We realize that we live in a community with brokenness and special challenges. We want to make a difference by working together with parents and other role players and use whatever talents and gifts we have to bring about change and help heal and restore lives. We believe that by positively touching a life of a child, a ripple effect can be created that can extend to a wider community. We are comfortable with not having all the answers or solutions but to work with what we have and who we are. We trust in God to do the rest!!
The dream and vision of the Aitsa aftercare centre is to improve the quality of the lives of school children living in the Dwarsriver Valley and Kylemore area by providing them with a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment in the afternoons after school. Here they will have a sense of belonging and feel loved. They will have the opportunity to be educationally stimulated through literacy and numeracy programs. They will be able to do sport, art and other extra mural activities that they would not otherwise be exposed to. They will have the opportunity to develop their natural talents and gifts and become balanced and productive adults that can make a difference in their community.
We see ourselves as partners of the current educational institutions in the area as well as of the parents and want to support them where they do not have the time or expertise to develop the children further.
We are currently the only registered after-care centre in Kylemore. There are approximately 600 children in the local primary school, PC Petersen. Our dream and vision is to accommodate as many of these children as possible, and to expand into the rest of the Dwarsriver Valley . This year we have 140 children enrolled. They make up a Gr R, Gr 1, Gr2 and Gr3 class, which we aim to expand into the higher grades with time. Class attendance is between 90 and 100% daily and the kids can't wait to go to aftercare!
We want to walk a journey with each child from age 5 to 18, to become the brightest star they can be.
Aitsa! has been selected as one of eight finalists for the Western Cape 2016 government Leadership Excellence Awards!
Programs currently in place to fulfill our vision:
Staff development: Part of Petra Children’s college development program, weekly staff moral and emotional support presented by educational psychologist, regular training for the implemented programs.
Physical programs: Living legends sport program- soccer and netball, Stellenbosch Kinderkinetika, Physifun in-class physiotherapy program, Stellenbosch rugby academy.
Mountain bike Initiative: Partnering with BMT cycles and Paul Roos High School, we have a weekly cycling program.
Educational programs: In-class homework assistance, Number sense maths program, green shoots maths computer program, Doen-en-leer remedial reading program, Lego educational program.
Emotional/ Spiritual programs: Ivangeli Christian life skills program, Individual and group counselling, worship dance program, prayer group.
Art and music programs: Brass Band, Choir, Drumming, Art lessons.
Chess program: Chess program with chess master, 3 kids in Cape Winelands team.
Parent programs: Weekly individual parent counseling with onsite clinical psychologist, termly parent meetings with speaker and topic, termly parent workshops, parent child bonding day.
Nutritional program: Lunch box Fund nutritional food program, Fruit and veggies from local farmers.