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Book, Books and more books!

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One of the United Nations Global Goals for sustainable development is to provide a Quality Education.

In Zululand we do this in a number of ways, with the main one being Reading Club.  Every week we have up to 100 children who come straight after school to have grammar lessons and to read to our volunteers.

The courage and determination of the children knows no bounds.

Helping our children to read and understand English will go a long way in ensuring they can complete their education and secure a good job, thus moving them towards the global goals of Quality Education, No Poverty and Building Sustainable Communities.

We are raising funds to allow us to purchase 40 dictionaries for these amazing children.  Learning how to use a dictionary and to expand their vocabulary will provide a great foundation for their future life.

We would also like to reward the children for their dedication, determination and confidence building by presenting them with their very own book at the end of the year.

The goal would be raise £1000.00 (ZAR 17,000/ USD 1300.00)

Get involved and Donate here – choose St Lucia and Educational Projects

 

My Best Summer

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I worked for the Happy Africa Foundation and its partner African Impact in Moshi, Tanzania, and it was the best summer I’ve ever had. It was not only such fun and enjoyable experience, but also a great opportunity to learn about development and NGO management.

During my placement I lived in the volunteer house with others. Because we lived and spent so much time together, we got very close and became like a big family. Unlike government funded programmes like ICS, volunteers come from all over the world, which makes it so interesting to get to know other volunteers as they all have different cultures and stories. This is one of many things I miss about my time in Moshi. I had such a great time in just talking to other volunteers, sometimes sitting around a bonfire, watching the sky full of stars!

The weekend trips are also one of my highlights. They had a variety of trips and tours with reasonable price you can do over the weekends. I’ve done most of the tours, and they were all incredible. Watching a family of lions, crossing the border betweenTanzania and Kenya with a kayak, snorkelling in the turquoise blue ocean of Zanzibar, climbing Kilimanjaro, swimming in a hidden hotspring… and the list goes on.

The internship also offered me a great opportunity to deepen the understanding of development and NGO management. Working on the grass route level allowed me to observe how the community is changing, and how NGOs have been contributing towards its development. It was very interesting to learn how the team manages the projects, and being able to see how the projects are making impacts on the community even in a short term was amazing.

Being a part of the Happy Africa Foundation team was probably one of the most fruitful experiences I’ve had during the internship. With them, I was able to learn fundraising strategies. As fundraising is perhaps the most important element in the development and charity sector, having an opportunity to learn about it was incredible.

None of these experiences would have been great if it weren’t for the staff members of African Impact and the Happy Africa Foundation. They were always very friendly and supportive, which made it so much easier for me to adapt to the new environment and to understand my tasks. I couldn’t have asked for better people to work with.

Written by Shu, our Moshi intern for 3 months 

Life as an intern

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I’ve officially been interning in Zanzibar for about 6 weeks now and still love it! The communities of Jambiani and Kizimkazi are incredibly welcoming and open, and continue to give me so much more than I could have imagined.

My first four weeks were spent working on the two main African Impact projects on the island. I taught geography and conservation classes at the Jambiani Educational Community Centre, as well as adult English classes in the afternoon. My students constantly surprised me with their work ethic and desire to learn. Some of them have been able to get jobs in the service industry this peak season because of the English skills they have learned with African Impact. This project you dive deep into the Jambiani community through daily connections with students and the local women’s group, the Kanga Ladies.

My second two weeks were spent on the Marine Conservation Project in Kizimkazi. This project focuses on creating a sustainable balance between the ocean and the local community through dolphin monitoring, Conservation Club, and ethical boat driver training workshops. The dolphin population in this area of the island along with increased tourism has created a dolphin tour industry that is damaging to marine life. Our workshops train drivers on how to ethically run a dolphin tour that lets them make a living while protecting and respecting the dolphins. Our Conservation Club is teaching younger students about the environment, conservation, and sustainability in Kizimkazi and Zanzibar with semester lessons like “Save our Seas” and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” I absolutely love this project and the long-term impact it is going to have in the community. Plus, there aren’t many jobs that allows you to be on a boat every morning interacting with dolphins and coral reefs.

One of my goals for this internship is to improve in sharing my passion for conservation, the environment, and helping people with others. Experiencing both projects has allowed me to do this and therefore, helped me to perform my intern roles better. I can appropriately talk about both projects to volunteers with confidence and explain why they are so important using my own stories. Being a THAF intern has also opened my eyes to the non-profit sector and how important fundraising is to create a lasting impact. I am constantly learning about the business side of THAF and African Impact while interacting with the communities on the ground. I think this combination of environments is what makes this internship special.

Icing on top of the cake is that this island in general has been an amazing place to live. I have gone snorkeling, seen Zanzibar’s Red Colobus Monkey in Jozani Forest, swam with sea turtles in Nungwi, and plan to try kite surfing. I also get to walk outside onto a beach every day, learn Swahili with our security guard, and learn to cook local dishes with our chefs. These are memories that I know will last more than 12 weeks.

If you are interested in interning with an NGO, check out our page here. 

Written by our Happy Africa Zanzibar Intern Sarah 

Shiners Nursery School Says Thank you!

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Shiner's Nursery Thank You

Our Moshi Shiner's Nursery School project is saying a big thank you to all the donors who generously gave towards building the emergency wall. #makingadifference #donateforgood #ecd African Impact – Moshi, Kilimanjaro

Posted by The Happy Africa Foundation on Thursday, July 6, 2017

Women’s Day High Tea Fundraiser for Girl Impact

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In aid of our Girl Impact Initiatives 

Wednesday 9th August

2pm – 4pm

Casa Labia, Muizenberg

Featuring local artist Jennifer Eaves

 

Book your tickets here with your credit/debit card or directly into our bank account via EFT:

Bank: Standard Bank

Bank address: 77 Main Road, Fish Hoek, 7975

Bank account: The Happy Africa Foundation

Branch code: 036009

Account number: 072079584

Reference: Your Surname/ Womens Day

 

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My first week in Cape Town

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Written by Taylor Jones

The week leading up to my arrival in Cape Town was filled with anxiety. The normal stresses of travel such as what to pack and last minute plannings were present but most of the anxiety came from the unknown of the work I was about to begin. All the previous times that I had traveled out of the country had been for the cultural immersion and the fun of traveling. While those components were also main parts of my upcoming trip to Cape Town, my primary reason for going was to start interning with The Happy Africa Foundation. I was moving to another country for work not just for play and the idea caused a great deal of anxiety.

Now that my first week in Cape Town is behind me, the stress and anxiety has subsided to excitement for my next three months. My first week was filled gaining the “volunteer experience”. I spent most of the week going with the volunteers to the various projects that we have around Cape Town and learning how each of them functioned. The projects ranged from teaching at a preschool to helping young girls in a dance group gain self confidence by seeing their own self portrait for the first time. The projects filled myself and my fellow volunteers with hope for the future of these kids even though they faced what can seem like insurmountable obstacles.

When not on projects, most of my time was spent getting to know the incredible group of volunteers that are all staying in the Lion House. Bonds have grown so quickly even though we have only known each other for a short period of time. It is easy to grow close when everyone is sharing such an incredible experience with one another and exploring the amazing city which is Cape Town.

Now there is only excitement as I look ahead to the next three months in this amazing city. I feel confident that I will not only enjoy the work I am doing but also the place that I get to live and the people I will be meeting along the way. I am sure there will be challenges but the support from staff, family, and friends will enable me to stay positive and push through the obstacles.

Saving the Environment, EcoBrick by EcoBrick

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Today we celebrate World Environment Day with a focus on our Ecobrick projects in Livingstone, Zambia.

An EcoBrick is a plastic bottle stuffed solid with non-biological waste to create a reusable building block. All that is needed to make an EcoBrick is a plastic bottle or container of some sort (including paper / laminate milk cartons) and a stick to compress plastics, non-biodegradables, and synthetics in to, that would otherwise be thrown into landfill.

With our partner African Impact in Zambia, we’ve decided to adopt this idea and implement it in various building projects whilst involving the community in EcoBrick exchange programs. We have two main places where we are currently sourcing EcoBricks, one is a school called Dambwa Christian Care center and the other is the community of Linda Farm. At the school, we have developed a reward system for the learners; they learn how make EcoBricks from the litter they find around their home and they receive rewards based on the number of bottles submitted. The turnout has been great as the kids are excited for the prizes but are also at the same time engaging with their environment and tackling plastic waste issues from their homes to the open area.

At Linda Farm, which is a community of mainly blind and generally disabled people, we’ve decided to engage the community members in EcoBricking exchanges. Linda Farm is the main area we have used the EcoBricks to build structures, including a piggery, large compost bin and an outdoor enclosure for chickens.

EcoBricks have proved to be an awesome way to get plastic trash of the streets, educate our learners about the environment and a cost-effective way to build much needed structures!

The EcoBrick Compost Bin

EcoBrick Exchange Program

Build It volunteers in action

INTERNSHIP SPECIAL OFFER

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Get £200* off your NGO Internship with The Happy Africa Foundation

If you arrive by 30 June 2017

Join us in either Livingstone (Zambia), Kruger (South Africa), St Lucia (South Africa) or Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)!

Contact charnell@africanimpact.com or go to our Internship page for further details

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Cafe Roux Event

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Meet the Faces of the Foundation – Lisa

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Lisa is one of our current Happy Africa Foundation Interns, hailing from Malta. Lisa spent two months in Rural Zululand, St Lucia before coming to Cape Town in January this year. 

Before I started my internship in South Africa, I had no idea what to expect or what my role was going to be. I was worried I would be excluded, since I would be the only intern on site, and that my tasks would be boring. As soon as I arrived, I realised that a little bit of research could have not only taken me further than packing one pair of flipflops and one sweater for six months, but also could have made me realise that this internship would be far from the usual 9 to 5 at the office; doing mindless paper work and making coffee for others.

While living and working at the volunteer house certainly took some getting used to, with the help of the business manager and the intern coordinator, I quickly discovered what my role as an intern would be. I soon became involved in and responsible for many aspects of the projects, either by physically volunteering on each project or through behind the scenes action at the office. Joining in on planning programming for the week also helped me become more involved in the projects. While basic tasks included tracking finances, donations, and merchandise that I sold; I also had to compile weekly and monthly reports, which are used at head office for the monitoring and evaluation of projects. Organising the monthly quiz night, as well as other fundraisers, was also part of my role, which involved networking with local business to get support in raising funds for the projects. Budgeting and planning a fundraising target for each project also helped direct fundraisers. A big task I didn’t think I would have been involved in was making plans for each project to develop and to become more sustainable and independent, such as finding ways for local businesses to support us through physical contributions or by having them visit the projects to share their knowledge. Planning a big trip for about a hundred kids was also an opportunity I did not think I would have at this stage in my career.

Aside from doing work in the office and on project, engaging with the volunteers was also important during my internship. Being the intermediary between the volunteers and staff helped communication between them on how things were handled on project and at the house. Holding a monthly workshop about The Happy Africa Foundation helped explain to the volunteers the link between the charity and African Impact, something that most volunteers would not have understood before coming to the location. This helped motivate them to join in fundraising events and for some to even do some fundraising of their own when they went back home. Going on trips or doing activities with the volunteers on the weekend also made my stay most enjoyable and gave me the opportunity to explore the area. Taking on some of the weekly roles at the house that volunteers have and joining them in learning about cultural traditions along with a new language also helped us bond over how difficult it was to pronounce the clicks and make the oven work.

This internship is not for the faint-hearted, since it includes facing the daily trial of the scorching heat and relentless wind, climbing mountains in spite of fearing heights, sharing moments of laughter and moments of tears, waving off old friends and welcoming new ones, and above all, facing the poverty and reality that is found in the world. But in the end, it is definitely worth it, because where else would you be able to make life-long friends from all over the world, all united by the need to make an impact on the world, while also gaining some credits from your university and making your CV shine above all others?

To find out more about our internship opportunities click here.