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APRIL 2017

How our support is helping young people in Johannesburg

Welcome to our first e-newsletter! Each month we will send an e-newsletter to keep you up to date with our work on the ground in Guateng, which wouldn't happen without your support. We will keep you updated with news, activities and regular case studies from the Community Based Organisations with whom we are working. In doing so, we want to share with you the impact that your donations have on the lives of vulnerable children in South Africa. We will be continuing with our postal newsletter but if you are happy to switch to digital communication only, please click below.
The Bishop Simeon Trust is a UK based international development charity that works in partnership with local organisations in South Africa. We support our South African partners to deliver sustainable services, support education and promote the rights of vulnerable children, including those affected by HIV/AIDS, in a protected Safe Park environment.. This is the first of a new regular e-newsletter to keep our supporters up to date with the work on the ground that they are enabling to happen.
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WHAT IS A SAFE PARK?
Bishop Simeon Trust supports Safe Parks; children’s centre that wrap around the school day, providing a safe space for social education, homework support, HIV/AIDS awareness and the rights of the child. From here Child Care Advocates (CCAs) provide support, counselling and advice to children, providing extension support into their homes. Safe Parks food programmes provide children with much needed meals, which they would otherwise go without. 
#ChangingTheStory:
The team spent 3 weeks working with youths from the Boniswe Field Project in Magagula Heights, & the Repheleng Care Centre in KwaThema, to establish youth committees in these community-organisations.

Learn about the films they have created.

Tisetso is 15, and thanks to your support is part of the youth programme at Ncedo Thuso Safe Park.

"I have been at the Ncedo Thuso Safe Park for a year now and I have learned so much from the youth programme. I get exposed to information about social issues such as teenage pregnancy as well as the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.
The youth programme has helped me in my choice of school subjects as well because it is important that they are aligned with my career goals. Being at the Safe Park has introduced me to good friends who enjoy dancing and playing as much as I do. A youth committee is much needed because we can help each other through tough times and create a flow of information through our different age groups.”
“Through the youth programme I have improved my reading and social skills. Making friends has also become easier. I see myself in a different light now. I want to be a respectable woman and be able to make a positive impact in the lives of young people.”

Your donations are what keeps children like Tisetso in our youth programmes. Please help us to ensure we reach the children in need of our support.

Human Rights:
Read about the work Bishop Simeon Trust funds in Safe Parks to secure and advocate for children's rights to ensure they have access to all education and health needs that they have.

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