As part of the Speak First Foundation’s on-going commitment to developing the education and lives of children, one of our trainers has recently been working with a project in Cape Town, South Africa.
Claudia Unger, a Speak First senior training consultant from Vienna, Austria, has been out in South Africa supporting the St Francis Children’s Home in Athlone, just outside Cape Town. She has been helping to prepare lunches, reading to the children aged 4-6 and working with them on filling in colouring books and playing outdoor games. Claudia also assisted the older boys aged 7-10 with their learning, homework, maths and their reading and writing.
‘I already love them very much, they are sweet and polite boys (most of the time!) and they seem to be happy to have me around. I am having a wonderful, rewarding experience’.
Claudia had identified the opportunity for the Speak First Foundation to help 20 boys aged between 6 and 17, from a scheme near the children’s home, get a better start in life. The boys are from Margret’s House in Landsdown, Cape Town – which is part of the Capeflats Youth Development Programme.
Ester Uys, who is the Chief Childcare Worker at the Capeflats Youth Development Programme said ‘These children really struggle, and have no ‘extras’. They get fed, but need school equipment and sports shoes to be able to attend Physical Education and other things’.
The Speak First Foundation is delighted to have been able to provide some much needed equipment for these boys. As well as donating £3000 towards resources to improve the education facilities for the boys, we also provided some materials for drawing, writing and sports for the children to use.
Thanks go out to all of Speak First’s clients who have contributed. You do this every time you simply book training and coaching with us, as donations from each course fund these life changing projects.