Sports teams in the area of Paterson and Alicedale cannot afford to play in the higher leagues due to lack of transportation and infrastructure issues (even though some of the teams are top ranked). Additionally, as community sports are run with low budgets, we have been approached with the need for field maintenance equipment (e.g. weed cutters/lawn mowers). We have learned that the usual way to trim the fields is to use goats, which at times leave patches of long grass that can conceal snakes. The snakes present quite a danger to the young athletes and their spectators. Right now a lot of players play without shoes, and the teams often only have one ball to practice with
Sport is easily on of the most important activities in our local townships; it keeps children and young adults active, and gives them a sense of team work and self-value. Because of the poverty levels in these small towns, the majority of kids that graduate from school end up staying at home as there are no jobs opportunities, unfortunately leading to a high level of drug and alcohol abuse and teen pregnancies.
The aim of this project is to provide the community enough money to purchase the sports equipment and supplement the transport that they urgently need and to continue to give children and young adults an outlet to practice team skills and realize their own self-worth.
Kids in the townships are washing their school uniform outside every second day because they might wear the same shirt every day or wear broken shoes or clothes with holes in them
Our local partner will be able to put together the uniform. The most part of the money will be invested in shoes. The projects will provied uniform to 15 children.
On the 22th of July ten teachers participate at this workshop! Check out our pictures and some live video at: https://www.facebook.com/WeShamwari
Moreover, Erica Noddings-Zinola, a vet volunteer, went to the teachers workshop. Read all about her experience here:
“While having an incredible time working with animals on Shamwari, I had the awesome opportunity to work with the preschool teachers in the impoverished Alicedale and Patterson communities. The day was sponsored by WeShamwari, and the purpose of the training day was to provide the teachers with activities that would help prepare the children for the coming school year! My personal favorite was having the kids make hedgehogs out of playdoh; the pinching action to make the quills is a good way for kids to develop fine motor skills and the muscles needed to grip pencils. It was really heartwarming to see the passion of these teachers and their drive to provide their children with the best possible skills to succeed in life. These teachers certainly have a tough job with one teacher having 96 children in her class! I really enjoyed my time with these women and can’t wait to volunteer again soon! #weshamwari “