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
a group of YOUPSA afterschool programme children
a group of YOUPSA afterschool programme children

Dear Friend of YOUPSA,

This long pandemic period has been an especially difficult time in the lives of rural children, and many are losing hope for their future. YOUPSA's regular programmes and care is keeping children uplifted and continuously learning. We really appreciate your part in helping to make this happen!

Children thrive when they have a safe space and the time to be creative. The children can hardly believe that they have this regular opportunity to learn new and fun things. Amongst other skills, we taught them cardboard-circle-disc knitting, producing colorful arm braces and necklaces. While doing this activity, the children practiced important concepts that they don't gain experience of at their school - geometry, tying knots, cutting, counting and concentration. They were so proud to have mastered a new skill and wear their own creation.

Discussing healthy practices of body and mind is an essential part of YOUPSA's programmes. Most rural children do not receive practical education about healthy habits or hygiene, caring for themselves and the environment, neither at home nor at school. Good hygiene is one of the many lifeskills our children develop during the programmes. We all wash hands before we begin our other activities. The children all really enjoy this routine so much! We also love eating healthy food together. At home most of the rural disadvantaged children do not eat any fruits or vegetables, and they love the opportunity to try new things.

We wanted to let you know that we are making a change in focus. We have migrated away from the school programmes, for a number of reasons. The recent lockdown conditions have made it increasingly impossible to work sustainably with the school bodies. We have now decided to stop working with schools and put all our energy into running afterschool enrichment programmes. This is proving to be a much more effective way to reach and empower the children.

For this reason we will be closing the 'Support a Class of at-risk South African Children' campaign by 10 September. Please consider supporting our afterschool enrichment project called 'Life-changing Education for South African Children' on the GlobalGiving platform. The link for this project is here: https://goto.gg/50889

With much appreciation for your kind heart towards the children in South Africa and their education.

The YOUPSA Team

 

enjoying sweet and crisp carrots
enjoying sweet and crisp carrots
washing hands before we begin other activities
washing hands before we begin other activities
learning cardboard circle disk knitting
learning cardboard circle disk knitting
producing colorful arm braces and necklaces
producing colorful arm braces and necklaces
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Marine boat tour
Marine boat tour

Dear Friend of YOUPSA,

The past few months have been filled with so many world-opening experiences for the YOUPSA children. Art is an essential element for mental and physical well-being and is a regular part of YOUPSA's programmes. Recently our childrens' artwork reached international audiences - as part of the 'I Have A Voice Arts Festival' exhibition in a gallery in Manhattan, New York, USA! Click I Have A Voice to view the exhibit online.

Thanks to your help we have been able to take the children on a number of outings to explore the wider world. Most rural children have never had the opportunity to leave their farm or village. Our adventures included a trip to an arts & crafts market, a marine boat tour, a day at the beach, eating at a restaurant, visiting the dams that supply the region with water, seeing wild animals at Amakhala Game Reserve, touring the African Musical Instruments factory and more.

In YOUPSA's weekly programme, the children have been enjoying reading books and discussing topics such as building relationships, self-belief and resilience. A very popular book with the children is 'Mayine' by South African author Nathan Adonis. After reading a book, our children like to express their experience through drawings.

The most important thing for children to unfold is to have space and freedom to express themselves. Making cardboard art was an exciting opportunity to experience just that!

YOUPSA is supporting two bright girls to attend better schools. We are extremely proud of them and love seeing them thrive in their new environment. They have been part of YOUPSA's programmes for some years, Jade Rynn is now attending Grade 6 and Philasande is attending Grade 10.

Our world is continuously opening! YOUPSA has just moved our operations to the De Rust area, Klein Karoo, Western Cape Province, 15 minutes east of Oudtshoorn. It is a farming community at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains. We will be working with the disadvantaged children of the farm laborers and unfolding new talents here, while continuing to support the children in the Gamtoos Valley.

Please continue to help us keep our children safe, stimulated, creative and learning.

With gratitude and warm regards from the YOUPSA Team!

At an arts & crafts market
At an arts & crafts market
A tour of the African Musical Instruments factory
A tour of the African Musical Instruments factory
Reading and drawing 'Mayine'
Reading and drawing 'Mayine'
Reading together under a tree
Reading together under a tree
Being creative - making cardboard art
Being creative - making cardboard art
cardboard art 1
cardboard art 1
cardboard art 2
cardboard art 2
cardboard art 3
cardboard art 3
Jade Rynn, 12 years old
Jade Rynn, 12 years old
Philasande, 15 years old
Philasande, 15 years old
De Rust area, Klein Karoo
De Rust area, Klein Karoo
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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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Youth Potential South Africa - YOUPSA

Location: Oudtshoorn, Western Cape - South Africa
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Twitter: @YoupsaAfrica
Project Leader:
Ray Schone
Hankey, Eastern Cape South Africa

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