In my last report, I emphasized the goal of our charity, Maranatha Care Children, in empowering children and young people to fulfill their potential…
How thrilling it is for us to now report such POSITIVE news on the education progress of our children –
One of our Grade 9 boys achieved a top diploma for passing three of his subjects with over 70%...this was whilst contending with the loss of his father having recently been orphaned by the tragic effects of long-term illness…
He was also chosen to represent the locality at the district Children’s Parliament event!
Imagine what he could achieve if he receives the support YOU can help provide him as he moves forward to his sixth form “Matric” years (Grade 11/12) and on towards University….
Furthermore, our oldest boy (currently in Grade 10) has pushed himself to achieve one of the top English Language marks (over 90%!) and was elected to the Eastern Cape NACCW (National Association of Child Care Workers) Youth Executive…one INCREDIBLE achievement!
It remains true that South African youth cannot find jobs because the education they do receive does not provide them with adequate skills to get jobs…but if we know the problem, NOW is the time to do something about it.
As you know, we continue to look for specialist school fees for the children who need this support…I was THRILLED this month to attend an awards ceremony where three of our boys at one such school received prizes on stage and gleamed with pride! Such a way to mark their transition on to High School in 2013!
We are now desperately seeking to raise funds to send a number of additional children this school (located closest to our centre!) with a vision “...to develop pupil skills and talents to maximum potential in order to reach the highest achievements”… IF we get the financial support we need we can make this a reality but now is the time for positive action!
As I have emphasized before the centre provides a lifeline to over 30 children…the love and support is unquestionable; including dedicated homework assistance for each child and a comprehensive educational, therapeutic and recreational program that truly allow all the children to flourish.
One of the remedial schools which assists with primary schooling (Grade 1 to 3) for four of our children, recently revealed how one of the young boys is now meeting his academic targets, having read over 50 books over the year and surpassing all expectations in the national exams…a boy who at the age of 6 years old came to the centre having been on the streets with no one to take care of him. How different his life could have been…
With all the challenges we continue to face in South Africa, we have to admit that a privileged background provides one with a huge advantage in life, as does family who are involved in their children’s education. Yet, we remain determined that the children we support will get the opportunities they deserve to overcome adversity, and guarantee you that all donations to our project are complimented with a genuine desire to meet the unique needs of each and every child we support!.
The vision of the Department of Basic Education in South Africa is one of all South Africans having "...access to lifelong learning, education and training opportunities, which will, in turn, contribute towards improving the quality of life and building a peaceful, prosperous and democratic South Africa."
Let’s help our children have the access to education they need…and deserve!
Please do your bit to spread the word; email, facebook, twitter and just word of mouth…we BELIEVE in this cause and hope you do too!
Harrison Nash (Charity Director – Maranatha Care Children)
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