The objective of the centers is to give the children love, give them individual care and help with Mathematics and English. Also to identify vulnerable children and refer them to Social Workers. We train people from the surrounding community to help us in this regard.
The Drop-In center was started in July 2015 and through the years we have gained valuable experience.
In January 2018 we trained 8 volunteers for two intensive weeks and they help us with teaching the children Mathematics, Phonics and Reading. Training is continued on a weekly basis through the year. The volunteers are enrolled in a discipleship program on a weekly basis, this ensure unity and excellence amongst the volunteers.
At Mehopung Primary School and Qhowaneng Primary School 145 Children in Gr 3 were identified by their teachers to receive extra attention.
We have an excellent relationship with the Principle and HOD. Some of the feedback that we received from them was:
‘These kids were identified as slow learners, but now they have passed the other learners.’
We believe it is due to the joined effort between the Drop-in centre and the teachers. The individual attention gives children confidence and then the children start to concentrate in the classroom with 50 + children.
Through the grace of God all our children passed last year.
Our challenge is to be able to train more local people to serve as tutors to the children. We would like to expand our program to serve other schools in our area.
We are busy starting 2 more drop in centres in Soshanguve near Pretoria and
1 in Waltloo in the industrial area to the east of Pretoria.
With the help of the body of Christ we hope to grow and influence more people. May we all be inspired by what God is doing all over the world!