Grabouw Education Programme
SOS Africa's Grabouw Education Programme was established in September 2013 in partnership with Grabouw Primary and High Schools to fund the education and care of disadvantaged children from the Pineview township community.
SOS Africa Grabouw was the charity's first education project in the Western Cape and thanks to the invaluable support of sponsors around the world, it grew to empower the lives of 18 scholarship scheme children and provides learning support to many children with specific learning difficulties.
Pineview and Snake Park Background
The children sponsored by SOS Africa's Grabouw Education Programme live either in Pineview and Snake Park Townships. There are an estimated 60,000 people living in these communities and work is usually seasonal as most employment is found on the surrounding fruit farms. A significant challenge in the area is the high seasonality and the resultant poverty-related issues that this presents. During the fruit picking season, there is a shortage of labour but for the remaining 8 months of the year, unemployment is stated as being 60-70%. The impact of this financial hardship on the community is significant.
The issues stemming from this seasonal employment severely impacts upon the mental and physical health of these communities; where the off-season results in an increase in domestic and community violence as well as child abuse and other such issues, during “the season” children generally return to empty homes without any parental support and are at their most vulnerable.
SOS Africa Grabouw Education Programme
In January 2014 SOS Africa teamed up with an organisation called ‘Agape’ which had established a number of pre-primary nurseries throughout the Pineview Community focusing on preparing children for school. With the help of Agape, SOS Africa identified a number of children from disadvantaged families who had the potential to thrive academically with the correct support and resources.
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