The past year was a steep learning curve for us. We had challenging times, being very busy with all the various projects and with getting the administrative things in place for NEA Foundation.
During these times we needed to remind ourselves why we do what we do…
Seeing children, who otherwise would not have had the opportunity for education, go to school and get that opportunity really gives us hope. We would like to share this story of hope with you!
Violet stays in one of the areas we work. When we met her she was a shy little girl. In the beginning of this year Violet was not able to speak any English and by the end of January she was still not enrolled in a school to start with Gr1.
We had the privilege together with Generaal Beyers Primary to make sure that she could start with Gr1. Today Violet is able to communicate in English and her self confidence has grown tremendously. Currently she is also attending aftercare, where she receives extra attention and love…
Sadly, Violet will need to repeat Gr 1. She struggled so much with her English the first 3 terms and there are many more children like Violet, that need to repeat Gr 1 because of a language barrier.
This motivates NEA to improve service delivery in ECD (Early Childhood Development) to make sure that the children are more school ready when they leave the centers. Their daily circumstances, parent involvement, nutrition and education are very different from more privileged areas. This makes us realize how privileged we were to never have worries about wether we will be able to attend school or if there will be school clothes for us to wear. Not to mention wether there will be food to eat before school and during the day at school.
This makes us so thankful for our parents involvement and love, encouraging us to reach our potential.
“Every child needs at least one adult in their life who cares”.
These kids that we encounter daily, their lives, smiles and them saying “teacher, teacher”… has made a lasting impressions of HOPE AND LOVE on our hearts. Thank you to each and everyone of them, our dream is that we and other people will be that ADULT who cares…