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Parade Time!

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It was this years M’lop Tapang Carnival yesterday so we painted our faces and joined the parade. This year the idea was to promote womans rights and road safety, so messages were played out across loud speakers and children dressed as ghosts weaved in and out the crowd. We all had signs bearing messages of safety and respect. There were lots of people out watching so hopefully the message will have sunk in for some.

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Once again our students behaved themselves really well and had a lot of fun. It is always nice to get together with other charities here and show a united front, especially in a country where there is such a lot of problems with false  organisations. It is always a special occasion and we give our thanks to M’lop Tapang for going through all the trouble of organizing it.

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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in 2015

 

Whitgift School Fundraiser

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The Goodwill Center owes the teachers, parents and especially the pupils of Whitgift School a huge thank you! They took on our center as a focus cause for their fundraising efforts (along with the Tapologo and Tsholofelo projects who work with victims of HIV and AIDS in South Africa).

The entire school was involved (organisation being mainly carried out by the sixth-form committee) in planning events and taking part. There was a huge range of activities including cake sales, adventure races, comedy nights, talent shows (with fantastic dance performances), science challenges, make your own Robot Wars and quizzes. All of the students worked incredibly hard to bring it all together and raised, for our center alone, over five thousand pounds.

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Delicious cakes

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The students made their own robots to battle!

 

This money is such a huge help to us and will secure our evening English and Computer classes for over 2 years. These are such an important aspect of our center, providing quality education to over eighty students. Having good English and Computer skills go a very long way in helping our children/young adults advance through school and secure places at either university or in good jobs. Nearly all of our students, coming from very poor backgrounds, would be unable to study in private schools (where fees are paid) so the provision of these classes really is invaluable.

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Thank you so much again Whitgift, it means the world to us!

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2015 in 2015

 

A Kite Flying Experiance

Thank you so much to Julian for all his hard work!

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in 2012

 

I Believe We Can Fly!

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This week we have been joined in the center by Julian, who is here to run a recycled plastic kite making workshop with the children. It has been fantastic and the children have really engaged with it. It was very well planned and in depth, involving presentations and videos on the environment and recycling along with practical activities. This allowed the children to really connect with what they were doing and gave them a greater appreciation for the process.

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It began with a village clean up, with the all children heading out and collecting up old plastic bags. There are hundreds of them here, so they had plenty to do. These were then washed and hung to dry in the sun. After this came bamboo collection, again done around the village, with the pieces being cut to the right size. The children then learned how to prepare the plastic and how to stick it together with an iron (so producing no extra waste). They were fascinated to learn the process. After this the kites were assembled and it was time to fly! It was beautiful to see.

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It was a great project and really gave the children the chance to work together. We will definitely keep it up!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in 2015

 

Christmas and the New Year

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Somehow Christmas snuck up on us again and it was time for our Christmas party. Thanks to some generous donations from many of you we were able to make sure it was a great one! So a big thank you to everyone who gave so generously.

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The teachers had organised the day to include performances of songs and dances and lots of games to join in or watch. We also had food for everyone, fried rice and curry, lovingly cooked by some friends of the center. It seemed like the entire village had heard about the food as the volunteers ended up having to work very hard and gave out well over 200 plates of food!

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The children also received some apples and soft drinks along with pencils and books for school, with some special prizes being given out to top students and performers. It was a lovely afternoon and the children really enjoyed themselves. It is so nice to be able to bring everyone together for one afternoon and celebrate our friendship.

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After a short Christmas break it was back to work. We had the Regner family with us from Sweden. They had done a lot of fundraising through their martial arts center (Hjärups Budoklubb – Combat Jujutsu) and had arrived to pass it on. It was a wonderful surprise! We spent the money carrying out a mega food drop, supplying 25 families with rice, fish, oil, soy sauce and for a New Year treat some fruit. It was such a lovely thing to be able to do. Our food drop is so valuable to our poorest families, really alleviating the financial strain off them for the month, but due to our funding restrictions we are only able to include 3 or 4 families per month (done on rotation). To provide it so many people all at once was a fantastic way to begin the New Year!

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The Regners also spent money buying many supplies for the center and spent a few days getting to know us all. It was a huge bonus for the center, really helping us out. A huge thank you to them and everyone in the Jujutsu center who donated!

 

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in 2015

 

Boxing Class

We have recently been lucky enough to have some boxing classes at the center. Patrick has been here to teach few beginner sessions and hopes to run a few more. The children have loved it and pick it up very quickly. It is a disciplined sport and builds the confidence of those involved (strictly boxing the pads and not each other!!).

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The children have loved having a new challenge, and some of them are getting pretty good. As you can imagine in the heat it is also pretty tiring, so it makes for quieter classes for the teachers afterward! A big thank you to Patrick to take the time to come in and we look forward to the next class.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in 2014

 

Fun in the Sun!

It was everyone’s favorite time of year again, beach time! 50 of us, including some of our older students to help out, packed into vans and onto motorbikes and headed to the Small Beach Bar. We spent the first half hour doing our regular beach clear up (though fantastically the whole area was cleaner than normal already), splitting into 3 groups to get the widest area covered.

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Then it was time for the fun to begin with everyone racing into the water with life vests and rubber rings to wreck havock! It was awesome, I think some of them could have stayed playing forever!

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Then to revive us all Mom and the staff had prepared fried rice with chicken and vegetables, for them all, delicious and nutritious! Then to top it all off Henrik and Mom brought everyone ice-cream. A very happy trip to say the least!

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2014 in 2014

 
 
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