Don't stop believing...! One of our oldest boys!
After everyone’s hard work to ensure this project can be a success it is now AMAZING to report that we can see the huge rewards!
Our oldest boys who started at a private school for their final years of schooling, thanks to the financial backing of this project, have showed tremendous improvements.
In the last three terms one of our oldest boys has seen his grade average increase from 35% up to 56% - he achieved over 60% in mathematics, which is fantastic when you consider that only a quarter of learners achieved a 50% pass mark in 2013! He is now strongly considering a career in the police force with a real passion to make a difference in communities!
Another of our oldest boys showed a tremendous increase from 40% up to 59%! This included a distinction mark of 75% in Afrikaans as an additional language. Amazing considering his language of schooling is English and he is also fluent in Xhosa! With a weekly work experience at a graphic design company and enough APS points to go on to study at University level it really shows that doors are opening for his bright future!
The final of our three oldest still has one more year left at school, but that does not mean he is slacking in his work! With a long term ambition of be a pilot he saw marks of 84% in geography which is incredible considering he only started the subject this year! A second distinction was obtained in English where he gained 79%...a further triumph considering he is also fluent in three languages! Now as we also look at him as a possible police candidate where he could look at flying helicopters we have to just hope that in the future we will be able to obtain sponsorship to help make some of these dreams a reality…!
And that’s not the only good news. Some of you will be aware that alongside our youth centre we also support Protea Primary School. This is the nearest school in the locality to the centre and Protea also serves as a place of safety themselves for children removed from abusive home circumstances. They provide free schooling to a number of our learners and as such the Maranatha Care Children charity tries to support the school however we can. We still plan to launch another micro-project for them in the near-future [watch this space!]. In the meantime I had two children attending that school from our youth centre achieve averages of 65% for their grades…even more fantastic when you consider that they were previously kids who they did not think could cope on a mainstream curriculum. Here’s to realizing their TRUE potential when they receive the right support!!!
AND the next amazing news is that we are just £170 (USD $285) away from realizing our target…which will mean a breathtaking £6200 (USD $10,000) will have been raised through our work on Global Giving! This is where we cannot extend enough thanks for our tremendous supporters who have really walked this journey with us!!!
So where does that leave us in regards to our Global Giving presence? Well after a wonderful site visit from Global’s own In-The-Field intern for Southern Africa [Chi Nguyen] we have a renewed excitement to continue with our online fundraising and even try and extend our reach over the next year. Our youth centre continues to support 34 children – all of their educational needs remain pressing for 2015 and there is NO reason why we cannot look to provide them with the security to know they will receive the support they require next year and beyond! And already we have moved out to the rural areas to a small village called Nieu-Bethesda where we hope to set up new projects including a drop-in, foster home and baby shelter for those children in need from the local township area where the resources are incredibly limited. Already I can tell you that any excess funds from this project can also go towards supplying educational resources for this area – in my recent visit there I was incredibly touched by the gratefulness of the children and big hearts of the guardian angels who are trying their best to provide for kids without the support networks they desperately need.
One thing for sure is that there is NO shortage of need in South Africa. But we are truly doing what we can to make a meaningful, valuable, sustainable and measurable difference to those young people that should never have endured what they had to in order to get to the point they are at now…but still continue to fly through the sky in succeeding all our expectations thanks to the generosity of all of you now reading this! Please continue to support us, it means absolutely everything!
Golden smile for receiving TWO distinctions!
Our youth centre - a true haven for our youngsters
My trip to Nieu-Bethesda at the local soup kitchen