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BUILD UP KIDS
A world where income and background are no longer a barrier to opportunity for young people.
ABOUT BUILD UP KIDS
Build Up Kids is a scholarship program that funds school tuition for talented children from Lavender Hill to attend better-resourced high schools. Lavender Hill is home to an abundance of potential. Our goal is to eliminate the financial burden of a quality education for those willing to work towards it.
Poor school performance reinforces inequality
The odds are heavily stacked against those from low income families because the quality of public schooling is highly variable. Grade 8 students attending fee-charging schools are up to 4 times more likely to qualify for university than those attending no-fee schools (Sunday Times South Africa)
59% of Lavender Hill households have a monthly income of R3,200 or less. Muizenberg High School costs over R15,000 each year to attend. (2011 Census) Therefore income is the number 1 reason why young people from Lavender Hill cannot attend better resourced schools.
Lack of Higher Education Role Models:
Not many young people living in townships dream of university, because not many people around these areas have gone to University. Only 1% of those aged 20 years and older have higher education (2011 Census)
Many children experience a broken journey through school, interrupted by irregular attendance, absent teachers, teenage pregnancy and school-related abuse and violence (Unicef). Only 19% of those aged 20 years and older have completed Grade 12 or higher. (2011 Census)
Lavender Hill is notorious for Gang violence. Many of the students we work with emphasize the difficulty studying in an environment with regular gang activity.
THE APPROACH OF BUILD UP KIDS
We aim to break the cycle of poverty, so that young people can pursue education in better resourced high schools, have the opportunity to attend university, pursue further training or obtain and maintain a good job.
To overcome the barrier of low income, Build up Kids funds school tuition, uniforms, learning materials, and transport to school.
Tutoring and Mentoring
We provide mentoring, leadership training and focus groups for the young people on our scholarship program to ensure that the children achieve their goals and fulfill their potential.
Safe & Stable Environment
Through Build up Kids, we are enabling children with huge potential to study in a safe and stable environment free of crime and gang violence.
The best schools are not in and around the Townships. Therefore, we make sure that the kids have a save way to school by providing transport from home to school in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon with our own school bus.
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BUILD UP KIDS IN NUMBERS
FUNDS NEEDED PER YEAR
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RECENT NEWS OF BUILD UP KIDS
We are looking forward to an exciting year 2018! Already in January, we faced some changes in our Vrygrond Computer Lab. We had to say our goodbyes to our old Lab Manager, Linamandla. He has supported the Lab since 2013 and become Lab Manager in 2016. But we are also happy to welcome our newread more
It’s all been very quiet on our website and social media in 2017. We haven’t been good enough at keeping our followers updated. I’m sorry for that. But – good things have been happening and I feel now is a good time to update everyone as to what is going on. The Students: Most importantlyread more
A few weeks’ ago, we had the opportunity to take the scholarship students for a day out at GrandWest in Cape Town. After a fantastic ice skating trip there in January – we decided we’ve take the students bowling this time. Trips like these are so important so that we can catch up with theread more
We have always said we wanted to create something sustainable, something that would make a difference, something that was driven by the community. Today, we have taken a huge step forward on the way to doing just that. Today, we announce our partnership with initiAID. Nowadays, there are so many different charities, doing so muchread more
Hi All! The year is finally coming to an end which is exciting news for us at The Compass Trust, as we get ever closer to the children starting their new high schools in January! 9 of our scholarship children will be attending Cape Academy, and 6 will be attending Muizenberg, both fee paying schools. Here’sread more
The Compass Trust has been officially handed over to South African hands now. We’ve concluded our P.E. program by providing the teachers at the school all the materials and supplies they need to provide fun exercise for their kids at least once a week. We’ve designed a structured program for them that gives both theread more
As part of our commitment to people have supported us, we promised to release a blog each month. Jamie and Josh are doing fantastic work at growing and expanding TCT on the ground. We have had blogs from not only myself, but also Josh and Lara. Unfortunately, I am no longer in South Africa, and Iread more
This has been a crazy few weeks here in the Cape Flats. The Compass Trust has trusted me to carry on many of the non-admin-related responsibilities that Matt had been doing alone, although he's too humbled to own up to the sheer amount of work he has taken upon himself & the initiative required forread more
JUNE June was an incredibly productive month for The Compass Trust. We helped launch Levana, an initiative set up by Lluis Blanc (board member) and Rickard Sunden. Levana allows people to view profiles of the children that we work with and gives the option to donate to put money directly towards their tuition fees. We’veread more
For the past four months, I have been working at Levana Primary in Lavender Hill. I remember that what struck me most on my first day, was not the area or debilitating circumstances that these children live in like most would think, but rather the warmth and happiness of all the students and teachers alike.read more
We thought the children at Levana Primary School would struggle to get acceptances into the better quality high schools. The good news is, we were wrong. The bad news is, education costs money. 14 Levana children have been accepted into schools they would not have had the chance to attend without your help. 9 childrenread more
The first term at Levana has ended. Physical education focused on bat and ball games this term. Baseball, Softball and cricket were just some of the games we played throughout the first 10 weeks. More importantly, however, we completed all our high school applications. We have a group of 21 students with whom we workedread more