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School and water safety for South African kids

by Love to Langa
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School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
School and water safety for South African kids
Nada in front of the land for our new Montessori
Nada in front of the land for our new Montessori

We have many wonderful volunteers visit our programs throughout the year but from time to time, there are extra-special ones. Nada from Canada was one of those visitors. She brought a suitcase-full of brand-new toys and lots of energy to share. 

Nada visited the schools where we sponsor scholarships, our swimming academy and the site for our Montessori School in Langa Township. The below Youtube link is a short video of Nada talking about her experience.

We are so grateful for her participation and desire to stay involved with Love to Langa going forward.

We are very busy making a campaign video and preparing materials for the Montessori School and are excited to share them soon!

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Many thanks to The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania for hosting a benefit swim meet for us! Thanks to their efforts, we are able to offer scholarships for 350 additional lessons to the children at our Love to Langa Swimming Academy at Philippi Children's Center in Cape Town, South Africa!

The event, held on Thursday, December 6, featured 42 different races and a super fun rubber ducky toss, where participants attempted to throw a rubber ducky from a balcony into a small bin in the center of the pool.

We are so grateful for the support this meet is providing, especially since far too few children at the school are able to afford the lessons. Please view the attached short link for a personal thank you from Coach Craig at the Love to Langa Swimming Academy.

With our best wishes for the holidays and a happy and healthy 2019,

The Love to Langa Board of Directors

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Jonique's visit
Jonique's visit

 

This past summer, I decided to take a trip of a lifetime to South Africa. This trip wasn't my typical resort or swamped tourist destination; I wanted this trip to be a learning experience, meaningful and of course, fun.  I wanted to seek opportunities that would allow me to use my educational skills and my love for children in much-needed areas of South Africa. 
 After months of searching and reaching out to organizations, I found Love to Langa on a travel blog and immediately reached out to the co-founder, Amy.  She welcomed me to visit some of the projects the organization currently supports. One of the projects is with the Mfuleni Early Childhood Centre. Once in Cape Town, board member Kissmea drove me there and I met the principal, Sandra, who introduced me to the staff and teachers at the school. I was given an opportunity to pick a class to work with. Since I'm a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in Atlanta, GA, I decided to volunteer my time with the 4-6-year-old classroom and teacher Caroline.  From the moment I walked into her classroom, she and the children made me feel welcome. Caroline is a very sweet, friendly, knowledgeable and inspirational person. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys every moment with her students.  Working with Caroline was wonderful. To be working beside another early childhood educator who is passionate and willing to collaborate in sharing their ideas and knowledge was very special. During this time, we learned from each other. Her students taught me games and songs. I enjoyed sharing games and songs I use at home with them as well. Oh, I had an amazing time with Caroline and her students! 

I am so glad to have discovered Love to Langa. Love to Langa is a great organization that is passionate in helping the townships of Cape Town. From the teaching children how to swim to providing early childhood education as well as hosting teacher training workshops. Love to Langa has shown the people of South Africa that they are there to support them. We need more organizations like Amy's that not just help the children but the community.  We need more organizations that focus on the community as a whole.  Old African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child."  Well, it takes amazing organization and it's supporters to uplift a community. I believe that's what Love to Langa is doing for the communities of Cape Town. 

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Swim lesson
Swim lesson
The Love to Langa Swimming Academy has been in operation since 2016.
As of today, Love to Langa is sponsoring the swimming lessons for 25 pupils at Philippi Children's Centre.
The pupils receive weekly lessons from Coach Craig who is a qualified Learn to Swim instructor.  Many donors ask what the children are taught at the swim school.
Firstly, being water safe is crucial.  The children are taught to jump in the deep side of the pool, turn and kick to the closest wall and then climb out.  Children are taught to crawl the along the walls as a safety precaution.
Secondly, the different levels come into play:
 Level 1
-  blow bubbles
-  face in the water
-  monkey crawl
-  jump in the pool
-  starfish float on back
-  starfish float on tummy
-  pick up fish
-  Level 2
-  speedboats width of pool
-  froggie arms width of pool
-  dive with hands entering water first
-  dolphin wiggle
-  strokes
Level 3
-  breathing technique for freestyle
-  dolphin wiggle with arm/s
-  backstroke dive 
-  treading water
-  froggie kick and board
-  speedboat lengths
Level 4
-  swim a length of freestyle with a tumble turn
-  swim a length of butterfly
-  swim a length of backstroke
-  swim a length of breaststroke 
-  competition dive
-  sandshark swim

Thanks so much for making this essential life skill available to these amazing children. We appreciate your support!

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Zara and Coach Craig
Zara and Coach Craig

Thank you to the ever-patient Coach Craig for an update on our scholarship swim students. Here is his report.

"All these pupils have a long way to go because they are still very afraid of putting their faces in the water and therefore of blowing bubbles. This is a very important first step in learning to swim. Once they overcome their fear of the water they will really progress well. The noodles are an excellent aid to help them build their confidence in the water. Most of these pupils are happy to jump into the water as long as they have a noodle tied around their bodies. We continue to do fun activities in the water and are working on building their confidence all the time!

Nadine is a very confident girl in the water. She can float on her own on her back. She knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks are very good, but she needs to be assisted by a noodle.

Indiphlie is enjoying the water, and does freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks well with the assistance of a noodle. She knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly and she floats on her back happily and confidently.

Sispho is still a bit scared to put her face in the water. She knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. She is still assisted by a noodle and her kicking technique still needs practice, but she is trying hard. She floats confidently on her back.

Jihhaad knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. He is still a bit scared to be in the water but we are working on this. He can do freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicks while assisted by a noodle. He floats confidently on his own.

Jaden knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. He needs to work on practicing his kicking as it is weak. He is still scared to float on his back and to put his face in the water.  He is assisted by a noodle at his lessons and we are working to build up his confidence.

Phoebe knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly.  She floats confidently on her back unaided. Her kicking is weak and needs much practice. She is still very fearful and scared to put her face in the water.

Remizane knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. He floats confidently on his back without aid. His freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking is good with the assistance of a noodle and he is still a bit scared to wet his face.

Morne knows how to exit the pool, but we are working on his safe entry. He is still very scared. We are practicing his freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke kicking with the help of a noodle. He Floats confidently on his back, with the aid of the teacher.

Lunje knows how to enter and exit the pool safely, and is very confident in the water. Her kicking is still assisted by a noodle and she is still scared to wet her face. She floats confidently on her back.

Zion knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. His kicking is good but needs the aid of a noodle. He floats confidently on his back but is still a bit scared to wet his face.

Zimbonge knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle and she is still very scared to put her face in the water. She floats well with the help of the teacher.

Zara knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is still scared to put her face in the water and she floats on her back confidently.

Benjamin knows how to enter and exit the pool safely. He needs a lot of help with his kicking and is still very scared of the water. He floats on his back confidently but with the help of the teacher.

Hope knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is very scared to wet her face in the water and floats on her back confidently with a noodle.

Lutho is very confident in the water, and he knows how to enter and exit the pool. He can float on his own unaided for 5 seconds. His kicking for all three strokes is good. He loves being in the water and he listens to and follows instructions. 

Deyana knows how to enter and exit the pool confidently. Her kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is still scared to wet her face in the water and she floats on her back confidently with a noodle.

Aiden knows how to enter and exit the pool safely. He is not scared and loves to be in the water. His kicking is good but needs to be assisted by a noodle. He floats on his back confidently with a noodle.

Roche knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. Her kicking in all three strokes is good but she still needs to be assisted by a noodle. She is still scared to put her face in the water but floats on her back confidently with the help of a noodle.

Amila knows how to enter and exit the pool correctly. His kicking is good for all three strokes with the help of a noodle. He is able to float happily on his back for 5 seconds without a noodle but he is scared to wet his face in the water. He is very eager during lessons."

Thank you for your support in making this essential life skill available to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity!

 

Zimbongi floating with teacher nearby
Zimbongi floating with teacher nearby
Zara and Ashton waiting for their turn
Zara and Ashton waiting for their turn
Ashton and Coach Craig
Ashton and Coach Craig
Nadine and Coach Craig
Nadine and Coach Craig
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Location: Gladwyne, PA - USA
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Amy Ostroff
Gladwyne, PA United States

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