Two meals, fruit and milk
The Stichting Projecten Zuid-Afrika - South Africa Foundation supports holiday schools organised by local schools and organisations in townships. We also support holiday schools for farm children. Many farmworkers and their families still live in abject poverty and have to face harsh circumstances every day. Our goals are:
At holiday school children get breakfast, a meal at lunchtime, fruit and milk.
Thousands of children
Since the first holiday school project in 1998 many thousands of children and youngsters have enjoyed a wonderful holiday.
‘Becoming a volunteer changed a lot in my life. I now have things to do. I don’t do bad things. I live in a township, if you know what I mean. So at least I don’t go out there stealing or whatever I’m doing. Now I have become a role model. So the kids, when I come around, they call me teacher. I know, even if I’m not a qualified teacher, it still really feels nice, that there are some kids who pay attention to me’. 20 year old Holiday school volunteer. For more comments read Township Youth about Volunteering.
Holiday schools model
Holiday schools are based on a model that was developed together with a team of South African youngsters from Zwelihle township in Hermanus. Main principles of the model are:
A free booklet 'The SAF Holiday Schools Model: a manual for schools and organisations' - can be downloaded from our website. A presentation 'How to organise a holiday school' is also available.
Alcoholism, HIV and AIDS
‘… the young people including volunteers value the programme. It is also very clear that they need such an intervention desperately due to the socio–economic factors in the community. … the young people view the programme as an opportunity to acquire skills that can support them in escaping alcoholism, crime, abuse, HIV and AIDS and in making informed choices in life. Words cannot express the joy and transformation that young people went through …' Spokesperson Department of Education of the Western Cape
Facts and figures
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