Together with our academic partners, independent assessors and corporate social investors, we collect quantitative and qualitative data to measure the long-term impact of our programmes on the communities where we work.
1. FIGHTING CHILDHOOD MALNUTRITION IN MUNSIEVILLE
Malnutrition is a significant public health challenge in South Africa, particularly among young children. Lack of a nutritious diet affects a child’s mental and physical well-being, and their educational achievements and future as a healthy, productive adult are threatened. South Africa produces more food than it needs, yet hunger is a stark reality for children in South African townships. Tackling to this challenge is crucial if we want this generation to have a healthy childhood, finish school and fulfill their potential. Find out how our food gardens programme is helping to provide healthy, fresh food for hungry children in the Munsieville township and how you can support our work at https://bit.ly/2pexnC3
2. STORIES OF HOPE
In December 2017, we published twelve STORIES OF HOPE on The Thoughtful Path Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thethoughtfulpath), each reflecting aspects of the work of The Thoughtful Path charity in Munsieville, South Africa.
The stories show the impact our combined efforts have had on thousands of lives of the people who struggle for survival and for a brighter tomorrow in South Africa’s oldest, undeveloped township.
The Thoughtful Path is a tiny organisation, but by empowering the communities where we work we can maximise our impact. The stories here give just a glimpse of what we are able to achieve when we work with you for a better world.
Passing on the education baton
According to the South African Early Childhood Review 2017, at least 15 hours high quality pre-school education per week is needed before a child turns four to build the foundations for acquiring adequate reading and writing skills. This is particularly true for children from poor communities. When Anette von Block, Project HOPE UK COO, visited Ragile’s ECD centre in Munsieville she found it had been transformed from a windowless shack into a bright, colourful stimulating space with over 30 active children.
Free from worry for the first time in my life
Dumisile*, 16, has lived in Munsieville all her life. Her father died when she was five and her mother has
been ill for at least four years. Like all teenagers in the township, she is aware of the devastation caused
Real stories. Real lives. Real change - read more here.
3. IMPACT OF THE BOTSHABELO CHILD CRISIS LINE
The Botshabelo Child Crisis Line is believed to be South Africa’s first ever 24/7 emergency call service for children at risk that is run by a community for its own children. The toll-free line is operated from The Children's Embassy by well-trained first responders who live in Munsieville and have a detailed knowledge of the community as well as the professional services that are available locally to help children through what can be a most distressing experience. The Botshabelo line regularly receives calls reporting alleged rape, violence and kidnap as well as serious neglect.
This story shows the difference that the Botshabelo Child Crisis Line makes to the lives of children at risk.
The Botshabelo Child crisis line has had a major impact on children in Munsieville ever since its launch. It is not only used by children but also by adults who can report cases of child abuse confidentially, over the phone, in person to the Child Rights and Protection Hub or even on the streets of Munsieville where our staff and volunteers of the Thoughtful Path (TPM) are well known.
'Tshenolo' was too afraid to open the door and would not speak to anyone, so a neighbour alerted the TPM team who involved the police, social workers and the Child Protection Unit. After many meetings and consultations between social workers and the family, the mentor of the After School Care Hub enrolled Tshenolo at school in January 2015. He is already one of the best pupils and also a star on the cricket pitch!
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4. BARRIERS TO EDUCATION SMASHED - NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
The ‘No Child Left Behind’ (NCLB) project is now operating in its third year in Munsieville. NCLB
runs pre-school classes for children from immigrant families who have no access to support services in South Africa. The teachers work with the children to help their development and prepare them for school. They also assist the parents with all the documents needed for school enrolment.
“I have been worried sick that my son had no future. I tried so hard to get a place in school for him but was always blocked. But now, with the support of The Thoughtful Path team, we have got the right documents and a primary school place, and he’s had the best possible preparation for school through the No Child Left Behind classes”, says one young mother, an immigrant from Mozambique. This year, 15 children aged six and seven have graduated from the project, with guaranteed school places.
In 2016, the project exceeded the numbers of children registered in previous years following the opening of the new Fhulofhelo Children's Resource centre at Hope Park. The new bright and colourful environment attracts children and their parents alike, so that year the group for the programme had 25 children aged from 4 to 8.