School for 25 at-risk children in South Africa

by Love to Langa
Mila, Zizo and their late granny
Mila, Zizo and their late granny

Dear Donors:

You may recall that we had a brother and sister who lost many members of their family a few months ago in a tragic car accident that left the sister in the hospital for quite some time. We received the following note from their principal, Sandra:

"My heart is so sore because Mila and Zizo did leave Cape Town for good. Mila did pass grade 1 and coped very well according to his teacher and Zizo was just that happy face and doesn't matter how she feel but always with a smiling face.
She was so happy at the graduation, I will send the video. Then remember Lutho Mambo's father was shot then now in November his uncle were shot and his niece and he was so sad at his age. He will be in grade R next year and I would love to keep him on our scholarship group.
We did also lose a mother in November and the child was in Teacher Virginia's class. Child's name is Hlela. So if it fine with you, we can then also add Hlela on the scholarship.
Lastly, you must thank Love to Langa for the amazing support and tell them that it really makes a difference in the community. Community people did come and thank me after they heard how we did support Mila and Zizo's family with the groceries parcels and clothing for both Mila and Zizo and also the school fees for both of them. I am proud and happy and look like a Hero because of them. Love Sandra"
Thanks again for your support and we wish you all the best for a happy and healthy New Year!

Dear donors and friends:

It's almost springtime in Cape Town and the chilly winter rains are giving way to bright sunshine and warmer temperatures. We hope this report on five of the children you are helping to attend school will help warm your heart, wherever you are and no matter the season. All of the children, with the exception of Raphael, have been sponsored by Love to Langa for at least the past two years. 

Juanicka is now age four and in Teacher Patronella's Springbokke class. Patronella reports that Juanicka is communicating well with her peers and teachers. She is learning to sound out letters in the language shelf. She enjoys tracing the sand paper letters on papers.

With Juanicka in the same class is Nadine. Patronella says, "Nadine is communicating well her teachers and peers. She is able to count up to 10. She enjoys working with frames in the practical life area. She enjoys circle time where she sits next to her friends and participates in the activities. She is a joy to have in class."

Melody is in Teacher Phumeza's three-year-old Kangaroos class. She says, "We are pleased with her school attendance considering her home circumstances. She is communicating well with her peers and teachers. She enjoys painting, coloring in and play dough. We are happy with her progress."

Raphael is also in Kangaroos and Phumeza says, "he can communicate well with his teachers and peers. He is able to count and cut. His eye-hand coordination is good. He enjoys outside time and playing on the jungle gyms. He is progressing well."

We met Tyron when he was two years old and we were very worried about him. He was clearly suffering the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome and was very small and withdrawn. He is now is Teacher Elizabeth's Squirrels Grade R class and is a much more engaged five-year-old.  Elizabeth says, "Tyron is doing very well in school. He is doing well in his mathematics. He likes to work with blocks and shapes. He has a good understanding of his numbers and concepts. He is adapting well with his language."

These five children attend Philippi Children's Centre, where we are currently constructing the Love to Langa Swimming Academy. We also sponsor 10 children at Mfuleni Early Childhood Centre and there is a brief video linked below with thanks from Kissmea, our South African board member, and the children at that school. 

We are so grateful for your support!



Accident scene
Accident scene

We are very sorry to share this terrible news that two of our scholarship recipients were in a devastating car accident a few days ago. Brother and sister, Mila and Zizo, were both hurt and Zizo was in a coma but thankfully has come out of it. When Mila regained consciousness, he started asking for their father, who was killed in the crash, as was their grandmother and cousin. They had been living with their grandmother for the past two years since their mother died, with their father living in a nearby shack.

The children are now orphans but thankfully, Mfuleni ECD Principal Sandra has stepped up help. "Mfuleni ECD staff would like to take care of the children. I will act as their guardian as soon as a suitable family member is found." Sandra also said that there are two staff members who are willing to welcome the children into their homes. This is a community that takes care of their own but funds are slim and the children will have needs that will stretch the budget of whomever is able to take them. 

Our donors have been sponsoring the children's education for the past two years and now we are seeking additional funds to help them through this horribly unfortunate situation.

Donations of any amount would be gratefully received.

Thanks so much for your support!

Mila and Zizo with their late gran
Mila and Zizo with their late gran

We are so grateful for the support Love to Langa receives for scholarships, which enables children to attend school who would otherwise not have the opportunity. Here is an update about two children.

Zizo is a grade R learner in Teacher Zamirin's class at Mfuleni Early Childhood Centre. Principal Sandra says, “What a treasure she is. Sadly, her mother died and she and her brother live with their grandmother, who has become everything to them. They manage with a government grant her Gran receives monthly. Her father is unemployed and stays in a shack in someone's backyard. Her brother is in grade 1 now and was also supported last year by Love to Langa.”

Over at Philippi Children’s Centre, where we are about to begin construction of the Love to Langa Swimming Academy, we find Juanicka, a four year old in Teacher Patronella’s Springbokke class.

Patronella shares, “Juanicka is an independent girl and has started coming out of her shell a lot since the start of the New Year. She enjoys working with the animal puzzles in the art area. Her father is currently unemployed and her mother works on the farm. She has three older siblings, a sister in grade 2 and two brothers who do not attend school. Her mother just found out that she is unexpectedly pregnant. They live in an RDP house in Heinz Park Mitchells Plain, which does not have running water or a toilet. Juanicka comes from a very impoverished background. Her parents rely a lot on the support of family and neighbors to help with daily essentials. Her father is looking for work and has not had much luck. Considering everything that her parents are going through, Juanicka is seldom absent and comes to school clean. Despite her challenges, she is doing well in school.”

Thanks again for making it possible for these two precious girls to have a safe, nurturing place to go each day!

Many thanks for your support in the past year! Thanks to your generosity and that of other donors, Love to Langa was able to reach four townships in South Africa offering scholarships to deserving children in 2015.  The scholarship children are from Mfuleni, Philippi, Mitchells Plain and Khayalitsha.  For 2016 scholarships, we will continue in the township areas.
The children and families who participate in the the scholarship program are affected by the following:
-  drugs
-  alcohol
-  parent death
-  unemployment
-  illness
Project Manager and Love to Langa Board Member, Kissmea Adams, says, "By assisting the children with scholarships, they are not left alone to roam the streets.  Parents and guardians are able to work knowing their children are in a safe, secure environment including full daycare.  The schools that were selected by Love to Langa for scholarships offer meals, educational programme and transport.  We also have been offering scholarships for swimming lessons, which includes bathing suits."

The photos are from Mfuleni Early Childhood Centre, where 10 children are currently receiving scholarship assistance.

Thanks again and we send our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

School principal, Sandra Lucas
School principal, Sandra Lucas

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Location: Gladwyne, PA - USA
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Amy Ostroff
Gladwyne, PA United States

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