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SOS Africa Update

Last year, the staff at Orton Wistow Primary School donated money towards SOS Africa Children's Charity. Find out how the child we sponsored, Charisna Bruintjies, is doing at school.

What is The SOS Africa Children’s Charity?

The SOS Africa Children’s Charity (UK Charity No. 1188705) is a grassroots child sponsorship organisation which invests 100% of donations in the education and care of African children. Since 2003 they have provided disadvantaged children, from grades 1 to 12, with a personal education programme or learning support scheme tailored specifically to their needs. This holistic approach enables children to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential. 

Update on Charisna Bruintjies's Progress

Staff at OWPS donated money which enabled Charisna Bruintjies to attend school. Here is the information that they sent us when we first started donating to SOS Africa:

We have received an update about how Charisna is doing at school. Here is a copy of her latest school report.  We are delighted to see that she is showing great improvement in her school work.

Update on The SOS Africa Charity

Dr Matt Crowcombe, Founder/CEO, SOS Africa also wrote to the school with a general overview of how things are going with the SOS Africa kids:


We are delighted with the latest reports which show continued improvement across all our centres. The appointment of academic tutors in the Western Cape has certainly contributed towards these pleasing results.

Last term we also organised birthday parties for all the SOS kids. To reward them for all their hard work and to celebrate the recent birthdays, we decided to organise one big collective celebration so that no child would miss out. As you can see from the attached photos, both the staff and kids had a blast!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Minecraft Celebrity Bdubs, we have also recently introduced a group mentoring programme run by our staff in partnership with local social workers. The sessions discuss important topics such as identity, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying and teenage pregnancy. With many of our children fast becoming teenagers and facing many challenges within their communities, we believe that this is an integral part of their development. We are proud of them for embracing the sessions and their families are delighted with this new addition to our programme. I have attached photos taken during two of the recent sessions.

Meanwhile, in Gordon’s Bay, plans for our 5th Education Centre are all but complete and building work is due to start early next year. We will be sure to keep our website and social media updated as we progress.

With just 5 weeks left until the end of the academic year, the kids will soon start their end of year exams. To prepare them the staff have arranged group revision and study skills sessions. We are confident that they will do well and make you all proud.

In early December we are arranging a surprise End of Year Trip to a local Game Reserve (Safari Park). It will the first time the kids have been and promises to be a memorable occasion. Our photographer Helena will be in attendance so we will be sure to send lots of photos with the end of year reports.

This side of the World we have just launched our Wells Cathedral Jubilee Abseil (re-arranged following the postponement of this year’s event). If anyone is interested in taking part, you will find a link to our webpage at the bottom of the page.

Thank you for your continued support!

Kindest Regards,

Dr Matt Crowcombe
Founder/CEO, SOS Africa

If you would like to sponsor a child in Africa and receive updates on their progress, you can find out more by visiting the Sponsor Child Section of the SOS Africa website.