Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) is currently a flourishing program providing programming in the area of: educational workshops, support groups, income generation activities, pre-school bursaries, relief funds and aftercare programs for residents in the community. GAPA has been a partner for the last 4 years with whom in partnership, we enhance the learning of the 99 children between the ages of 6-11 years and 11 grannies with bi-annual excursions to different locations around Cape Town.
Educational extra-mural trips enable all children to attend culturally enriching institutions and engage with hands-on learning through fun and exploration, despite financial backgrounds. Learning is both age and development appropriate and encourages well-rounded learning outside of the classroom.
Long Term Impact:
Providing educational trips to children improves long term critical thinking, increases exposure to cultural institutions in the community, facilitates group learning and will ultimately empower children to grow mentally from the new experience. By enriching children’s education, you also enrich their families and the community as a whole.
One of our most prominent partners in Cape Town, GAPA, continues to serve over 150 students a year through a safe, fun and educational after-school programme, all run by inspirational “Grannies”. Students practice homework, join our gender equality programme, The Girl Impact, participate in sports and arts and have a chance to be a kid. The Foundation wanted to extend the opportunity for students to learn outside of the Khayelitsha Community as many of the students and grannies do not have the chance to travel outside of their township.
- 2016: We launched the bi-annual GAPA Extracurricular Excursions, allowing these students to experience educational yet fun activities outside of their township. The aims of these excursions are educational, fun and a great opportunity to experience what is happening in the surrounding area of Cape Town. For both the children and Grannies, this brings inspiration, opens their mind, creates togetherness and gives an education beyond the school walls
- 2018: We successfully organised two educational excursions for GAPA, the first being a fun trip to Higgledy Piggledy – Imhoff Farm where 96 children experienced in this outing along with 10 GAPA grannies. The second trip was a big highlight for the GAPA grannies, as they set off to visit South Africa’s well-known heritage site, Robben Island. We were able to take 89 children and 13 grannies on this educational, life-changing trip.
- 2019: Fundraising will continue with the aim to provide two educational field trips for the GAPA grannies and children.