With this growth in mind, we’ve expanded our core staff to increase the support we offer to our projects. It’s always exciting to get new energy and new blood into the organisation, and in this case we are specifically excited by the involvement of Leana Claasen who was a previous facilitator at one of our projects since 2010! Leana brings a wealth of hands on experience, having worked on the ground for 7 years with the Anna Foundation programmes, and now being ‘behind the scenes’ and offering support and training to the women at the projects. We are excited to watch her develop in this role!
In terms of our growth, this is also the time we engage with new clients and potential clients (clients to us means wine farms, fruit farms, rural communities). We are actively looking to secure new projects for 2018 and call on you our supporters, to forward the message to any like-minded farmers and clients who would benefit from our work in terms of after schools and parent workshops.
Here’s to spring and all things beautiful
ANNA FOUNDATION IS GROWING
Our staff compliment is even stronger with dynamic new team members. As previously mentioned, we are delighted to welcome Leana Claasen, who has joined our head office after being a facilitator at one of our projects for many years. Leana's knowledge of each child and experience as a facilitator will benefit us greatly. We also have two young, sporty ladies. Joan Piek and Amy Abrahams are our new sports project coordinators, both with professional attitudes and fun personalities making our after schools sports programmes super healthy, energetic and fun for our children and facilitators!
Reading (Education): When what is learned is applied successfully we know we are on the right track. The facilitators have regular monthly workshops with Renee Lighton from Lighton Education. See below images of where the facilitators applied their newly learned teaching tips in their respective Anna Foundation after schools projects.
CAPE TOWN MARATHON 2017 - FUN RUN AND WATER STATION
For a build up event to this years Cape Town marathon, the Anna Foundation children ran a 4.2 km fun run. The facilitators and head office staff struggled to keep up with the enthusiastic kids, but fortunately our new Sports project Coordinators got us through the finish line in record time!
On the day of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, the Anna Foundation teenagers from Neethlingshof as well as several pupils from Somerset College volunteered to man a water station. We were delighted to have several runners run for the Anna Foundation and help us raise money on GivenGain and thrilled to see several celebrities and sports heroes run past us such as Francois Pienaar, Elena (van Zyl) Meyer, Juan Smit, Corne Krige and more. Thank you organisers for such a proud moment for Cape Town hosting the first IAAF Gold status road race in Africa.
MOUNTAIN BIKES AND COMMUTER BIKES FOR OUR CHILDREN!
The Anna Foundation children have received 10 brand new Silverback mountain bikes through Adrenalin Bikes starting at their Simonsig Winery afterschool programme made possible by the Cape Epic funding.
As part of Anna Foundation’s Sports programme riding has become more important, parallel to the growth of the biking world in the Boland. The Foundation is one of the beneficiaries of the Cape Epic and has also opened up bike tracks on their afterschool farms and provide as many kids as possible with mountain bikes for sport as well as commuter bicycles to transport to their schools and sporting programmes.
The Silverback Mountain Bikes were sourced by the riding legend Willie Engelbrecht and his company Adrenalin Bikes. Willie is also committed to getting kids riding. Pierre Olivier, COO of the Anna Foundation and partner cyclist of Willie Engelbrecht at the Cape Epic 2017, was delighted to receive the bikes at the Anna Foundation and looks forward to starting the programme with one of our participating wine farms Simonsig.
There were also smiles all round when the children of the Anna Foundation afterschool at Klawervlei Stud farm and Monteith Farm in Grabouw received 14 bicycles from Qhubeka who supplied 50 commuter bikes (locally manufactured) from funding from the Cape Epic! The children were ecstatic, happy children.
TEENAGER PROGRAM AND CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS
TEENAGE VOCATION SUCCESS
As a follow up from our previous newsletter - see here photos of Jerome Claasen having a dream of being a conservationist and achieving his goals - getting an internship at the ASHIA Cheater Outreach project in Paarl.
POSITIVE PARENT WORKSHOPS
Wendy Appelbaum, lead South African Philanthropist and owner of De Morgenzon, lauded the Anna Foundations Positive Parenting Workshops - impacting the future of farming communities in the Western Cape by saying: “We have seen a significant difference in our workforce in the last month, the Anna Foundation parent workshops have made a huge impact”,
An extension of the after-school programmes the Anna Foundation offers to rural children in the Western Cape, is to provide training and workshops to the parents of the children with the aim of having greater impact on the entire household of each child. These workshops skill parents and caregivers in methods to stimulate their children educationally in the home, using practical and fun ways of learning.
The most recent workshop with the farm worker employees of De Morgenzon, provided these parents (mostly fathers) with knowledge and practical skills which they were able to apply immediately within their households.
The Anna Foundation offers these workshops in partnership with Renee Lighton from LightOn Education, working in conjunction with the Anna Foundation’s 3 R’s Programme.