REPORT TO FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS-YEAR ENDED 28/02/2013
THANKS: Firstly a big thank you to those who have supported Soweto Youth financially during the past year and in many other ways. Our primary foci: Our focus has continued to be on the three areas of early childhood development, primary schools and youth work. Early childhood development: We have continued to support our two crèches-Siyakhuliswa Educare and Preschool located in Lehae and Ekukhanyeni crèche located within the Diepkloof hostel in Soweto.
These facilities were established to provide a safe and pleasant environment for the kids from disadvantaged surroundings and background and at the same time to give them a basic grounding in English and other important development areas to equip them for school later on. Some 80 children in the two crèches are looked after by a staff of 7 who otherwise would be unemployed. The bulk of the funding received by Soweto Youth goes to maintaining these facilities by supplementing the fees paid by the parents to cover the costs of stipends, food, facilities and maintenance. We thank The Bridge school in Houghton and the parents for on-going support including food and clothing parcels, school visits and technical and material support.
ONGOING NEED FOR FUNDING OF THE TWO CRECHES.
There is presently a critical need for financial support to continue to meet the monthly needs of the two crèches to the extent of approximately R10.000 pm. Parent fees are insufficient to cover the food and other running expenses (including the stipends for the 7 staff employed at the two crèches) and the funding of the shortfall comes from donations. We are appealing for donors to pay a regular amount on a monthly basis to ensure continuity of operations. This will subsidize individual kids or groups-amounts paid directly to the bank account in the amounts of R100, R350, R500 or R1000 pm are welcomed. (See banking details below).
Other initiatives supported include youth and educational programs in Kliptown and Diepkloof in Soweto: Sport sponsorship esp. soccer and netball, eco projects and literacy and numeracy programs in the Kliptown Youth Program (located within the Kliptown informal settlement) and some 14 primary schools within Soweto.
NUMERACY AND LITERACY
Children are encouraged to read both in their home language and English. School libraries and the KYP library have been boosted by the donation of new and second hand books appropriate to the age groups. In addition each child in grades 4 to 8 in KYP has been given their own books and are assisted with comprehension and have learnt to love reading. The Numeracy program involves grades 1 to 3 working through the "Number Sense" program. In both these programs the youth leadership of KYP has been trained by professional educationalists and are doing a great job in assisting the children in these vital aspects of education. Thanks to Prof. Yvonne Reed and Viv Spooner for driving these programs.
Five a side soccer is encouraged at KYP and the 14 primary schools supported. A interschool tournament was arranged for the schools in Diepkloof in September some 8 schools participating in under 11 and under 13 levels with 200 boys and girls taking part. A dedicated banking account handles all donations: Soweto Youth and Development Projects, Bankers: FNB, 4 Merchant Place code 200607, A/C No. 62156534200.
This company has a representative board and as all financial and other support is targeted at disadvantaged communities in and around Soweto BEE broad based criteria are met thus enabling companies supporting the company projects to apply for credits.
Compiled by Denis Creighton, May 2013. Chairperson, Soweto Youth and Dev. Projects.