesburg but the family then moved to Shiluvane just before my little brothers were born. I really liked living in Shiluvane as I met most of my friends in that village. I attended Shiluvane primary school for 7 years and then began attending scouts in grade 8 of my high school, Khataza.

My family have now moved to Burgersdorp and I am now in grade 10 of high school. This was difficult for me as I had to leave my friends behind and because my new village is about 8km walk away but I’m thankful that I can still see them in school and at scouts. There are around five people in my class that also attend scouts with me. Some of the people in our classes make fun of us for being in scouts and for choosing to live by the scout rules. Calling us fools for not playing around, having girlfriends and smoking with them on weekends. As scouts we have made the decision to lead a different life, living by the scout laws.

I personally think that it is a good thing that as a scout we are not allowed to smoke or do drugs because I know how harmful it is for our bodies. It is difficult though when others are drinking etc. because of the peer pressure. So many people in my school and community are doing these things, even taking drugs from the age of 12, it seems like these things are normal and good fun. I know that they affect people differently and can cause you to do wrong  things or even commit crimes so I know its not something I want to do.

Scouts has given me a good direction that doing these sorts of things isn’t right and that I can now be more focused on my future and my life after school. Scouts has also given me many different types of skills for example learning first aid. Meaning that even if I don’t do that well in school I will still have skills that can help me if I wanted to become a paramedic. Scouts helped me to think more about my career, it would be my dream to come a pilot.

I really love attending the scout camps and I always have so much fun. At home I have many responsibilities and jobs to carry out, as I am a scout I respect my parents because they have supported me and encouraged me to join scouts. I want my younger brothers to also join scouts because I think it will also help them to learn these unique skills and have fun. At the moment in scouts we are attending a ‘Boys2Men’ program teaching us what it truly means to be a man, building on the principles of respect that scouts have taught. I already know that a man must respect not only other men but also women. Some boys from my community go through ’Engomni’ a tradition in our culture where boys are taken to mountain school for a month and taught about what it means to be a man. When they come back they are very different people, they are not true men.


In KTD196 I am now a leader and a role model to the younger children. It makes me feel proud of who I am today.

 

It is such a privilege to be a part of a young person’s life and assist them in finding their dream. I am humbled and truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this young man’s future. As donors you have made this possible. For 13years now we have been having similar impact. Not all children remain in scouts, they succumb to the peer pressure mentioned here however, all of them know there is another way and some come back to us recognising that the detour they took was not profitable and reinvest with KTD196.

Thank you everyone for your support, encouragement and belief in the children we serve.

God Bless Louise

First Aid Training
First Aid Training

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Skilpad a very poor community with poor soil
Skilpad a very poor community with poor soil

Dear Friends and Supporters of Keep The Dream196,

I want to share our recent events. Because of our success with Food for Life with the Scouts over the last 5years, in 2014 we were approached by National Development Agency to train 100 households in Permaculture in our district. We were so successful that prior to the completion of that project we were asked to roll the project out to Limpopo (our province/state). So for the last 5months we have been taking permaculture out to the province with over 120 participants and with 7 different projects and 2 schools.

What has also happened is that in this process we have identified one project to introduce the Children's project to and to roll that out to the area. It is so exciting to see people's enthusiasm for the garden project and for children. We have already established potential markets for these projects which means people are creating their own employment and their own salaries. The households are having nutrition rich produce and earning and income. The children are receiving quality, pesticide free, vitamin packed food which will aid in their development and performance at school. Its so exciting.

We also now have funding to run our Food For Life project again with some of our kids where they will earn badges and life skills for the future. The exciting part is also that through our efforts of encouraging change within Scouting in South Africa Food For Life is part of the national development program for cubs and scouts.

So I just wanted to share what is happening in our neck of the woods and to show you some photos of our activities over the past 5 months.

Thank you for all of your support and enabling this to happen. You are so appreciated and just to remind you Wednesday June 15th is a Global Giving Bonus day which means every donation receives 50% extra from GG. So please if you are thinking of continuing to support our work this day would be advantageous to maximise your donation. Otherwise please consider even a small monthly donation, this allows us to plan effectively and maximise your donation when we can rely on a regular donation.

Thank you once again, God Bless you all

Louise

Skilpad youth participating in the F4Life project
Skilpad youth participating in the F4Life project
Seed beds almost ready for transplanting
Seed beds almost ready for transplanting
Constance from KTD196 inspecting the seedlings
Constance from KTD196 inspecting the seedlings

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Keep The Dream196
Keep The Dream196

Dear Friends and supporters of KTD196.

Usually I send out uplifting photo's and storys by the youth and tell of their situations and how they have overcome. This time around its a bit different. The story is unfortunately a harsh reality that many of our kids face.

I will call her Jennifer. Jennifer is 17yrs and in grade 10 this year, she is happy for me to share her story because she wants people to understand about life here in South Africa for children. Last year in March Jennifer was raped by her next door neighbour. She reported it to her mother who was to scared to report it further because of fear of reprisal. With the exposure to children’s rights Jennifer received through KTD196, Jennifer reported the case to the police. Her mother didn’t want KTD196 told. The police arrested the perpetrator. He has since been released on bail and is living next door.

Jennifer became pregnant through the rape and courageously decided not to have an abortion but to put the baby up for adoption. Jennifer had to contend with teachers and students ridiculing her and being nasty to her for being a pregnant teenager. This was further compounded by clinic nurses who treated her very badly by judging her. Her mother still did not want anyone told about the circumstances. Jennifer agreed to this out of respect for her mother.

Jennifer was asked to leave school because she was obviously pregnant. Jennifer went alone to the magistrates court and requested a letter stating that she was raped and there for was allowed to remain is school even though being pregnant.

Jennifer gave birth to her baby on Christmas day 2015 and fell madly in love with the child and has decided to keep the baby. KTD196, since finding out about the pregnancy once it was obvious Jennifer was pregnant, has provided support and aid to both mother and child. We have also advocated for her with the school, clinic and Scout group who were unaware of the circumstances of the pregnancy. (It was also a good opportunity to speak about the danger of making judgments but also to support teenagers who are pregnant and not just dismiss them).

Jennifer is now in Grade 11. She starts school at 0630 till 1900. She is not allowed to breast feed her child on school grounds. Her mother walks the 4kms to school 3 times a day with the baby so Jennifer can feed the child to give her daughter the right nutritional start to life.

Jennifer says it’s because of Scouts and KTD196 that she is able to stand up for herself and overcome horrific circumstances. Since the community has found out about the circumstances of the pregnancy Jennifer has been recognised as a strong young person who has overcome. Jennifer hopes one day to become a social worker.

Because of your support we have been able to build the resilience needed to overcome such terrible circumstances for Jennifer and her beautiful baby. Not just over come but Jennifer wants to contribute back to support other girls in particular through becoming a social worker. Most of the reports I have written have been the lighter side of life, however this is the impact that our work has with teenagers regarding real life.

This is just one story of many to encourage you about the value we are achieving with your donation.

Thank you to you our donors. I understand this is not a pretty neat, nicely wrapped story, many of our stories aren't but it is the truth. If you have not donated to us for a while please consider a small monthly donation, every little amount helps. If you want to donate a large amount we will accept that as well! We need your help to continue making an impact in the world in which these children survive.

Thank you in anticipation.

Louise

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Dear Friends and partners of Keep The Dream196,

Thank you so much for your continued support in 2015. This year for us has been exciting, frustrating, encouraging and devastating for many reasons.

Exciting - because we are still here when so many wonderful organizations are dying due to the global financial crisis the often hostile fiscal climate that exists out there. Exciting because our kids continue to grow and acheive and develop into excellent young adults who are passionate about life.

Frustrating - Asset Based Community Development is very frustrating because we work with people whose agendas and values are not the same and are often in direct conflict with what we are trying to acheive.

Encouraging - Our kids are amazing and keep us encouraged and focussed to continue

Devastating - We have buried 2 kids and 2 adult volunteers this year, plus one of our girls was raped and is now pregnant by perpetrator who is out of bail in the same village as his victim. We have implemented grief and trauma counselling for all those affected but the toll is heavy on us all.

With all the bad news we are experiencing from around the world from both man made and natural disasters including the terrorist attacks in Khenya, Burundi and France to the earthquakes of Nepal and the mudslides in Brazil what is so encouraging is people like you who see a need and give to help and support others. It is so easy to become overwhelmed when you are just one person but your gift means so much to others, often strangers who will never know your name or your circumstances but they will know your caring through your gift.

Whenever I write to donors who have given to KTD196 I always write a personal note and to those who receive those notes monthly I hope I am not clogging your email provider. I am always amazed at the generosity of heart of people. Christmas is a cash sucking, finance reducing and debt inducing time of the year and yet people still give. RELAX I am not asking for money. I am just wanting to appreciate your support and your efforts and thank you once again for making a difference to us. It does wonderful things to me personally knowing that people I dont know are willing to give and support this program and those of you who I have the priviledge to know I am very grateful.

So now, I want to say MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. God bless you and keep you safe. May your Christmas season be full to overflowing with joy, love, happiness and blessings.

Love from Louise and the KTD196 Dream Team.

 

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Keep The Dream196

Location: Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​www.keepthedream196.com
Project Leader:
Louise Batty
Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo South Africa
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