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
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Pool drawing

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you to this project, we were able to fund a new classroom Philippi Children's Centre (PCC) a couple years ago and we continue to fund scholarships for children to attend school. We wanted to provide you with the latest update for the Love to Langa Swimming Academy, which will not only benefit children at PCC, but the larger community as well. 

BPAS, an architectural company was hired to design the pool plans.  After each draft, the PCC management committee and Love to Langa had to approve.  When the drawings were completed in September 2015, the PCC committee gave its final approval and requested parking spaces be reduced in order to make the footprint smaller.

In October 2016, the plans were submitted to the planning offices in Athlone, Cape Town.  

The procedure was as follows:

Submission of plans and all documentation:

  • Plans
  • Property Deed
  • Rates and Water Account
  • Architect application
  • SANS Documentation
  • Power of Attorney

This followed a visit from planning to PCC in December to ensure that the architect took the correct measurements and all the structures on the plans were on site.  This was completed and the application was moved to Land Use Management (LUM.)

LUM requested the following:

  • Plans
  • Rates and Water Account (not older than 3 months)
  • Property Deed
  • Conveyancing Certificate (not older than 3 months)
  • Swimming Pool Motivation Report
  • Power of Attorney

After submission of the LUM documentation, a fee was paid.  This fee was for the request to decrease parking and for Advertising.  "Advertising" means visiting the neighbors to ensure there are not any objections to the build.  We are currently at this stage.  This is the longest stage.  Due to December and January being holidays, there is South African legislation that no advertising would take place from 12 December to 12 January.  We were informed that Advertising for the pool started on January 15, 2016.Once the LUM application has been passed, a scrutiny fee will be paid.  The application will then move to BDM (Building Development Management).  An engineer’s letter will be requested.  Once that has been approved, planning approval will be given to start the build.

We anticipate that if all goes according to plan and taking into consideration planning’s rules and regulations, we should be starting the build in the beginning of March 2016. Whew! It's been a long and complicated process, but we are so thrilled that the Love to Langa Swimming Academy is in our sights! 

Thanks again for your incredible support and we look forward to showing you photos of the building process shortly! 

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Melody
Melody

Dear Donors:

Many thanks for all of your support over the past year! We are so excited that things are really coming together with our Swimming Academy project at Philippi Children’s Centre.

Our project manager in South Africa, Kissmea Adams, is hard at work getting all of the plans together with the vendors and contractors. She has done an amazing job in getting materials free or at reduced costs and is confident that we will be within our budget. 

We are now looking to pour concrete in January and once that happens, things will move very quickly and we are on track for our March opening. They are going to start clearing the site this month, using local labor to dig the pool. We will be posting photos of our progress on our Facebook page and that is the best place to keep abreast of the latest.

In the meantime, please enjoy this short video of Marian's swimming lesson. She is one of the children we are currently sponsoring for swim lessons and we are thrilled to be able to soon offer many more children this opportunity!

We are happy to report that our regular scholarship students at Philippi Children's Centre are all doing wonderfully, thanks to you, our generous donors! Here is an update on their progress from their teachers.

Teacher Denise says, "Tyron, age 4, is a very happy child and is interacting well with his peers in class. He knows his colors and shapes. Tyron likes to work with the knobbed cylinders and broad stair. He is able to build a 30-piece puzzle on his own. He likes drawing and painting. He is able to communicate well with the teachers in his class. His attendance is good. He likes outside time, he likes playing on the jungle gym and playing with a ball with his friends." You may recall that Tyron is a child that we were concerned about as he showed signs of fetal alcohol syndrome when we first met him a few years ago, so we are thrilled with his progress!

Three year old Nadine’s teacher Patronella says her attendance is very good. "Nadine is a very quiet child in class but can communicate well with her friends. Nadine enjoys working in the practical life area with wet pouring. She can count up to 10 without any assistance. Nadine was introduced to metal insets and she loves working with them. She loves outside time where she plays with her friends in the sand pit." 

Juanicka, age 3, is also in Teacher Patronella's class. "She is very happy to be at school and loves to communicate with the teachers and her friends. She can count to 10 without assistance from the teachers. She loves to work in the practical life area with the spooning. Juanicka was introduced to the sandpaper numbers in the Maths area and she loves working and tracing on them. She loves outside time and playing on the jungle gym. Her health is good and she is a pleasure to have in class."

Teacher Leah says of Melody, age 2, "she is very quiet in class. She is progressing in class but still needs lots of assistance.  Her potty training is going well and she has started saying when she needs to go to the toilet. She likes to play with dolls and likes sing-a-long time. We are happy with her overall progress."

Jamie-Lee, age 5, is graduating in December and will be moving on to primary school. His teacher, Elizabeth, says "he has a pleasant disposition. He speaks with confidence to the group and responds well. He works well in groups, planning and carrying out activities. He enjoys doing neat careful work. He can work with numbers up to 20 with understanding. He knows primary colors as well as the basic shapes." We will miss Jamie-Lee and wish him well in his future education. Starting in January, we will have a new scholarship student, Rafael.

Best wishes for the holidays!

 

 

Rafael
Rafael
Nadine
Nadine
Junicka
Junicka
Tyron
Tyron
Jamie-Lee
Jamie-Lee

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Ilan
Ilan

Our next big project is the Love to Langa Swimming Academy at Philippi Children's Centre. Things are moving along and we are looking to break ground in October. We still have quite a bit of fundraising to do and will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in the near future to help us meet our goal.

Love to Langa board member, Kissmea Adams, is acting as the project manager and shares, "Visiting Philippi Children's Centre this week was amazing. There is a buzz of excitement at the school surrounding the indoor pool. Teachers are excited as well as parents. It has been agreed by Philippi Children's Centre and Headstart Swim School that the pool size would be 10 by 5m to ensure it can accommodate teaching adults as well. The size will also allow more than one coach to teach at the same time. Two coaches have been assigned to teach beginning in March 2016."

We also wanted to share an update on Ilan, one of the children Love to Langa donors are sponsoring for swimming lessons. His teacher, Michelle, says, " Thanks to you guys he is an absolute joy to teach! Born to swim! Fish in water. It's unbelievable, such an easy child, water safe, jumps, swims, loves his face in the water, lots of bubbles, no fear! Great body position. Blessed to have him!"

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Lithembe
Lithembe

Dear donors:

Things are moving along nicely for our new pool at Philippi Children's Centre and we are still on track for it to open in November, 2015. We made a short video about why we are building the Love to Langa Swimming Academy and it can be viewed on Youtube: Video

In the meantime, we continue to sponsor swimming lessons for four children at another location and we wanted to let you know how two of them are doing.

Teacher Anne, who is working with Lithembe says, "Lithembe is progressing slowly, but surely. He is now kicking steadily with arm movements and managing to blow bubbles with his eyes in the water - so is putting the whole stroke together. He does this independently over a smaller pool noodle.

He can now float on his back to the count of three. We are working on him being able to float on his back for a short period. He happily jumps in from the side and turns to catch the wall. He is all smiles during his lessons! " 

Teacher Wendy says of Marian, "she is doing well and has progressed with so much improved water confidence and she likes her lessons so much. She's able to swim short lengths without any aid - from the steps to me using arms and kicking. Marian also can happily dive while sitting on the edge of the pool."

We are excited for the months ahead and look forward to keeping you up to date on our progress.

Enjoy the summer!

warm regards,

Amy

Marian
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Lithemba
Lithemba
We have some big news to share with you - the Love to Langa Swimming Academy at Philippi Children's Centre will be opening this fall!
Drowning is one of the highest causes of accidental death of children under age 14 in South Africa, according to UNICEF, and unfortunately most children in the communities we serve just don't have access to swimming lessons.  
Part of the rationale of starting Love to Langa was to leverage our US dollars to have the greatest impact possible.  This is a great example: to build an indoor, heated pool at Philippi Children's Centre will cost only USD$26,000.  Once it is completed, the Headstart Swim School will take over the administration and train pupils and community members to teach at the school. 
We look forward to keeping you updated about our progress and will have different giving levels available soon. 
Love to Langa has been sponsoring swimming lessons for several students over the past few months at a pool Headstart built in Claremont, South Africa, and we are thrilled to expand the opportunity to gain this life-long skill to more children.  We'd like you to meet two of the children who we are currently sponsoring.
Lithemba was a little apprehensive when he had his first lesson, says teacher Anne Shurrie.  "He hadn't had lessons prior to coming to Headstart, but now enters the water with confidence and a big smile.  I had to learn a few Xhosa words and with the help of his mom interpreting he is kicking well, blowing bubbles, doing role-poly arms over the noodle and has progressed to not being held when on the noodle.  He loves the water and listens to instruction well.  He is a pleasure to teach."
Marian had never swam before but she was not afraid of getting into the pool.  She's willing to learn and is loving it, says teacher Wendy Chamongoma.  "She has even started swimming along with the help of aids without holding onto me.  She blows bubbles and enjoys every lesson.  She's learned how to climb out of the pool and dive while sitting."

 

Marian
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Amy Ostroff
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