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A monthly update of the work of Masicorp in Masiphumelele
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July  2019

Dear <<First Name>>,

Here we are, halfway through our 20th Anniversary Year at Masicorp, and we have so much to share with you all…..

Your help with all of our education programs makes a huge difference to the community of Masi and is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your support.



Carol Hanks

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20 YEARS OF SERVING THE COMMUNITY OF MASIPHUMELELE
 
On the 12th of March this year we celebrated 20 years of Masicorp at a well attended and joyous event held at Ukhanyo Primary school. Staff and supporters joined old and new friends as we reminisced about all that has taken place over the past 20 years.
 
Today we look back on this beautiful journey of serving the people of Masiphumelele. We cannot help but feel lucky to have been part of an organization that empowers this community to be able to help themselves rise out of poverty through education. 
 
As with anything else in life the journey has not been easy or perfect, but watching the thousands of people we’ve helped over the years grow through the work we do has made it all worth it. 
 
This has been a journey of learning not just for the people of Masiphumelele but for every individual that has been involved with Masicorp whether as a beneficiary, a volunteer, a Donor, a supporter or as an employee. Everyone who has grown with us has helped the organization stand taller so that we can all make a greater impact on the community of Masiphumelele. 
 
Our bond with the community was forged through our respect for them and a mutual trust and willingness to work together to come up with solutions that would bring a long lasting change - bringing greater opportunities for Masiphumelele and enabling them to change their own circumstances through education and skills development. 
 
The ability to realistically reflect on what changes have had to be made within the organization to make it more sustainable also make it the success it is today. We’ve often let go of old programmes and started new ones that work better for the community. We have grown our teams with carefully chosen individuals who deeply care for the work we do. 
 
One thing that hasn’t changed over 20 years is the determination which we all collectively have to help the community of Masiphumelele and the hard work they all put in to make sure the help we give them empowers them stand on their own feet and seek better opportunities that they previously didn’t have. 
 
We would like to thank everyone who has been part of this journey and to ask that we never lose sight of our vision of providing the community of Masiphumelele with the resources which they need to have access to quality education, training, advice and support. 




BECOME A FRIEND OF MASICORP

The needs of the people in Masiphumelele are great - but no matter how much support we have from the team of volunteers and staff who deliver our projects and programmes, we cannot achieve meaningful results without financial donations. And, because we want to do more, we need your help to fund our work.

Become a Friend of Masicorp and commit to pledging a monthly gift. For as little as R150 / $10 / £10 per month (or a once off annual fee), know that you will be helping us to continue uplifting the community of Masiphumelele by providing education, training, advice and support at no cost to the many residents who benefit from our work each year.

Our Friends will always be welcome to visit. Come and see for yourself how the people of Masiphumelele appreciate what your contribution has done for them, and we will always keep you informed about the progress we are making with our work.

BECOME A FRIEND OF MASICORP BY PLEDGING YOUR SUPPORT NOW THOUGH OUR SAFE ONLINE DONATION PORTAL

 
PATHWAY CAREERS INDABA EVENT 

Masicorp has been providing a successful bursary programme which offers financial and mentoring support to the students from the township of Masiphumelele since 2009. Due to the recent changes in State funding within higher education in South Africa, we relaunched our bursary programme as Pathways earlier this year. This meant we could continue supporting the youth of Masiphumelele by exposing them to various work, career and study options available to them.
 
We kick started the programme with a Pathway Careers Indaba event which was held at Masiphumelele High school on the 16th and the 17th of May this year. About 500 students from grade 10 to grade 12 attended the event. The learners visited the different exhibition stands which had different companies and higher education institutions providing information about the opportunities they provided to the youth. 
 
We had some exciting exhibitors like TSIBA, University of Cape Town, False Bay College, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, The Raymond Ackerman Foundation, JobStarter, Youth Capital, Grades Match, SANParks, Shark Spotters and Fire & Rescue Services and various others. We also had young successful speakers and Masicorp bursary alumni who were sharing their inspiring stories with the learners.
 
Over the course of the year we aim to partner with various organizations and individuals to host a series of structured workshops for the grade 11s and 12s with the objective of providing academic, career and psycho-social support to matric learners specifically. In these workshops the learners will be taught different skills on job readiness to give them a better chance at being employable. 
 
We are hoping that this programme will have a long lasting impact in the lives of the Masiphumelele youth and will enable them to make informed decisions about opportunities and career choices so they can have a bright future. 

CHASMAY EDUCARE UPGRADE

The upgrade to the Chasmay Educare centre was finally completed earlier this year thanks to the Claremont Rotary Club who managed to raise enough funds that were needed to renovate the center. The Educare saw new installations being made that would certainly improve how the center looked and give the learners a great learning environment in which they can have fun. 
 
The children were most excited about the second hand AstroTurf that was installed that would put their days of playing in the sand in the past. They can now run around without a worry about getting sand into their eyes during this windy winter. The jungle bars and other playground equipment was painted with bright and fun colors which make the children feel very happy. 
 
New gates were also installed to make sure that the school was safe and secure for the children. The property was also painted, rain tanks were installed and the garden was decorated with water wise plants. There are plans to install a veggie garden at a later stage which the children will help look after.
 
We also appreciate the help of those who volunteered their resources and their time to make the renovations a success and we know that the teachers and the learners appreciate it too. 

END OF TERM UPDATES

 
 Chess Club 
A group of learners at Ukhanyo Primary enrolled into the school’s first chess club earlier this year not imagining the great opportunities they were going to be exposed to. They have since won 33 out of the 36 inter-school matches they’ve participated in around Cape Town. On the 8th of may they also attended the enrichED symposium at the CTICC. 
 
They took part in a Q&A with real life Ugandan chess hero Phiona Mutesi and her inspirational coach Robert Katende. This was after watching a Disney film called Queen of Katwe’ which depicts Phiona’s life. The learners and coaches have since been inspired and plan to go even further than they planned with their chess club. 
 
The English hub
The teachers at the English Hub saw their efforts pay off many times during the March to June school term. Children can often be heard outside singing the English songs they were taught in class, showing that these learners don’t forget what they are taught!
 
The school also recently held their first Spelling Bee, which took place at the English Hub. It was so difficult for the judges to eventually choose a winner because all the learners were so impressive. A winner had to be chosen and Owen Daweti came first while Livingstone Makhunga followed behind and came second. 
 
Our Ukhanyo learners are now taking a well deserved holiday but we trust that their third term will be even more of a success. 


 
SUPPORT MASICORP BY SWIPING YOUR MYVILLAGE/MYSCHOOL CARD
 
Please note that you can now support Masicorp by swiping your MySchool card each time you shop. Existing cardholders wishing to change their beneficiary can now Update details online . New cardholders can apply for a card by clicking HERE . 

There are over 1500 partner stores across South Africa where you can swipe your card. 

By choosing Masicorp as your beneficiary and swiping your card each time you shop (at no cost to you) - these funds will be go towards our various education programmes in Masiphumelele - every bit helps!!

 

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