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SPONSOR A CHILD

Being a sponsor is an amazing experience, you are able to follow a child grow up and develop.

We all want the best for our children, to give them an opportunity we ourselves may not have had. In South Africa, change in education, after the 1994 transformation, has not occurred as rapidly as many would have wished. Major efforts have been made, however progress on the quality of education has been slower than anticipated. Many historically impoverished communities remain deprived of access to quality education.

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Bright Start is an amazing organisation that not only offers children a better future through education, but also empowers and supports the parents.

Christala van Berg

Principal, Valley Pre-Primary

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How Can YOU Impact?

You can empower a family and a community through one child. Through our mentoring and training programme, we provide on-going support to a family and the wider community. It has a snowball effect.

You can choose to sponsor a child in pre-primary, primary or secondary school. You will receive regular updates, reports and other communication about and from the child. You can get to know the family and child through meetings. You choose the level of communication.

Bright Start is not a bursary programme, we provide ‘that little bit extra’. We do not only pay school fees, our objective is to ensure that children are well adjusted, confident and tolerant. We ensure parents are committed and participate in their child’s development. We provide life-skills through a number of services and activities. We break the poverty cycle.

Keston’s Story

keston-and-praiseMy name is Keston and I’m originally from Blatyre in Malawi, I come from a family of 8 children – 4 sisters and 4 brothers. I am the third eldest. My parents passed away when I was 16, so we all had to grow up quickly and take care of each other. It was a necessary lesson on how to survive. I was lucky, managed to finish school and start a marketing course.

My family is close and my two brothers came to Hout Bay, I followed them in 2006. It was a new place for me and I had to get used to how things worked. I found a job as a driver and maintenance man with my current employer, where I ‘ve been since I arrived. I would like to work with marketing in the future, selling products and working with customers. I like working with people!

I’m married to Enes, who is currently in Malawi taking care of her mother. We have 4 children, 2 girls who are at Silikamva High School, 1 boy, who is at Kronendal Primary `My name is Keston and I’m originally from Blatyre in Malawi, I come from a family of 8 children – 4 sisters and 4 brothers. I am the third eldest. My parents passed away when I was 16, so we all had to grow up quickly and take care of each other. It was a necessary lesson on how to survive. I was lucky, managed to finish school and start a marketing course.

My family is close and my two brothers came to Hout Bay, I followed them in 2006. It was a new place for me and I had to get used to how things worked. I found a job as a driver and maintenance man with my current employer, where I ‘ve been since I arrived. I would like to work with marketing in the future, selling products and working with customers. I like working with people!

I’m married to Enes, who is currently in Malawi taking care of her mother. We have 4 children, 2 girls who are at Silikamva High School, 1 boy, who is at Kronendal Primary School and another 14-month boy.

Education for me is key to everything. It gives you the opportunity to change your life. It is the most important thing for all my children and I want them to do well at school to be able to take charge of their lives.

It is also important that my children understand where they are from and to understand their own culture. We are South Africans now, but I also want my children to know Malawi and to learn Chichewa, my mother tongue!

Elizabeth Jacobs’ Story

I am a 48 year old mother who has worked hard the last 13 years to bring up my son, Diego in the best way possible. I’m originally from Retreat, I grew up in a family with two brothers, my mum and stepdad! I went to school and high-school in Retreat and I always wanted to be a child-psychologist because of the things I had seen around me growing up. I met my husband, Anthony, 28 years ago on a soccer field. He was the best soccer player around, he was always player of the match. We married and moved to Hout Bay and have been together for 24 years. We have one child, Diego. He will be 13 years old in June. My husband, Anthony and I thought we would not be able to have children. We tried everything, it took 11 years but we were blessed. Diego is now in Grade 7, and has been accepted into Wynberg Boys school. My dream is the best for Diego. Bright Start has helped me to give him the opportunities we would not otherwise have. For his early years, we struggled…neither of us had a job…we didn’t have enough food or clothes….it was tough! We struggled with Anthony a lot! Our dream is to have our own house…..it is a family dream! One day…

I am so grateful to have Diego in my life. To be able to guide my son and be with him through his life. He is the best part of my life. The hardest thing is to let him go.