Educational Support

 

For DISADVANTAGED YOUTHS

The Homework Enrichment Lifeskills Programme (HELP) was created to provide extra support for children outside the classroom. Many come from homes where the space or time to do homework is limited or where learning is not encouraged. HELP explores different ways to enhance the children’s education and to enjoy the process by increasing their literacy and numeracy abilities.

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About HELP

The Homework Enrichment Lifeskills Programme was created to provide extra support for children outside the classroom. Many come from homes where the space or time to do homework is limited or where learning is not encouraged. HELP explores different ways to enhance the children’s education and to enjoy the process by increasing their literacy and numeracy abilities.

Our Children

The children come from a diverse cultural background and they all have a history which is hard for us to understand and comprehend. Besides their very difficult living conditions and family lives, these children are survivors against all odds.

What We Do

We run after-school programmes and learners’ clubs in two primary schools viz Heathfield Primary School and Thomas Wildschutt Senior Primary in disadvantaged areas in the Western Cape.

Daily Programme

A homework programme four afternoons a week for disadvantaged children, helping them to understand and expand their knowledge in both reading and numeracy.

Amazing Team

From our dedicated key staff members to our wonderful volunteers whom without them, due to COVID, we would not be able to do what we do.

Our Vision

We provide quality-driven education programs to help our learners achieve a high academic standard, combating the huge drop out in high school education. We enable and equip our learners with self-esteem and confidence to face the daily challenges of their social environment.

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Our Programmes

HELP is currently working at two schools in Cape Town: Heathfield Primary School in Elfindale and Thomas Wildschutt Senior Primary School in Retreat. Find out more about what we do by clicking on a programme below.

HELP Daily Programme

A homework programme four afternoons a week for disadvantaged children, helping them to understand and expand their knowledge in both reading and numeracy.

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Every rand donated goes to providing books and stationery, food, and supporting the enrichment of our children.

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Our Dedicated Team

Jean Mackenzie

Administrator

Jean takes care of virtually everything that HELP needs as we have a very small team. She buys the food necessary for the day, ensures that there is sufficient stationery, promotes HELP whenever and wherever she can, makes sure the kids are well taken care of as far as possible and generally makes sure that HELP runs smoothly on every level.

Geoginah is a qualified primary school and remedial teacher from Zimbabwe. She teaches and prepares the work for the learners at Heathfield Primary school and ensures that the HELP is filling the learning gaps that the children have and where they are struggling with certain concepts. She marks their work and sits with them one on one when they have difficulties with academics and also social issues.

Langton is HELP's teacher at Thomas Wildschutt Senior Primary and his job is also to take care of all the academic work of the HELP learners. He has the patience of a saint and is masterful at dealing with many of the issues that our learners might have. Langton and Geoginah are a husband and wife team and reflect the stability of a sound marriage and instils morals and values in the children by their example.

Pat is our delicious sandwich maker and is the person responsible for preparing the sustenance for the HELP children daily. They come to HELP straight after sitting in class all day and are often hungry and thirsty. Pat takes care of their needs. We often joke “what would we do without Pat” but in fact it is a reality. She is a mother and a care taker for both the HELP staff and the children. A wonderful team member.
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Berry is a grade 2 teacher at Heathfield Primary school and nothing can keep her away from ensuring that her little ones are getting the information and teaching that they need. She comes straight after school to sit with the grade 2s in HELP so that she can teach them one on one. She makes the learning fun and exudes her warmth to us all.
Rifqa Lakau

Rifqa Lakay

Finances

Rifqa is the person who takes care of our finances and what would we do without her! Rifqa works for Charlene’s sons, Anton & Evan, and they kindly allowed us to use their services to ensure that our finances run smoothly. We are very fortunate to have such a pleasant and efficient colleague.

Andre is the retired principal of Heathfield Primary school and is one of our trusted trustees. His expertise, experience and input is invaluable and especially now that Charlene is no longer with us we rely on his wisdom when issues arise. Andre cannot stay away from education and is presently teaching at a school in Ocean View – such is his commitment to the future of our country.
Charles Jansen is another of our wonderful trustees and was the principal of Thomas Wildschutt Senior. Another hero dedicated to education Charles is heavily involved in a teaching program in Nyanga.
Ayeza Stuurman

Ayeza Stuurman

Trustee at HELP

Ayeza was head of security at the Cape Town Airport until COVID struck and is also a trustee with enormous experience and understanding of our children. We can always go to him for advice and get a better sense of where some of the children are battling emotionally or psychologically.
Anita Martins

Anita Martin

Trustee

Anita has dedicated her services to HELP as a trustee and volunteer every week. Anita would be seen sitting usually with the grade 6s and giving them sound life advice. She spoke with them about all sorts of things as well as assisting them with their academics. A more encouraging and motherly figure one would battle to find.

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We need R500,000 a year to cover our basic operational costs and a small amount goes a long way to helping us provide the HELP our children need. Click on a donation amount below that fits in with your budget and know that your donation is going to providing lunches, stationery, and operational expenses.

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