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Support a class of at-risk South African children

by Youth Potential South Africa - YOUPSA
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Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children

Dear Friends,

Wishing you all good health, friendship and a peaceful year ahead!

2020 was quite different than we expected in so many ways. YOUPSA friends reached out and showed that caring for disadvantaged rural children is now even more important than ever.

The Gamtoos Valley children desperately needed support to get through this difficult time. Your kindness allowed us to accomplish so much, including:
- keeping our weekly afterschool enrichment programmes running
- bringing creative care packages to children during the long lockdown period
- going on educational excursions, exploring the wider world for the first time
- distributing books to thousands of children and youth
- expanding reading opportunities for children by making pop up reading sessions on the streets of their neighborhoods
- sponsoring one youth to attend a quality high school
and SO much more...

Thank you for your care and helping us to create a brighter future for these children!

We hope you will stick with us through 2021. YOUPSA has exciting plans ahead including:
- continuing to grow our afterschool enrichment programmes
- giving children the opportunity to learn to play a traditional African musical instrument, the marimba, and starting up a marimba band
- further educational excursions to explore the wider world
- a childrens' mural art project to beautify community spaces, build confidence and build relationships and joy through the highly impactful medium of public mural art.

With gratitude and warm regards,

from the YOUPSA Team

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Dear YOUPSA Friends,

Play and having fun are more important than ever for keeping a healthy mind, while everyone faces unheard of challenges and uncertainty. This applies to both children and adults.

Over the past many months, YOUPSA has been doing home visits with the children to bring them creative care packages that are enjoyable and stimulating for them while they are still not at school. It's been a very long time now for the kids without school. The feedback that the children give us is that they are very moved by the care and stable relationship that they experience with us, especially during this difficult and often traumatizing time.

Thanks to incredibly kind supporters, YOUPSA has been able to continue helping the children during this time. We feel very grateful for this!

Our after-school programme has been up and running again for the past month. The children and families are so happy about this. For the children it is the only inspiration and the only safe place where they can learn new things and be free with their friends. This is absolutely life-saving for them.

So, you see, we have been busy... nothing is holding us back from working to uplift our rural children here. Please read more below about what you have helped us achieve.

YOUPSA turned FIVE in August!

Thanks to special friends and supporters, children and families, YOUPSA has come this far. During these 5 years we have impacted thousands of rural disadvantaged children and their communities in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

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During lockdown, kind donors like you enabled us to distribute creative care packages to the children. Included were coloured pencils, a drawing booklet, drawing paper, activities, a journal, eraser and sharpener, a stuffed toy, beautiful storybooks and healthy snacks.

The children used kaleidoscopes for the very first time! They could not stop looking at the different prisms and colourful patterns. Inspired by this, the mandala drawings they made afterwards were absolutely magnificent!

We introduced the 'Moving Patterns Game' to the kids. This is an active, self-directed game, featuring patterns, footwork, maths and friends. They just love learning maths this way!

An absolute hit with the children was reading the 'Hero In My Hood' story activity book about dog care and dog handling together.

YOUPSA's after-school children now have their very own lego set! They have never used legos before. We first built with the legos in teams before taking the lego sets home to play with.

We've also been making Tippy Taps. A Tippy Tap is a handwashing station that saves water and is cheap and easy to build.

Please help us keep the children safe, stimulated, creative and learning. Kindly consider continuing your support of our programmes.

With much gratitude and love,

the YOUPSA team

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Children receiving books & educational materials
Children receiving books & educational materials

We hope that you and your family are safe, healthy and keeping calm during these difficult times. We are thinking of our kind YOUPSA friends all around the world, and wondering how you are feeling and what it is like where you live. We'd love to hear from you.

The area where YOUPSA operates is one of the major farming areas for the country, supplying citrus and vegetables nationally and for export. As this is an essential service, farm work continues as normal, although the country is in a national lock down. This means that most parents are out to work on the farm, while their children have to stay inside alone all day. Some children are lucky to have a gran to look after them. Most families have a very low level of literacy.

All the schools in this area are still closed for an uncertain period of time and offer no educational support at all. The children live on remote farms or small villages, with no access to the internet. Many families have a cell phone, but only few have smart phones. YOUPSA is the only roleplayer in the community providing them with ways to learn and be creative at home.

Through your kind support, we have been able to give beautiful storybooks and art materials to many children so that they can keep reading, be creative and have a source of comfort at home. Thank you!

By using WhatsApp and staying connected through phone calls, we provide the children daily with problem-solving, reading and writing activities, art, memorization and physical exercise challenges as well as educational games. We are also there just to chat and provide advice and mental support.

Here is a link for you to see one of the story books that we have sent to the children via WhatsApp, we think you'll really love it: https://bit.ly/3aFV6Aw

The children often say that they miss YOUPSA's programmes so much!

The Non-Profit Organizations in South Africa are not included in the Government Emergency Fund and like many sectors face a very challenging and unpredictable time. Right now we're doing everything possible to sustain daily operations and provide services to our community. Now, more than ever, our community needs us. And we need you.

If you are able, please make a donation to our program. If you are unable to donate at this time, there are many other ways you can support us! For example it would mean the world to us if you can advocate for us by sharing our mission with a family member, friend or colleague. Even a quick mention on your social media would help others become aware of the work that we do. They might even want to support us.

Thank you for being a friend to the children here, and sending you our very best wishes and warm regards.

The YOUPSA Team

Origami made from home with WhatsApp instructions1
Origami made from home with WhatsApp instructions1
Origami made from home with WhatsApp instructions2
Origami made from home with WhatsApp instructions2
Math exercise at home with WhatsApp instructions
Math exercise at home with WhatsApp instructions
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Grade 5 children at De Mistkraal Primary School
Grade 5 children at De Mistkraal Primary School

Dear Friend of YOUPSA,

we wish you a very Happy 2020, may you experience much joy and fulfillment! Thank you for supporting YOUPSA in 2019. Your kind help greatly uplifts the daily lives of our rural children.

The new year has started with a good foundation from 2019. Here in South Africa the new school year begins in January, and schools are opening this week. During the holiday time we met with groups of children in their homes to read together and discuss what we have read.

Here is some news from since you last heard from us. YOUPSA's Grade 5 kids requested to be in the newspaper to let people know what they have to say. Three newspapers picked up their story - 'The Herald', 'Our Times' and the 'Kouga Express'.

Here are some excerpts:
Ronaldo Mandeka said: "We so love the stories in the books we read together because we learn many things and they are fun. The books 'Night Becomes Day' (by Richard McGuire), 'Whistle for Willie' (by Ezra Jack Keats), 'A Beautiful Day' (by Elana Bregin) and 'Die Seekoei Wat Gelukkig Was' (by Rachel Elliot) were some of our favorites this year."
George McGuire said: "We like to think about the stories and the things they teach us."
Lorenzo Blou said: "In our school there is no reading for pleasure, only text books."
Theoline George said: "Some of us are concerned that many of our friends in the school still cannot read and we are trying to help them. Reading makes people happy!"
The children experience daily challenges, both at home and at school. Here are some of the things they said that are worrying them:
Cedric Booysen said: "We worry about others bullying us at school, there is a lot of bullying among children."
Ronaldo Mandeka said: "I am worried about being threatened" and "I am scared to break a window and receive punishment."
Gaudencia Taisepi said: "At home there is fighting and I am worried to get a beating. It is not peaceful in our area."
About YOUPSA's presence at their school:
George McGuire said: "We feel happy and excited when we see YOUPSA because we learn so many new things with them every time. We love that."
Rockzan Schoeman said: "YOUPSA teaches us how to work together, like a team."
Roseline van Rooyen said: "We learn that maths can be fun, they make it easy" and "We really enjoy when they do art with us."
Christopher Joka said: "They care about every one of us."

YOUPSA's programmes are successful because children actively participate in the learning process and feel safe and supported. We have been with this Grade 5 group since the beginning of their Grade 4 year. They are a very special bunch of kids with bright minds and warm hearts. These kids so value when taken seriously and being heard. Read one of the 3 newspaper articles HERE

YOUPSA presents at the Volkswagen Literacy Conference

YOUPSA was represented at the Volkswagen Community Trust Literacy Conference. Co-founder Alexis Salaman gave a wonderful presentation on 'Literacy and Creative Learning in the Rural Context'. People really appreciated hearing about our literacy development innovations with rural children.
Volkswagen organized a very meaningful and enjoyable event. We were grateful to be part of a group of engaged people who are invested in bringing the love of reading to the children of our country.

Please consider continuing to support our Creative Youth Empowerment programs in 2020!

We'd love to hear from you.
With warm regards,

the YOUPSA Team

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My very first book!
My very first book!

Dear Friend of YOUPSA,

The children here have been thriving in YOUPSA's weekly programmes. For children to flourish, they need a safe environment, opportunities, stable and inspiring relationships. Most children that attend our programmes come from vulnerable backgrounds and violent homes, and YOUPSA's workshops are the only place where they can experience safety, support, inspiration and care.

Your support over the past year has meant the world to these children. Thank You! Our Literacy & Creative Youth Empowerment programme is ongoing. So we kindly ask you to please consider continuing your support for these children.

Recently an American organisation called Givology recorded a podcast with Co-Founder Alexis Salaman, an interview about what YOUPSA does. Here is the link to it, we hope you enjoy listening to her inspiring story: bit.ly/2jVMT77.

YOUPSA invited Woodridge College, a high calibre private school in the region, to reach out to the disadvantaged children and share some of their love and skills with them. The joy and connection was immense for everyone!

Through YOUPSA's partnership with the book organisations Book Dash and FunDza, we are fortunate to receive many beautiful books that we can distribute to children and youth. As there are no books for the children and youth in the Gamtoos Valley, this is a great upliftment for them. During South African National Book Week, we distributed over 800 books in isiXhosa, Afrikaans and English language. The kids were so excited, they could not believe that they now own their very own book!

Maths is an important part of YOUPSA's Creative Youth Empowerment workshops. We feel that having basic maths skills is vital for a successful daily life and for participating in a democratic society. At every grade level the majority of children are counting on their fingers when we first meet them, even Grade 9 youth. Unfortunately they have never had an opportunity to make friends with maths. We teach maths in a way that is fun and engages a child's natural curiosity. When we first start maths with them they are fearful, but they soon see that maths can be real fun, and that they can even be good at it!

We have been doing many art projects with the children. One of the projects was creating beautiful lions! First all of the children practiced drawing the basic outline of a lion, drawing 6 lions freely, without erasing or caring about being perfect. Then once everyone felt confident, they drew a larger lion on an A4 sheet of paper, colored it and cut out the mane. What a delight it was for the children to express their individuality and bring together what their friends had created - a beautiful pride of lions!

Just as we feel excited and fulfilled by giving these vulnerable children the conditions to flourish, so likewise we hope your giving brings you a similar feeling of great joy and satisfaction.

Please consider making a donation to support this important work!

We'd love to hear from you.

With warm regards,

the YOUPSA Team

learning Math with fun
learning Math with fun
making lion art
making lion art
a pride of lions
a pride of lions
Woodridge College outreach
Woodridge College outreach
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