June/July 2019 Newsletter


Children Of The Dawn

Community care of rural orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa

June/July 2019 Newsletter


 Dear Sponsors, Donors and Friends,


June and July were incredible months for global sporting achievements by Children of the Dawn beneficiaries. Each teen that travelled overseas undertook a journey of discovery and perseverance that did not start on the day of departure. Administrative and physical preparations took months, and the Mt Kenya teens saw their trip postponed earlier in the year. They have experienced extraordinary moments, crucial in the building of their personalities and paths in life. We are proud to be able to give such unique perspectives to some of our teens, and hope for their fellow teens cheering for them at home!


 Sport for Good – Can I Climb a Mountain?

Four of our beneficiaries, accompanied by Petrus, our Co-ordinator in Ermelo set off to conquer #Mt Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa. And conquer the mountain, they did! As part of a larger group of 17 people, Paballo (T1327/C), Leago (STE0607), Philisiwe (L0910), Matseleng (Q0934) and Petrus, summitted Point Lenana on the morning of 9 July 2019. Scaling the 4985m mountain was a dream come true for the group, and the culmination of 2 years worth of effort and training.

Huge thanks go to Lycée Francais Jules Verne and Décathlon for their material support that helped get the team to the top!

Karabo (NR Qwaqwa) aged 18 and Thembelihle (R1203/C) aged 16 visited Biarritz, France to take part in the annual Frontball Academy Games. They spent an amazing week playing Frontball, improving their Frontball skills and meeting players from all over the world. Karabo made it the semi-finals and Thembelihle made it to the finals. Congratulations to both teens for doing incredibly well! Thank you to all partners, in particular Air France KLM for making this crazy dream come true!

During the last 2 weeks of June, our partners from Amabutho Jumpers visited 7 of our communities to provide coaching on rope skipping. 24 caregivers and teenagers on our programme who are over the age of 17 received training for Entry Level Rope-Skipping. This is part of the programme funded by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Approximately 340 children participated in clinics aimed to teaching new skills to our jumpers.


It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s
the will to prepare that matters.

- Paul “Bear” Bryant


Highlights from June and July 2019

15 new children were added to the programme

23 beneficiaries were removed from the programme, including 3 beneficiaries who completed their studies.

1 child was moved to the Sunrise Child group, i.e. not needing material support anymore.

Thank you to young South African audiologist Lené and her colleague who are screening Ermelo children for hearing difficulties. Children needing more specialised care are referred to the local hospital for intervention.

We have started planning for Medical Checks for Children, a programme led by a Dutch NGO, which will take place in October 2019. This is a massive task, in which we hope to screen between 1 000 to 1 400 vulnerable children aged 0 to 12 years old in 3 areas of Matatiele, in a five-day period.


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