Lessons at DCS will only resume on Monday 8 April and Tuesday 9 April 2019.
We have a lot planned for the second term, but we sadly say goodbye to one of our long standing volunteers - Priya Sen on Monday 8 April.
Please join us for a farewell tea on Monday 8 April at Piatto's after our lessons to say good bye to Priya. Priya has mainly taught on Tuesdays over the last few years, however she has assisted with Monday Zoo trips, the Food Pantry, our Saturday Buddy Reader Programme and has basically always stepped in to help out wherever help was needed. If you volunteer on Tuesdays, please pop into Piatto's on Monday the 8th at 11am if you are available so that you can say farewell to Priya.
Rotary Club of Sandton will then be joining us at DCS on Tuesday 9 April to deliver over 500 sets of LEGO to be distributed to learners at DCS. Meghan, Sachi and I will be staying on after our usual Tuesday lesson to assist with this as the truck is only due to arrive between 10:30 and 11am. It would be great if our Tuesday volunteers could stay on for this, but if not we will make sure that a car goes back to Dainfern at the usual time.
With Easter around corner, please consider donating a few strips of marshmallow eggs or a box of 24 or 48 similar to what is pictured below (it doesn't matter what brand). This will keep our costs down as we like to give each Grade 2 and 3 child an egg. If you can bring a few on Monday 8 or Tuesday 9 April, we will be able to purchase the balance required in the week and distribute them with your help, the following week.
Our Edu Fun HQ has been a busy hub of activity over this holiday period as a team of us prepare to go on our Wakkerstroom expedition next week. Another example of combining EDUcation and FUN! This is the first real opportunity to replicate our Edu Fun model after our trip to Malawi in 2017. We will be training local volunteers and will be working with the teachers who Read for Africa have trained over the last few months. We are looking forward to developing a blueprint for future projects as Edu Fun continues to evolve to support other under-resourced schools in rural and township areas.
We've also launched our Instagrampage, so please follow edufunsouthafrica- we will be documenting our trip on Instagram and Facebook all week next week and recording some lessons live. The joys of working with tech savvy volunteers who are teaching us new things every day.
PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR OUR UPCOMING FUNDRAISER!
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS.
Exciting Edu Fun Fundraiser taking place on Saturday 11 May 2019 - tickets are on sale for R200 per person. Book Now!
All the partner projects will be working together and all funds will be distributed equally across all projects. We look forward to collaborating with many of you as we work towards common goals - raising funds to reduce / eliminate as many barriers to learning at Diepsloot Combined School whether it be to provide food, conduct health screenings, provide uniforms, teach reading and/or provide a multi-purpose hub to house all these activities.
Thank you to St Peter's Preparatory School for providing the lovely venue for this event and to all of you who have indicated that you will attend/help leading up to the event or on the day.
Join us Saturday 11 May at 18:30 for our first annual Edu Fun Fundraiser! All proceeds benefit Edu Fun’s literacy program and partner projects. Together we work tirelessly to improve the lives of the children in Diepsloot Combined School through education, health and nutrition.
Venue: St Peter's Preparatory School, 155 Witkoppen Road
Tickets are just R200 per person! Banking details below.
The night will include:
Light bites, cocktails and dancing.
Silent and live art auctions showcasing local Diepsloot artists, photography by mrsk and unique pieces contributed by the Art Eye.
Come learn about all our projects and meet some of the children that have graduated from our programs and are now in University.
Please email proof of payment to email@example.com so that you can receive your confirmation email detailing important information about the night, directions to the venue and your assigned auction number.
We look forward to seeing you!
Account Name: Edu Fun
Account Number: 62242345438
Branch Code: 254005
SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ
Email Proof of Payment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor a learner at Diesploot Combined
If you are in a position to make a donation at this time of year, the following may be of interest to you where for R1000 you will be paying for
All Edu Fun activities including literacy classes for one child in Grade 2 or 3 for the year. (R500)
One family to receive one month's worth of groceries from Ngangifisa in 2019. (R350)
One ticket for our upcoming fundraiser on 11 May 2019 at the early bird discount rate of R150 per ticket.
All donations are tax deductible and all donors receive a tax certificate.
When you sponsor a child like Itumeleng, Musawenkosi, Revelation, Lauren or Keorapetse for R500, we allocate a learner to you and send you a photo. We then send progress reports and updates on their progress at various stages in the year.
Meet a few of our gorgeous Grade 2 learners - ready and eager to learn with your help
1. Itumeleng is 7 years old. He told us that he lives with his mommy and daddy and 6 year old sister. He likes to play ball and eat vegetables.
2. Musawenkosi is 7 years old and lives with his older sister. He likes soccer and books. THANK YOU TRACY PITCHER FOR SPONSORING MUSAWENKOSI RECENTLY.
3. Revelation is 7 years old. She lives with her mother and big brother. She likes to play with the skipping rope and enjoys pizza and reading.
4. Lauren is 7 years old. She lives with her mother, brother and sister. When she grows up she wants to be a clinic sister.
5. Keorapetse is 7 years old. She lives with her mother and she has 2 sisters and 2 brothers and likes to skip.
If you would like to sponsor the Edu Fun literacy classes and other Edu Fun activities for one of these children or a child that you are already working with, there are several payment platforms that can be used for this purpose.
In order to get a South African Tax certificate please do an EFT into the Edu Fun bank account.
Branch Code: 254005
SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ
Account Name: Edu Fun
Account Number: 62242345438
Reference: "Sponsor learner" (when paying R500) OR All in one (when paying R1000)
Email Proof of payment to email@example.com
Please send us an email and let us know when you've made a payment and give us the name of the child you would like to sponsor or we will just allocate one of the children to you. Please also indicate via email if you would like a South African tax certificate.
If you pay tax in the United States or the UK, the Global Giving Platform may be of interest to you.
Our English literacy lessons are based on Read for Africa's Phono-Graphix Reading and Spelling method. We do run volunteer workshops from time to time and volunteers are welcome to attend more in-depth training in the method with Read For Africa.
The video clip takes you through the 4 key principles behind the programme as well as discusses a few topical debates such as learning how to read in one's mother tongue versus English. You can fast forward to the end where you will see a demonstration on how words are built and how we do Buddy Reading.
On-going Campaigns - please share this information with your friends and colleagues
The Global Giving and MySchool platforms have increased our fundraising potential as these are both platforms that make it very easy for our supporters to give us money.
Click on ether of the images below to find out more about both of these campaigns. If you have a Woolworths card, you can very easily link it to our MySchool campaign which means Woolworths will give Edu Fun money every time you swipe your card, at NO cost to you.
Walton's is also a My School partner - so please keep this in mind when buying all your stationery.
Thank you to many of you who have already linked your cards and are already swiping away with your card so that Edu Fun can benefit.
Estimated Budget and Stationery needs for our 2019 Grade 2 and 3 Literacy Programme
We estimate that we will need an ambitious R171 000 to accommodate up to 380 Grade 2 and 3 learners this year. Our latest proposal and break down of estimated costs is attached.
Our biggest expense is stationery and printing. If you have any contacts and could arrange toner/cartridges and ordinary A4 photocopy paper, we would be most grateful as this would be a huge saving.
Many companies have their financial year ending February/March. This often means that they are looking to support charities at the start of a year as they need to use up their CSI budgets.
If you do have any corporate contacts, it would be great if you reminded them about Edu Fun and the work that we do. Please let them know that we are BEE compliant and can issue Tax certificates.
Our official registration numbers etc. are available at this page as well. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like additional information or supporting documents.
Ngangifisa and the Food Pantry
Ngangifisa usually distribute monthly groceries to a group of the most vulnerable families in Diepsloot on the last Wednesday of each month, Many of these children have lost one or both parents and in some cases come from child headed homes. Ngangifisa will do their next distribution on Wednesday 10 April at 11am due to the school holidays and Easter.
The Baby Club supports young mums, their babies and children at a crèche that they work with that is close to DCS. The aim is to ensure that these teenage mums stay in school and finish matric despite having the additional responsibility of having to look after a child.
This group mend school uniforms on a weekly basis after our Tuesday Buddy Reader Programme. They also provide new school shoes when funds allow. They have recently added shoe polishing to their services which will help protect the shoes for longer and also give some of the school shoes a face lift before needing to be replaced altogether!
Health Project - Eyesight, Dental, Nutrition checks
Thank you to Arlene and Dominique who lead the Health Group. They can be contacted on email@example.com if you would like more information about the Health group and how you can get involved this year.
This group does eyesight and dental checks with the learners as well as provide nutritional and other guidance.
Please contact me on 082 322 0608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any general queries. You can also contact the relevant person mentioned above for specific projects or events.
Please see the dates to diarise at the bottom of this newsletter for the rest of this relatively short term as well as other events scheduled later in the year.