The Link Newsletter September 2021
Registration: Public Benefit Organisation


Alexandra Interns Programme - an Exciting
Pilot Project

At the beginning of 2020, our 10th anniversary year, The Link had plans to extend our reach into traditional township areas utilising local youngsters as part of an intern programme.

Although Covid delayed the  initiation of this programme, we are so happy to share that this exciting pilot project is now well underway and making a huge difference, both to the lives of the young interns and to the children they are able to work with.

Through ORT SA’s Youth Empowerment Programme we have identified ten promising young individuals, who over the next 12 months, will continue to train and work as Link interns at two primary schools in Alexandra.  Through the programme, the interns will be able to improve their prospects, learning valuable skills, whilst earning a small income (sponsored by ORT), all whilst extending the reach and impact of The Link within their own communities.

The interns have received training and guidance, both through ORT and The Link.  They have been working daily with grade 5 and 6 pupils who are not able to read English.  We look forward to continuing to support them in their journey and hope to build on the programme in the future.

One of the Alex interns, Sindi, had this to say: "I am very proud of myself and how I am working with these kids and making a difference.  I have realised that in this time, I am also growing as a person and learning skills that are for life."

Centres Reopen After the Third Wave

Although Covid is still very much a part of the landscape at the moment, we are very conscious of the fact that with all the teaching time lost over the last 18 months, the children we help need us now more than ever.  We have been able to reopen our centres at Sparrow, Yeoville, Westbury, Orange Grove, HA Jack, Norwood, Florida, Sunnyridge and Risidale.  We hope that more centres will follow as more of our volunteers get fully vaccinated and become comfortable returning to teaching.  The centres that are open are conducting an adapted Covid-safe programme. 

UJ Students Continue to Make
a Difference at Westbury

The Community Engagement  team of volunteers from The University of Johannesburg (UJ) have also recently returned to teaching.  This enthusiastic group of volunteers from UJ have been volunteering at The Link centre at Westbury, with some volunteers assisting at Norwood and Sparrow.  One of the volunteers, Zandile Jiyane, who is busy doing a BA Honours in Public Management and Governance,  had this to say about the experience: "As a volunteer with The Link, I have learnt how to be more patient with little children and I have learnt the skill of sounding out the letters in order to make it easier for junior phase children to learn the basics of reading. I have recently found out about my love for children through The Link."

The Link's Digital Resources
Now Available on YouTube

With so many children from all walks of life battling with school work, we made the decision to make The Link's digital resources freely available through YouTube.  The resources are now searchable and available in numbered logically organised playlists.  It is hoped that these will become supplementary resource for children needing a bit of extra input and reinforcement of beginner literacy concepts, both in the current environment and in the future.
Follow this link to see what the channel has to offer:
The Link is represented as a beneficiary on the global fundraising platform GivenGain. This allows supporters to donate easily from anywhere in the world.  It also gives people the opportunity to set up their own fundraising campaigns with The Link as a beneficiary.  This is very easy to do and can be anything from a once off donation, to donations in lieu of birthday gifts, to support/ sponsorship for competing in a sporting event.

Please support us by listing us as a beneficiary for the MySchool Card scheme. There can be more than one beneficiary linked to a card. For more information, please visit the My School card website.
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