South Africa Dream Centre
South Africa Dream Centre Provides Kids With Educational Access, Mentoring
The vision of the Extreme Kids South Africa Scholarship Fund is to enable individuals, families, businesses, youth and small groups to partner with ER Africa by providing scholarships for established children who are learners at The Dream Centre or cared for at God’s Little Lighthouse (GLL). GLL primarily serves pre-school children, while the Dream Centre focuses on older kids. The children attending these programs are from high-poverty settlements near Cape Town, South Africa. Their families have few resources and most kids do not finish high school.
The ER Dream Centre serves alongside GLL to provide a safe early and primary learning environment for children at risk for falling behind academically. We want to help children learn to dream big dreams and reach their potential. Currently, kids fall behind as they leave GLL to attend a local public school. Now the Dream Centre will provide a safe after-school tutoring and homework help program to enable these kids to succeed academically. The Dream Centre also will partner with schools and parents to ensure the children remain on course with his or her academic studies and provide opportunities for them to develop their talents.
We've learned something while launching the South Africa Dream Centre: It takes incredible effort to change to course of a child's life. Sure, we knew tutoring, homework help and nutrition would be foundational to giving these kids a good chance of succeeding in their lives.
But we've seen that engaging them in activities is equally powerful for creating well-rounded, confident kids. Now we want to share how sisters Hannah and Emily Townsend are using running and music to help more kids thrive.
Many of these kids are from local squatter settlements where learning to play music or joining a running club would be considered a luxury activity. Some are from refugee families who are learning a new language and culture.