Case Study: Real impact after 12 years of investing in children…

Kgotlelelo, 1st year UJ student

Children of the Dawn started operating in September 2002, their first beneficiaries were 8 or 9 years old. Fast forward 12 years and these then-children are now young adults forging their way in life, having found confidence and balance through Children of the Dawn’s programmes. Working in communities marred by schooling failures and unemployment, Children of the Dawn is paving a path of hope and success!

Children whose lives have been transformed for the better! 

Bongane is in 2nd year of a Diploma in Electrical Engineering and passed his mid-year exams, including Maths with Distinction. Kgotlelelo, studying tourism at the University of Johannesburg, recently had the opportunity to spend a day at the Club Med offices in Johannesburg. For Morongoa in final year of her office administration certificate, she is about to embark on a 3-week internship at the Lewis Store in Mokopane. As for Molefi, he has been invited to attend a guidance week with the other students of the Cyril Ramaphosa Educational Trust. Portia did not manage to get further than N4-level in her civil engineering course, but is now looking for a learnership and of course Children of the Dawn is helping her. Sonto and Bright chose not to study but have found employment!

These children, all from rural areas around South Africa all have had these opportunities that they would never have been afforded thanks to Children of the Dawn.

The secret to success lies in holistic programmes!

At first the children receive basic support: distribution of monthly food and toiletry parcels, daily cooked meals, distribution of fortified nutrition; and then they build their confidence, self esteem and expose them to leisure and educational activities at their 25 care centers around South Africa.

Some of the activities include:

  • Celebrating children’s birthdays through giving parties and presents
  • Drawing Time for children aged up to 13, with themes like: “The Most Important Building in My Community.”
  • My Future, My Responsibility programme for the teenagers
  • Loving to Write programmes
  • Physical activities like: Rope skipping, Front ball and street soccer offering training and competitions and 
  • Hiking in beautiful areas

All these activities and programmes work towards inspiring, challenging and motivating these young children to succeed in their lives, and as seen its working!

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