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SOS Africa, Tereo
01 Jan 2016
SOS Africa's Tereo Child Sponsorship scheme was established in early 2016 to fund the education and care of underprivileged children from the Helderberg Basin. The education programme began by supporting the education and care of 6 children from the Lwandle and Nomzamo Townships and hopes to expand to support many more children from this region over the next few years.
Lwandle and Nomzamo are township dwellings based in the Helderberg Basin. The settlements were originally established during the Apartheid era to accommodate single male workers, but have since expanded into family homes at a rapid rate. The population of the Nomzamo Township alone stands at over 60,000.
Due to its high population density and reliance upon seasonal work, many of the Nomzamo households are heavily reliant upon social welfare with no other sources of sustainable income available. Education is also problematic; there are only a limited number of places available in mainstream schooling for children living in this region. Furthermore, many of these children are surrounded by poverty, gang violence and abuse in their every day lives.
SOS Africa Western Cape Education Programme
SOS Africa Western Cape recently partnered up with the Tereo Mission School, which was established in 1999 as a school for street children and children at risk in the Helderberg Basin. Tereo is the only school of its kind in this area and they take care of children who are not able to get into in mainstream school for numerous reasons. The school offers children at risk an opportunity to learn in a place of safety. They not only provide education but daily meals, clothing and much needed emotional support. One of Tereo’s key goals is to prepare the children for main stream schooling and aims to get them back into the educational system.
SOS Africa is excited to support growing numbers of Tereo children through our sponsorship programme and Aftercare Centre. This will ensure that these children will not only benefit from our support during their attendance at Tereo but this crucial support can continue when they join mainstream schooling in Grade 4.
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