Bambini Foundation

Introduction

Bambini Foundation improves the education, skills and life skills of at least 30 00 children and youth at risk annually, ages 61 years, from marginalised communities and informal settlements in and around South Africa, so as to enhance their independence, community reintegration and employability, this reduces unemployment, poverty and its related social skills in the region and positively impact communities as well as the economy. The bambini Foundation also has bases where we help and heal children who have not been nurtured whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually or spiritually for example, our doors are open to all children where we house the children, feed them, clothe them, educate them, provide psychological counselling for those who come from abused backgrounds and help them to develop their individually and talents. The bambini Foundation is a mother for all children.

The Context

The situation of children and youth currently in South Africa is precarious. Despite the fact that youth between the ages of 14 and 35 comprise 3 % of the country’s population, this group is one of the most vulnerable groups in the country as is the growing trend world wide. Within this vulnerable group are particularly marginalised groups of youth, such as street youth and young men and women from disadvantaged communities. Both of these groups have been, and continue to be, denied access to various opportunities and resources needed for them to improve their lives. These groups of children also lack nutrition, are homeless and come from highly destructive and abused backgrounds that will lead to destructive behaviour in their adulthood.
For a variety of reasons, many of these children have not had the opportunity to develop skills to prepare them for the open labour market, they have not been kept safe and secure to have the luxury to grow and learn and they have not had the nutrition as well as motivation for them to physically, mentally and intellectually grow. Tertiary education, safety and nutrition is a luxury for these children in South Africa. Unemployment rates are high 35%), as is crime. Illiteracy is still rife in South Africa. A recent survey showed that of all the Grade’s in school, only have a literacy rate of a Grade 2. There is a growing number of orphans and increasing number of child headed households) and children whose parents are ill as they are living with HIV, AIDS or Tuberculosis TB). The Western Cape has the highest rate of TB in the country, which can be linked to the high rate of AIDS related deaths. In addition, a growing number of parents have drug or alcohol problems, which increases child neglect/abuse. In order to meet their basic needs such as food and clothing) and those of their siblings, these children must beg and steal on the streets. They become marginalised, join gangs for protection the Western Cape has the highest instances of gangsters in the country, with the government having no solution to this problem) and eventually never return back to their homes. Nevertheless, as these children/youth grow older, they realise the importance of education and skills training to gain employment, but cannot access mainstream education. Due to the fact that they have no means, are academically behind and cannot concentrate properly due to malnourishment, they cannot reintegrate into the normal educational system. Many are also addicted to drugs, have a criminal record and have no access to government assistance because they have lost their identity documents.

Many children and youth living in impoverished communities also struggle to access or cope in mainstream society and schools. As a result, these young people are not able to develop skills to prepare them for the labour market. The average number of school years completed by South Africans is 8.5. UNDP, 2012). In many cases, children are removed from school so that they can take care of younger siblings or try to earn an income to help the family. 
 Shifts in economics and high inflation rates are proving to be problematic amongst most South Africans, and keeping up with the high increases in the cost of food, transport, electricity and other commodities is proving to be a big survival skill. High economic stress results in high social stresses. Teenage pregnancy rates are high in the Western Cape, resulting in many girls dropping out of school. Schools in marginalised areas are poorly resourced and over crowded 60 children per class), resulting in children with learning difficulties not getting the attention they require. They soon become frustrated or bored and drop out of school. When they decide that they want to go back to school, they cannot return to mainstream schools, as they are too old for their grades. Other children are expelled from school due to behavioural problems and are not permitted to return to mainstream schooling.
Unfortunately, there is a great shortage of schools and training centres for disadvantaged youth who have dropped out of school.

Unemployment has been a burden for many South Africans, but is particularly severe among youth. The enormous and continuous migration of people to the cities has resulted in an increase in unemployment, homelessness and related social problems. Recent figures show unemployment among young South Africans to be as high as 51%, with rates for young black women placed 11% higher than that of their male counterparts. THE BAMBINI FOUNDATION! program caters for the special needs of these children and youth, from extremely dysfunctional and financially impoverished families, who are not able to access mainstream education, who lack nutrition and security and who desperately require basic education, skills training and life skills in order to enter the labour market. Life skills based education may focus on peace education, human rights, citizenship education, and other social issues as well as health. It addresses real life applications of essential knowledge, attitudes, and skills, and employs interactive teaching and learning methods. The term livelihood skills is often used to refer to capabilities, resources, and opportunities for pursuing individual and household economic goals in other words, income generation. Livelihood skills include: skills for seeking jobs, such as interviewing strategies; and business management, entrepreneurial, and money management skills. Livelihood skills are critical to survival, health, and development. Bambini Foundation provides education, security and nutrition that helps young people develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that build their sense of personal worth and agency, nurtures them, helps them to grow and teaches them to interact with others constructively and effectively. Success as human beings depends on how well people are able to manage challenges and risks, maximize opportunities, and solve problems in cooperative, non violent ways. Life skills are defined as a group of cognitive, personal and inter personal skills or psychosocial abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour, that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.

The problem of unemployment is a problem of insufficient economic growth. Economic growth alone will not ensure jobs however. People need to have the right skills for the sectors of the economy that are expanding – Labour Market Analyst, Loan Sharp.

Background

Truly sustainable development is multi dimensional – it is about creating jobs, reducing poverty, tackling inequality, providing education and protecting the environment G Helen Clark: UNDP regional bureau for Africa.
BAMBINI FOUNDATION is a newly established, international non profit organization with its first donors on board to support this work. We envisage assisting at least 30,000 children and youth through established schools, with books, life skills, food, shelter and personal support.
The schools targeted, are from marginalised and financially destitute communities and informal settlements in South Africa. Education, security, nutrition for the proper development for the mind and body enhances child and youth confidence, independence, employability and community development. This reduces unemployment in the region, as well as poverty and its related social skills, whilst positively impacting families, communities and the economy.

Mission

We are committed to provide education by means of books and libraries to schools, complete health and education by means of food, security, councelling and agricultural programs to all children, as well as disadvantaged children and families regardless of religion, race, gender or nationality to manifest lasting change in their lives
Educate, inspire, change.

Vision

Our vision is to take action in providing children with school books, library books, learning materials and overall health education, nurture the children, provide psychological counselling for abused and traumatized children and help them to learn their own talents as well as life skills. Furthermore, our vision is to help children to grow in the best they can be, to teach them to help themselves and to provide them with the knowledge and materials to be educated in all areas of their lives.
Educate children, Educate a nation.

Primary objectives

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela.
Project The focus of this proposal is:
To improve the education, malnutrition, mental and emotional development, security and practical skills levels of at least 30 000 vulnerable children and youth at risk annually, from disadvantaged community schools starting in South Africa and grow Globally.

To empower school going children from marginalised schools who are thinking of dropping out of the school system with Life skills, and books
To reintegrate these dropped out children from mainstream schools, back to the school system through the development of life skills and improved self esteem.

THE BAMBINI FOUNDATION provides books, food, shelter, education and life skills training assistance to 30 000 disadvantaged, vulnerable, children of any age with tools to keep them focused at school and and in life not drop out or choose a dark path for their adulthood.

Life skills’ training was adapted from the highly respected Jesuit Indian model, written by Dr Xavier Alphonse, who was in charge of community colleges in India. Life skills topics address personal development, workplace practice and social issues. The positive impact on students during and after this course is remarkable, visible in the low 10%) dropout rate and the high employment rate on completion of this life skills model at 85% in 2014).
The Bambini Foundation will first begin by donating educational, inspirational, motivational as well as story books to all schools in need and also fill up their libraries. One school alone has an estimated + 1600 pupils who lack hand guides, stationary and libraries. The inspirational, motivational and story books will be ordered and purchased by MB Publishers including other companies who sell school hand guides and companies such as Waltons who sells pens, pencils as well as dairies and text books.

Bambini Foundation will make use of DHL as main delivery Nationwide but we will deliver personally with our own transportation to all remote areas where DHL do not travel to.
The first Bambini Foundation base will be in the Western cape of South Africa. Large grounds where children from all schools visit over long weekends and school holidays where we provide for the children and their teachers guardians) accommodation, food, for mental, emotional and physical growth, counsel them from any trauma or abuse whether it may be physically, emotionally or spiritually, nurture them with complete health and health education, nurture them with faith such as the understanding of depth such as compassion, kindness, joy, forgiveness, empathy and so forth. We will also nurture the children with growth activities, teach them about new cultures, teach them new languages and help them to discover their talents and then help them to develop these talents and skills to their highest potential.

Furthermore, the Bambini foundation has a clear vision to grow Nationally as well as internationally and finally Globally. The vision is to purchase a Bambini Foundation base in every region in South Africa to continue to grow Nationwide to be able to help all children.
Once we have reached this magnanimous goal, we wish to extend internationally and continue to teach, heal, nurture and grow children globally.


 

Bambini Foundation Competition: 

MB Publishers and Bambini Foundation invite all schools Nationally as well as Internationally to send their top 5 student novels for publications. There will be 5 novels chosen for free ebook package publications yearly and the funds raised from the novels sold will be divided between the winning students 50% Royalties and 50% Royalties to the school that they belong to. 

No entry free is required. 

The purpose for the competition is to grow children globally. To keep children inspired and to teach Entrepreneurship as well as visualisation and creativity. 

This competition is fun for all schools and children to participate. 

We accept only english novels at this time of no less than 50 pages and no more than 250 pages. 

Click below to register your school with us and submit your schools 5 top stories no later than the 30th of  November every year. 

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