WHAT WE DO
EDUCATION - Early Childhood Development & Literacy
We support kindergartens and keeping children in school because it has been shown that cognitive stimulation at an early age ensure that children are better prepared for school. Emotional, social and physical development of young children have a direct effect on their overall development and on the adults they will become.
We believe that Investing in young children is of paramount importance so as to maximize their future well-being. A Reaching Hand provides financial and operational support to kindergartens in communities that are severely poverty-stricken so that the caregivers can devote their time to stimulating and cognitive childhood development.
Thus far, over 200 children being cared for and 15 caregivers (receiving stipends) have benefitted directly from our support.
The children at our educare centre singing educational songs and showing their acting and dancing skills.
EDUCATION - Improving literacy
In support of children's literacy A Reaching Hand launched a children's literacy project in 2013 based on the book "How to Be a Super Bear"! Our objective is to incite a culture of reading, get parents excited about reading to their children and vice versa. We chose this book because it aims to boost self-esteem and self-image, and reinforce family values so that each individual can lead fulfilled lives by striving to reach their full potential.
1: Life is magical and anything is possible
2: You really can learn to do anything you want to do
3: When you are grown up, you can be anything you want to be
4: There is no such thing as failure
5: Why it is important who you spend the most time playing with
6: Why you should be very kind to other people
7: How to enjoy every single day
We have therefore translated this amazing English book into two South African languages, namely Afrikaans and isiXhosa, as well as Africanising it to be more culturally relevant. Since 2013, when we launched the project with the isiXhosa version, we have distributed more than 1500 educational package which includes a story book, a colouring book, a box of crayons and a teddy bear, to the communities of Smutsville in the Southern Cape, and Delft, Khayelitsha and the Red Cross Children's Hospital in the Western Cape.
In February 2017, we LAUNCHED THE AFRIKAANS TRANSLATED VERSION at the Delft South Primary School, and donated 450 education packages to the Grades 1 and 2.
Teddy Bear Campaign
Grandpa Super Bear needs your help!
After distributing almost 2000 educational packages we are running out of teddy bears. So Grandpa Super Bear needs you to help him work some magic and turn 1 teddy bear into 1000 using a magic wand.
Press the DONATE button below and see if your magic wand works.
Pssst! The secret word is "ABRACADABRA"!
EDUCATION - Creative Art
We support creative art because art supports the physical, social, cognitive, emotional, imagination and experiential development of a child.
A Reaching Hand runs creative art therapy classes for over 60 children on a Saturday morning, followed by a nutritious meal and treats - feeding body, mind and soul!
Here we also have children proudly showcasing their artwork at an exhibition organised by ourselves and our partners in art, the Tygerberg Art Centre and the University of South Africa held at the university's Cape Town campus.
"Life is painful. It has thorns, like the stem of a rose. Culture and art are the roses that bloom on the stem. The flower is yourself, your humanity. Art is the liberation of the humanity inside yourself." - Daisaku Ikea
EDUCATION - Basic and Tertiary
We support child and adult education because it is a fundamental right. The United Nations state "Education is not only a right but a passport to human development. It opens doors and expands opportunities and freedoms. It contributes to fostering peace, democracy and economic growth as well as improving health and reducing poverty. The ultimate aim of Education for All is sustainable development."
A Reaching Hand currently directly supports the education of 21 children, youth and adults. 4 are in primary school, 6 in high school, 2 have completed National Diplomas and 6 are at University. 2 university students have already graduated, one in Higher Education and the other in Horticulture (here are some pictures of happy sponsored youth then and now, with Sinazo busy with her practical year in Horticulture and Asanda teaching at a Primary School)!
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela