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American Team Visits Philile

By Victoria Myers I had the privilege of visiting both of the Philile sites last week with a team of High School students from Atlanta, America. I was so impressed with the quality of the teaching staff and the fun, safe atmosphere cultivated by them. Our team split between both of the sites on each day and did different activities with the kids. The

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Protecting our Children

South Africa still has high levels of violence against its women and children, despite a world-renowned Constitution and a legislative overhaul that safeguards women’s and children’s rights. Around 50,000 children were victims of violent crimes in 2008/09, according to the South African Police Service. Crimes of a sexual nature are the most frequent. Yet such crimes are committed in a climate of relative impunity:

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Millenium Development Goals: South Africa

Goal 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Goal 2. Achieve universal primary education Goal 3. Promote gender equality and empower women Goal 4. Reduce child mortality Goal 5. Improve maternal health Goal 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases Goal 7. Ensure environmental sustainability Goal 8. Develop a global partnership for development And to sustain them we need to invest in our children.


To be a Child in South Africa

To be a child in South Africa is to walk a fragile path to adulthood. The country is home to nearly 19 million children, many of whom are vulnerable. Two-thirds of all children live in poverty – many in homes with unemployed, single, chronically sick or elderly parents and caregivers. Poverty collides with the country’s severe AIDS epidemic, high unemployment and poor service Lotion.

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Early Childhood Development Goals

The ultimate goal of Early Child Development (ECD) programs is to improve young children’s capacity to develop and learn. A child who is ready for school has a combination of positive characteristics: he or she is socially and emotionally healthy, confident, and friendly; has good peer relationships; tackles challenging tasks and persists with them; has good language skills and communicates well; and listens to

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Hope

To think that a haven for children could exist in Diepsloot ext 12 was merely a dream for the residents of that community.  That dream is now being realized with help of sponsors and volunteers alike. The School is housed in 5 containers that have been refurbished to act as 2 classrooms, accommodating 40 children, A storeroom, kitchen and bathroom.  Recently amongst many other

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Is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Many children experience a broken journey through school, interrupted by irregular attendance, absent teachers, teenage pregnancy and abuse and violence in and around schools. South Africa’s high levels of poverty continue to deny thousands of children access to quality education. Around 27 per cent of public schools do not have running water, 78 per cent are without libraries and 78 per cent do not

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Learning on a Jungle Gym

The Turner Jones family donated a jungle gym for the children at the Philile Diepsloot.  The jungle gym arrived last week and the children love it. It’s all good fun and games for the children now. Jungle Gyms are beneficial to a child’s educational, emotional, social and physical development. So, it’s not merely about taking the children off the streets but it has a lot

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Why invest in Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development (ECD) is an “umbrella term” that refers to the processes by which children from ages birth to 9 grow and flourish socially, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and morally. Approximately 40% of South Africa’s young children grow up in conditions of extreme poverty and neglect. That is roughly 10 million children. Research shows that children raised in poor families are most at risk of

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