Kolping Johannesburg is looking for sponsors to assist with the funding of its foundational level mathematics programme, Maths Genius, in Meadowlands, Soweto for the year 2020
This mathematics coaching programme for early school-goers (foundational phases – grades 4 and 5) is a collaboration between Kolping Society, Johannesburg and Ashton Kotts Maths Genius.
Kolping Society is an international not-for-profit organization with more than 400,000 members across more than 60 countries. We help people to help themselves.
Maths Genius is the brainchild of Ashton Kotts, an experienced mathematics teacher and coach with a passion to help South African youth to get to love maths.
Our very first programme (2019, Meadowlands, Soweto) positively impacted all our learners, and 89% experienced a significant increase in their mathematics performance based on mid-year and end-year school examinations.We would like to continue doing this, and as a result, are seeking the assistance of sponsors to keep the programme going.
Please download the Proposal Brochure HERE for full details of the programme and of how you could become involved in this worthwhile project.
Alma Pretorius, an inspirational, creative volunteer, took time out to teach the Kolping members from St Joseph's Parish, Meadowlands, how to make their own jewellery, grape and pineapple jam, pickled veggies and peanut butter. This will enable them to take advantage of the opportunity and start their own little businesses.
We said a sad farewell to Lisa Essing who spent the past six months as an intern here at Kolping. Seen here with her some of her fellow mates from the last WOP group.
Kolping JHB family has managed to secure funding for 6 months to offer Maths lessons to the Grade 4/5 pupils in and around St Joseph’s Parish and St Michaels Parish, Meadowlands. Every Saturday morning from 9 to 12, 24 learners enjoy new inspirational, fun ways of learning their times' table, and eventually division sums. They get a hearty lunch prepared by Kolping members and voluntary members from St Joseph.
We are looking for companies and/ or individuals to help further sponsor this programme so that we can complete the training throughout the whole year.
Please contact Kolping JHB offices if you would like to participate in this very worthy project.
What is a refuge? In a simple description a refuge is a safe place, a shelter from danger or hardship
Through the pain inflicted by this world, Kolping became my safe haven, it became my refuge, my source of happiness- it became the personification of bliss.
On the 5th Feb, we came here with different burdens, trials and tribulations but we all had our sight on two things – happiness and change.
Time became not only a mere name, a measurement or a period, it became a garden that needs love, undivided attention and daily work for it to grow and feed those in need.
During my time here, I saw a rose grow through the cracks of concrete, I saw a phoenix rise from the ashes but most importantly I saw a person smile.
Thuli, Malebo, Thando, Khulekani, Azola, Le Portia, Ntombi, Wanda, Portia, Dineo, Bafana, Gift, Shannon, Thabo, Tsholo, Boitumelo, Hope, Aunty B, Aunty U, Koketso and Given – no words could describe how much I am grateful for your presence.
The least I can do is use 2 words created by man to describe gratitude – Thank you!
Thank you for everything. I smile today because you are there. I stand today because you are the pillars that give me balance and direction when the world came crashing down on me and
I kneel to thank the Lord for all that you have been to me
Kolping you are my family.
When I looked in the mirror,
I didn’t see much,
I saw a girl full of flaws, a girl that always sat at the back of the bus, hidden behind her long black hair.
A coloured girl too dark to be loved and too light to be successful.
A girl that lived in a “You have to know someone” kind of world.
A girl whose eyes tried to hide her soul and all her smile could do was help.
She hid a lot!
A girl who never saw colour but colour always saw her.
When I look in the mirror, I see her and her flaws, her tiger stripes and scars.
Her flaws are to be worshipped and her scars worn like flags,
She made it!
Look into her eyes and see her bruised soul,
She made it!
She is and will never be too dark or light, she is not perfect but she is enough!
She made it!
She lives in a colourless world and when you see her tears flow like rivers from an unknown source, just know it does not come from sadness, it is because……
She made it!
She is Shiny Sherry.
By Zain Lewis.