What does the day look like:
The children go to school from Monday to Friday. They get up around 6 am. The older children help with breakfast and the younger children also help get ready for school. School starts at 7:00 am, after school around 4:00 pm. they go to a special place where they get a hot meal and help with their homework. Afterwards, fun games are played with the children and the children are supported in dealing with situations they have experienced during the day. The parent(s) of these children live in extreme poverty and are often illiterate themselves. Sponsoring supports the children in their upbringing and care and in their daily needs such as food, love and attention.
Tshega Christian Mission was founded in August 2006 by Ellanie van Rooyen and is located in the province of Limpopo near the town of Tzaneen. Ellanie worked at a school that was about to close and the children would end up on the streets. Ellianie then took care of the children and started teaching them under a tree. This resulted in a school called The Lighthouse Academy. The school officially opened its doors in 2009. This is now a recognized school and the foundation also has various other projects that help the people in the area. A nutrition program (of which your sponsor child is a part), helping unskilled women with manual labor courses and a project in which they distribute clothes and school uniforms to the poorest children. The difference between rich and poor is very large in South Africa. As a result, children and young people often go on the criminal path out of boredom and hopelessness, often they get into drugs. Tshega's goal is to give children the opportunity to go to school and thus find hope and purpose for the future. Bringing young people together is a good opportunity to tell them about God and show His love. That is why the gospel is central to all the help they provide.
With your support, your sponsor child will receive a hot meal every day. Your sponsor child will receive help with homework and will receive a school uniform. In addition, there is room for personal attention and the children play together so that the home situation of poverty is forgotten for a while.