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Early Literacy Volunteers Needed

20160728-word-works-addington-6-of-32Over the past four years CAST has partnered with an NPO called Wordworks to implement their foundation phase programme called the Early Literacy Programme (ELP).

The ELP is an intervention programme for underprivileged children in the foundation phase (Grade R through 2).  The Literacy Programme provides support for children who are lacking in early language and literacy skills.  Currently CAST is running the programme at Addington Primary School in the South Beach area to help Grade 1 learners develop their reading and writing skills.

Tutors/Volunteers are needed to work with pairs of children for a couple of hours each week. We currently run the programme every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-11:30am. No previous experience is needed, just a love of children and a bit of patience! CAST will provide you with initial training and ongoing support and advice.

If you would like to get involved, contact Joseph at 031 267 1716 or joseph@cast.org.za. Contact us and you can even visit on a Tuesday/Thursday to see us in action.

Join the movement beyond charity and help us make a difference in the lives of young children!

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Hands Up for Christmas In Action

 

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For CAST, December has been all about celebrating children and the gift of Christmas.  Thanks to all the generous donations we received, CAST was able to give a toy to every child on our food parcel programme.  This may be the only Christmas gift some of the children receive, so thank you for making a difference!

In both Chibini and KwaDabeka, CAST partnered with the local church to host a Christmas party and lunch for the children.  This was not only to give out the toys, but also to award the children’s academic achievement and participation in CAST’s programmes.  We believe it is important to celebrate children by communicating that they are valued and loved by God.  This may be the only opportunity they have to hear the Gospel and understand their worth in Christ.

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The Toy Drive may be over, but Hands Up for Christmas is not!  CAST is a little over halfway to our goal of sponsoring 1000 food parcels for 2017.  If you are still looking for a last minute Christmas gift and don’t want to deal the madness of Christmas shopping, CAST’s Christmas snowflake decoration is the answer.  For R200 ($14) you can sponsor a food parcel in someone’s name and receive a snowflake Christmas tree decoration.  This will remind them of the family they blessed this Christmas season.

You can give directly online here:

https://www.givengain.com/cause/4933/campaigns/17462/

For more information contact Laura Mbugua-Mwaura at: laura@cast.org.za

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Imanamalo

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IMG_8689.JPGBefore Baba Khumalo retired, he used to come home from work everyday and notice all the children in his community.  He wished that the kids had somewhere to stay where they could be nurtured and cared for, and where they could experience the love of Jesus.  But he wasn’t sure how.

Over the years, the Khumalos opened up their church, their home and their hearts to the children in Chibini.  In the past three years, the Khumalos have nearly doubled the size of their Sunday School, currently reaching 85 children in the community each week.IMG_8667.JPGHowever, Baba Khumalo was not content with only reaching children on Sundays.  Earlier in the year, Joseph Bode (CAST’s Education & Children’s Dev. HOD) and Zippy Benn, a CAST volunteer, suggested that the Khumalos start a creche out of the church where children could come everyday.

Bongani Mkhize, CAST’s Noodsberg Area Co-ordinator, connected the Khumalos with a local school principal who welcomed them into the local creche association.  By joining the association, the Khumalos were able to access training for their volunteers and ECD materials for the creche.

On 18 July 2016, Baba Khumalo’s wish finally came true – the Imanamalo creche was launched, with 27 children attending, from ages 0-4.

However, operating Imanamalo has not been without challenges.  Firstly, the church is a rondavel building, so it is very cramped for the children, and the roof leaks when it rains.  Also, the Khumalos have to take down all the ECD materials off the walls before Sunday because of church, then put it all back up again, and make sure the chairs for the church service are removed before creche starts on Monday.img_8560

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IMG_8551.JPGBaba Khumalo’s next wish is to build a separate building for the creche, so that the children have space to play and learn.  CAST is supporting this venture, and you can too by donating a few practical items:

  • Mattresses
  • Blankets
  • A big carpet for the children to sit on
  • Rice
  • Tinned foods (i.e. beans, Lucky Star)
  • Mealie Meal
  • Jungle Oats

Over the years, God has always faithfully provided for the Khumalos to reach children in their community. Please be in prayer as CAST partners with the Khumalos to impact more children with the love of Christ. If you are interested in getting involved or donating towards Imanamalo , contact Joseph Bode at: joseph@cast.org.za or 031 267 1716

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Holiday Club Season 2016

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This year CAST took our annual holiday club season to a whole other level by partnering with local churches to host clubs in five of our communities.  A total of 1100 children were reached with the Gospel.  The adventure started off in the rural communities where kids came to learn more about Jesus at Noodsberg Baptist Church.  Then, the attention turned to Durban central, where CAST continued our long standing partnership with Addington Primary School to host a holiday club for learners.  Volunteers from both Westville Baptist Church and local partner churches were key to the success of the programme.

This week CAST made a new record of hosting three simultaneous holiday clubs in KwaDabeka, Lamontville and Mariannridge!  CAST was only able to accomplish this through the hard work of volunteers from Lake Pointe Church (Texas, USA), KwaDabeka Baptist Church, Lamontville Baptist Church and Joy Chapel Ministries (Mariannridge).

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Below are the stories of two high school students from Lake Pointe Church who gave of their holidays to volunteer with the clubs at Lamontville and Mariannridge:

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Paige, a volunteer from Lake Pointe Church

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Kylea (on right) with a local volunteer

Paige and Kylea came to South Africa for the first time last year.  They served at the holiday club in KwaDabeka, and fell in love with the culture and people.  Despite the language barrier and challenges of running a holiday club in a different setting, Paige and Kylea felt the Lord calling them to return to South Africa this year.

As Paige explains about serving, “You have to prepare your heart and be open to learning new things.  You also have to be open to the flow; things don’t always go the way you planned.”

Kylea also shared, “Even coming to the other side of the world, the same God is Lord everywhere.  You have to get out of your comfort zone.  I’ve learned how to be a better leader.”

CAST’s partnership with Lake Pointe Church is also vital for community volunteer training.  Instead of just implementing holiday clubs once-off, Lake Pointe has the long-term goal to empower church volunteers to serve their own communities.

Last year Lake Pointe provided volunteer leader training for local community members in KwaDabeka.  This year KwaDabeka Baptist Church was able to implement their own holiday club with entirely local community volunteers.

CAST would like to thank all our partners, volunteers and donors who made this holiday club season such a huge success!

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Photo Credit: John Benn Photography

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Fill ’em up!

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This last Sunday marked the launch of CAST’s Annual Lovebox Drive!

Our goal this year is to give out just over 600 presents in 7 local communities. If you are interested in giving a child a Christmas gift, you can contact Amy Benn to receive a child’s name and a box to fill.

Here are some gift suggestions:

  • Clothing & Underwear
  • A ‘wow’ toy – e.g. soccer ball with pump, stuffed animal, doll, musical instrument
  • Smaller toys – e.g. yo-yos, toy cars, jump ropes, bouncy balls
  • School Supplies – e.g. kokis, pencils, colouring books, rulers, crayons, solar calculators, pens
  • Toiletries – e.g. deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sponge
  • Sweets – e.g. jelly sweets, fizzers, boiled sweets, sherbet
  • A note – write a note or card to the child to let them know they’re loved

Please keep in mind:

  • Your present needs to fit completely INSIDE the shoebox.
  • Don’t include sweets that can melt or expire soon.

The boxes will stay with those who pack them until they can bring them back to church (either at the CAST tree on a Sunday or at Westville Baptist Church reception on a week day) from 1st October.  Please do not bring boxes to the church before October. 

The deadline to return boxes is 17th October.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join the movement and give the children in our communities the chance to receive a Christmas present and hear all about how Jesus loves them!  Bring back those packed boxes anytime between 1-17 October.

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Children’s Ministry in Chibini

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Chibini Baptist Church is one of CAST’s thriving rural partner churches. Since last year’s CAST holiday club in Chibini, Baba and Mama Khumalo have been overwhelmed by the growth of children coming to their Sunday School.

Several additions to their ministry have also increased the amount of children attending church.  First, the Khumalos received a bakkie, with which they are now able to transport more children from surrounding communities.

Second, the Khumalos organised a soccer pitch right above the playground that was donated last year during holiday club.  In addition, Baba Khumalo set up netball poles for the girls to play.

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These new sports opportunities have brought more children into the church to hear the Word of God.  Baba and Mama Khumalo have even started occasional “Sports Sundays”, where they share a short Bible message with the children, then invite them to play in a safe environment.

Please be in prayer for the Khumalos as they introduce more and more children to the love of Jesus.  In a community where many parents are absent due to work opportunities elsewhere, the Khumalos play a vital role in the lives of so many children.  Thanks be to God for providing for this CAST community!

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Addington Camp 2015

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This year 57 children had the opportunity to attend Addington Camp, thanks to the generosity of all those who gave towards this event!

Upon arriving at camp, the kids were split into teams and had the chance to meet their leaders and see their cabins.

During the weekend, the campers enjoyed delicious meals prepared by Westville Baptist’s very own Nathalie Crawford and Janet Hughes!

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While there were countless fun games and activities including swimming at the beach, volleyball, soccer and other group games, but what stood out for most of the campers was the obstacle course on Saturday.  The kids were truly challenged to face their fears and work together as a group to complete the daunting course, which even included climbing a wall and crawling through mud!

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During group time, the kids learned all about what it means to be a leader, especially as a young person.  Most of the small group discussions centred around 1 Timothy 4:12, looking to the life of Timothy as an example of how to be a leader, no matter how old you are.

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On Sunday, the kids were given an opportunity to accept Christ as their Saviour.  When asked to stand if they wanted to follow Jesus, every child in the room stood!  It was an incredible experience to chat with the kids in small groups following the message, as they had important questions about what it means to be a Christian.

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Similar to in years past, the children asked the leaders if Addington Camp could be turned into a boarding school because they loved the experience so much! If you are looking to pray for the children who attended Addington Camp, here are some things you can pray for:

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1) The courage to continue to follow Jesus at home and school.

2) To step up as a leader at school – to model Jesus in what they say and do.

3) Strength and wisdom in dealing with tough family situations.

4) For positive friends and role models, who can encourage them to do the right thing.

Thank you to Joseph Bode, who did an amazing job organising camp this year!  He will be following up with the kids who attended camp, to make sure they have a positive support system to succeed.

During the school year, CAST runs a literacy programme, creative arts programme, and counselling centre at Addington Primary School.  If you’d like to get involved in a more long-term capacity with what CAST does in Addington, please contact Murry at murry@cast.org.za to find out more.

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