African Angels TrustEstablished in 2008, African Angels aspires to provide high quality educational programmes to socioeconomically disadvantaged children from the rural community of Chintsa, just outside East London, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Children in this area are severely deprived across multiple developmental domains as a result of deeply entrenched poverty. African Angels takes a whole community approach to development, and engages the broader community, particularly parents and caregivers, to ensure the successful development of children participating in the various programmes which include:
- The African Angels Independent School has 136 learners enrolled, between grades R-7. African Angels are relentless in their quest to see each child reach their full potential and grow into fine South African citizens, able to hope for a better future, because of the education they have received at the school. Established in 2012 the school has seen learners achieve high school bursaries into quality high schools, such as the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy (Johannesburg), Selborne College (East London), Diocesan School for Girls (Grahamstown) and Queens College (Queenstown). The school receives no Government funding, and relies on fundraising initiatives and donations to fund its operations. 100% of students at the school are from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, many living below the poevery line in South Africa . The purpose of establishing the school was to provide access to quality education for those who would be otherwise unable to afford it.
- Nurturing our girls - African Angels Girls' Hostel. “The best thing about living in the hostel is I’m not at home when the bad things happen.” A 12-year old girl who lives at the African Angels Hostel.At African Angels caring, safe and nurturing hostel style accommodation is offered for all girls aged between 10 and 14 years for a very nominal fee. Girls live at the school from Monday to Friday during school terms, and are offered supervised homework (prep), individual time with their hostel mother, in clean and safe facilities. Where 15% of girls do not have electricity at home; 69% do not have running water at home; 74% do not have a toilet at home, living in hostel takes away stress caused by daily living activities and allows the girls to take advantage of learning opportunities. • In 2018, with the exception of 1 award, every academic award at African Angels for Grades 4 – 8 was won by a girl.
- Early Childhood Creche Support and Parent Capacity Building (Community Based). This initiative sees a trained and experienced community member mentor and assist staff at a community creche to implement a structured ECD programme, and run monthly parent workshops on relevant early childhood topics, for example Stunting, Protective Behaviours, Children's routines with parents/carers . 60 children aged 2 months – 5 years directly benefit from an enhanced and supported early childhood programme, and approximately 100 parents/carers will have access to monthly workshops over the next 12 months;
- A boys to men mentorship programme, Siyanqoba (We are Victorious); The scale of gender based violence, and violence in general in South Africa is significant with 8 women murdered every day. 67% of boys grow up with absent fathers and of the remaining 23% many have fathers who are absent, or dysfunctional. Siyanqoba, established in collaboration with The Character Company, a Johannesburg based Non Profit Organisation who have 6 years experience in boys to men mentorship, will focus on mentoring of vulnerable male youth, including 30 boys aged 11-15 years. Mentors will be drawn from the boys' community, and will use The Character Company curriculum and support systems. Through intentional long term mentoring we hope to see boys grow into better men, living the 5 values integral to the programme, kindness, courage, honesty, self discipline and respect.
- The Chintsa East Community Learning Centre: a community located, fully equipped and networked computer laboratory provides over 4 500 residents with free internet access and wi-fi, and the opportunity to learn computer and digital literacy skills, for free.
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