Each year our children involved in the Path Out of Poverty(POP) programme wait in high expectation for a steady stream of young visitors from overseas to arrive. It starts in March/April and then in June, July and August there is a burst of activity and then again in October. This year twenty one schools came to Goedgedacht Farm, from all over the world, but mainly from the U.K.
Our children adore these visits. It’s a win-win situation and the interaction between these schools and our children is truly amazing. The level of fun and the laughter is difficult to exaggerate and many have commented on how high the emotions run when the time to say “Good-By” arrives, the tears flow and the hugs are sincere.
Our grateful thanks to all these schools for making your visits such memorable ones in the lives of our children.
We’re sure you’re often asked to help children living in poverty, in many different ways.
But we’re sure that none will be as complete, or as rewarding for you, as taking a child’s hand in yours – and leading them on the Path Out of Poverty (POP).
Now in its 23rd year, our Path Out of Poverty in Southern Africa isn’t a ‘temporary fix’, but a totally life-changing programme, starting before birth and continuing to young adulthood.
POP Centres are in rural areas where farm workers have been trapped in hopeless poverty for generations.
It might be too late for the adults, but we can assure you that your donation will give a child the real chance of a better life.
This is how POP gets to work . . .
Educate Pregnant MothersOur programme starts before the child is even born, by educating and supporting the mothers. The delivery of a healthy baby is the first step on the Path Out of Poverty.
First 1000 DaysStep two is the vital first 1 000 days of life when proper nutrition will develop 90% of a child’s brain.
Early EducationStep three comes with early education – essential to the success of formal schooling. This is when you can take the hand of a three-year-old as they attend a POP Pre-school.
Primary SchoolOnce children enter primary school, our POP Centres become their ‘second home’. At this stage, you’d be helping to provide safe after-school and holiday care, help with homework, problem solving, and building on the four pillars of life: health, education, personal and social development, and care of the planet.
High SchoolThen come the dangerous teenage years at high school, filled with peer pressure, and many bad influences. This is when your donation will allow POP’s ‘Teen Action’ programme to grow self-confidence, teach good decision making, and keep young people busy with sport and other healthy activities.
Leadership CollegeStill, you might want to continue your support of our Leadership College. Because by now you’ll have grown a young adult’s potential to study further, or become a community entrepreneur.