Although we likely will not break ground on our new Montessori School in Langa Township for another year, the Teacher Training Foundations program at Cornerstone Montessori is well underway!
The ladies from Langa Township are into their third month Montessori training at Cornerstone Montessori in Somerset West. To date, there has been no drop-outs or unnecessary absenteeism, only confident and enthusiastic students.
Our dedicated trainer, Helen Morgan, who owns Cornerstone, has her masters degree in Montessori education is proud of each and every student. The students are handing in assignments on time and are ready to volunteer and do observations at Montessori schools. The students have started a study group at the Langa Community Advice Forum run by Joy MacNab, who has generously allowed the students to study there.
Love to Langa Swimming Academy is going from strength to strength. The appointed swim school contractor operates daily at Philippi Children’s Centre.
Philippi Children’s Centre pupils swim on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Private pupils from the community swim on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays.
There are currently 60 private pupils and 37 privately sponsored students and the swim school contractor is currently breaking even. The swim coach receives ongoing assessment and training to ensure he is doing the best training possible. Generous donors through the current swim contractor donated swim suits for the children.
The current swim contractor’s contract is coming to an end in 2019. The Philippi Children’s Centre management committee will be interviewing several swim contractors, including the current contractor.
As this is a Love to Langa project, the board members are consistently monitoring and evaluating the project going forward.
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!
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,
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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