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Each1Teach1 is expanding – get involved!

Each1Teach1 is expanding – get involved!

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It is a new school year in South Africa and we are eager to restart our tutoring initiative. Our aim is to significantly increase the subjects and number of days we tutor, as well as introduce workshops on (on topics such as teen pregnancy, drugs, and rape). Having completed the construction of a netball court last year, we are excited to support the school in starting teams, as well.

We will be engaging people at the University of Cape Town from February 4th to 6th on the main campus. If you would like to meaningfully contribute to our greater community, please some see us between 10am and 2pm.

PLI 2012 highlights: teaching, building, and sharing

PLI 2012 highlights: teaching, building, and sharing

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PLI 2012 highlights: teaching, building, and sharing

As this year comes to a close, and upon reflecting on the progress we’ve been able to make, we feel excited about what, with the help of our supporters, will be done next year. Below is a glimpse of programs we will be expanding upon in 2013. We thank you for all for your support!

Teaching:

Upon consultation with the Fisantekraal High School staff and parents of learners, Peace and Love International began developing a much needed academic tutoring program for the youths called Each1Teach1. At the time we began recruiting talented tutors from the University of Cape Town (UCT) we were dismayed by the fact that 86% of the school’s pupils were failing their grades. Our program got off to a strong start thanks to the assistance of UCT student group called Ubunye who for years has developed and maintained tutoring efforts in marginalized communities. By bringing dozens of university students to the high school we managed to assist students eager to improve their academic performance. Though we certainly cannot take credit, students, staff, and the school’s principal are adamant that the program has demonstrated results, and we are thankful that at the end of the school year majority of the students were moving onto the next grade.

We wrapped up our tutoring effort with a unique celebration for the academically-committed high school students who participated in our tutoring effort, taking them on a nature outing thanks to a transportation grant by the HCI Foundation. At the end of 2013 we hope to take even more students on this celebration as we intend to expand our tutoring program to all grades of students at the school (8,9,10, and 11) while diversifying the subjects offered for tutoring. Similarly, our energetic Each1Teach1 steering committee members have been busy planning a recruitment drive for the new year, naturally making us very excited about the wonderful tutors joining our team in the months to come.

Sharing

In 2012 Peace and Love International received a generous Matching Grant from Rotary Clubs in Canada and South Africa which saw the shipment of a 12 meter container from Vancouver to Cape Town. The contents of the container were thoughtfully gathered by The Rotary World Help Network and packed by kind Rotarians who made every effort to fill the container to its maximum capacity with medical supplies, educational materials, sporting equipment, musical instruments, and everything in between! We were eager to receive this support not only for the fact that it allowed up to expand and enhance our initiatives, but equally for the fact that it enabled us to reach out to our community partners doing quality work for those in need. To this end, PLI was able to share thousands of items with over +20 organizations, including Red Cross Children’s Hospital, 2 under-resourced government hospitals, 7 Rotary Clubs, and over 15 community organizations such as Noluthando School for the Deaf, Education Without Borders, and the South African Education and Environment Project. The ripple effect created by the Rotarians who worked so hard to deliver these goods to us is beyond measure and we thank them on behalf of all our community partners in Cape Town.

 

Building
This year we broke ground at Fisantekraal High School and were able to construct a netball court for the new school’s first pupils. Netball is a sport traditionally played by woman, but our aim to break this gender barrier at the school by offering a program for male students while providing a rare opportunity for the school’s female students to participate in a meaningful, empowering group activity. Like all our other programs this one too shall focus on life-skills, using sport as a medium for confidence building and positive decision making while academic stipulations of the program will seek to enhance educational performance. The court was completed in December 2012 and the first teams will be offered to the youths in the new school year. The construction of the court was sponsored by Rotary Clubs in North America and South Africa.

    Thank YOU

 
2012 has been PLI’s most successful year yet. We would not have been able to do what we’ve done without the support of people like you, countless Rotarians, school staff, community members, organizations like Ubunye, Rotary, and the HCI Foundation, dedicated volunteer from the University of Cape Town, and extraordinary individuals serving on our board of directors in South Africa and Canada. If you believe in the work we do, please share this post – hopefully it will result in us meeting more people like you, allowing us to continually expand our efforts for those in need.

Wishing you a wonderful new year,

The Peace and Love International Team

Drawing on the knowledge of experienced teachers, supporting struggling students

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In Cape Town there is an abundance of highly qualified teachers from neighboring countries. They are looking to climitize themselves to the South African education system.

As such, its our pleasure to meet with a handful of these teachers tomorrow to see if we can introduce them to the system by integrating them into our high school tutoring initiative. This is a promising development: a symbiotic relationship beneficial to all concerned.

 

 

If you’d like to keep up to date with the development of this initiatives, please check this space regularly. The program launches in one week!

 

 

From our hands, into theirs; a heavy delivery for Baphumelele!

From our hands, into theirs; a heavy delivery for Baphumelele!

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About a year ago some of our Canadian friends in Rotary came to visit us in Cape Town. While here, they learned more about our efforts on the ground, and wanted to help by sending us the materials we needed to expand our programs. They also connected with other organizations doing good work in the community. One that caught their eyes was Baphumelele, a truly vast community effort ranging from orphanages to hospices.  Peace and Love International, having visited their operations 3 years ago, can attest to the organization’s positive impact on Khayelitsha.

Our friends wanted certain items delivered to the home. The most prized position for the orphanage was a piano!

There was also 20 hospital beds with mattresses for a brand new hospice! What a packing job was done that day…

Peace and Love International wanted to go above and beyond the resources designated for them, and as such, we started identifying other needs after consulting with Mama Rosie, Baphumalele’s founder. In the next few weeks, you’ll see more photos of the assistance we were able to provide to Baphumelele… See you here again soon!

French books from Canada proving surprisingly useful in South Africa

French books from Canada proving surprisingly useful in South Africa

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South Africa is the financial hub of Africa, and as such, there are millions of African refugees who have moved here in search of a better life. People, lacking opportunity in their poorer countries, cross the borders, legally and otherwise, often with their children, working against the odds to move forward.

However, there are next to no social services for these refugees. Since the xenophobic attacks of 2008, African refugees continue to live in fear of violence. The state overlooks the needs of the migrant communities to appease a national voter base suffering from staggering unemployment; a common scapegoat is to blame the ‘foreigners’.

Children of refugee parents from French speaking countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Rwanda, and Chad are hit twice as hard given the lack of educational services offered in their mother tongue. Thanks to the culturally sensitive works of those like The Shine Centre, there is some light in sight for those who’ve traveled to Cape Town from afar.

Shine’s website states “The Shine Centre is a nonprofit organisation based in the Western Cape that provides support in literacy and language enrichment to second language children in Grade 2 and 3.” They do, much more, however, as they also provide after school and extracuricular programming for the children of refugee from French speaking African countries. This type of service is truly scarce, and much needed. Beyond sharing office furniture with the organization in order to enhance their efforts, Peace and Love International was most excited to be able to share with Shine a few box fulls of French children’s books; something their kind Communications Manager told us they were greatly lacking.

Merci beacoup, Shine, for the good work you do, and to our friends in Canada who, through the Rotary World Help Network, provided us with these wonderful books!

Each1Teach1: Picking brains at the University of Cape Town

Each1Teach1: Picking brains at the University of Cape Town

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We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with the University of Cape Town in developing Each1Teach 1: a new, unique tutoring program geared at high school students struggling to learn. Our primarily meeting, held at the Post Graduate Seminar room of the university, was attended by +70 students from the full range of faculties! The program will start in October.

We want to thank everyone who attended, the ladies of the Post Graduate Center for their help with the venue, and the Faculty of Politics for sponsoring warm drinks. Stay tuned for more…

 

 

Education Without Borders: working hard in Guguletu

Education Without Borders:               working hard in Guguletu

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Working with an open mind and a kind heart, Education Without Borders is doing real good work in Cape Town! Founded in 2002 in Vancouver, the organization now conducts great work out of the sprawling township of Guguletu. EWB has been a generous partner of Peace and Love International, sharing with us knowledge from their experience developing tutoring programs. Their belief is in education, and we thought we’d lend the help we could so their efforts could be strengthened too! 

We invited EWB to visit us and see where we could be helpful. They left with boxes of educational supplies for their after school program, plus soap and such to improve the student’s learning environment throughout school hours. We were also fortunate to be able to provide them with some sport and craft supplies which will be helpful in their wonderful extracurricular activities, as well as a walker and some blankets for their other kind work in Guguletu.

Thanks for the great work you do for the community, EWB; we look forward to growing with you in the years to come!

Sharing with our community: Noluthando School for the Deaf

Sharing with our community: Noluthando School for the Deaf

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August has been a month of sharing for Peace and Love International! We were very fortunate to have received hundreds of boxes filled with goods from our friends in Canada, and we’ve been busy connecting with established, reputable partners in the Cape to see how we can be of assistance to their important efforts. As an organization we stick to our beliefs, and we believe that the greater good is benefited most when we are cooperating with other humanitarian organizations. As such, in the next few weeks we’d like to introduce you to some of our community partners. Today, we’re excited to acquaint you with Noluthando School for the Deaf!

Located in Khayelitsha, one of Cape Town’s most populated townships, Noluthando School for the Deaf  looks after the needs of a largely under-assisted demographic: the deaf. Education is very difficult to come by for deaf youths, and for impoverished deaf people the struggles are even greater. Deaf adults lacking education have extreme difficultly securing work in a country where unemployment is so rampant. However, Noluthando’s mission is to create opportunities for learning for those who would otherwise be left without such unique support. We wanted to help…

Noluthando School for the Deaf provide a host educational and vocational training programs for those with learning disabilities. However, they are underfunded and cannot afford to purchase all the materials they need for their programs. As such, we shared some resources with them, including wheel chairs, hygiene supplies, furnishings, learning materials, and medical equipment.

Our hope it to be able to assist Noluthando going forward. We wish them luck with their efforts, and thank them for the great work that they do.

Our container has arrived safely in Cape Town!

Our container has arrived safely in Cape Town!

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IT IS FINALLY HERE!

It took months of waiting, and lots of running around by some VERY dedicated volunteers on two different continents, but alas, we are with our shipping container in Cape Town! We were so pleased to open its doors, which for months remained locked as our container traveled across the seas, from port to port.

The contents, shipped to us from our friends at the Rotary World Help Network in Canada,   are abundant in variety. From medical aid equipment which can be shared with clinics in marginalized communities and elders in need, to sporting equipment for growing youths lacking extracurricular activities at school, it seems as if we have a little bit of everything to address the needs of many. Over the next two months, one of Peace and Love International’s tasks will be to find sustainable use for the thousands of items we’ve had sent to us.  The bulk of our materials are destined for students and teachers at under-resourced township  high schools, and putting those items to good use is the task we’re most excited about! There are a lot of works ahead for us in the next two months as we find the best way to use all of our newly acquired resources, but we know that when this work is done, many community efforts in Cape Town will receive a great boost in delivering much needed services to those requiring assistance. If you keep checking here, we will keep you completely up to date; you can expect a lot of exciting news to come from our efforts in Cape Town in the months to come!

We cannot express enough the gratitude we have for our friends in Rotary. The process of receiving funding for this container was not an easy one, nor was coordinating its shipment. We have to thank all of our friends in Rotary Disctrist 5050 and 9350 for their tireless, selfless work. Two Rotarians, one from each International District, were particularly active in pursuing a grant for this project, and for making sure it arrived safely and with ease through international ports; Isabella Beane and Mike Walwyn, for this we thank you!

In the coming weeks, we will post more updates and photos, introducing you to our community partners and projects that will be utilizing our resources. Stay tuned!

Newest video: fourteen countries pedaled, and dozens to go!

Newest video: fourteen countries pedaled, and dozens to go!

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If you haven’t already, please meet Tom and Matt; they’re a lot like you, and they’re doing what they can for their global community, in their global community. Check out the video below, and visit www.tomandmattcycle.com to get to know them better.

We Love these people, and we’re sure you will too.

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