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1 Computer Literacy
An Irish Foundation sponsored and built a fully equipped computer centre for the Township Primary School. The pupils at the school could not use the computers due to the lack of teachers and skills. Volunteers Direct implemented a certified computer training course at the school and the volunteers teach basic computer skills to the students.

2 Homework Club
In January 2008 Volunteers Direct set up a daily after-school programme in the township to assist with homework. Most of the township children grow up in single parent homes and do not get much help with their school work. This gave rise to the Homework Club which assists with Basic English and Maths in the afternoons. The plan is to extend this into a Community Youth Club so that the teenagers in the township, especially the girls, have a safe environment to socialise in during the day.

3 Swimming Lessons
Volunteers Direct organised weekly swimming lessons for the township children aged between 7 and 15 at a local swimming pool in the summer of 2007. With the assistance of Llandudno Surf and Lifesaving Club we have taught and improved the swimming skills of over 60 township boys and girls. One of the boys, Gift, was sponsored to compete in the South African National Surf Lifesaving Championships in Durban. We continue to teach township children to swim in the summer.

4. Volleyball Project
A Belgian volunteer, who is an ex international volleyball player, was so inspired by her stay with Volunteers Direct that she has left her job in Europe and is back in Cape Town for 8 months to promote volleyball in 4 underprivileged schools.

5. Promoting Promising Students

Following a 2 months stay with Volunteers Direct a UK based volunteer decided to pay the school fees for Nandipha, a hard working and ambitious 16 year old who is now successfully attending Camps Bay High school which has a high academic standard. This high school will give her a better chance of getting a tertiary education.

Volunteers Direct took 10 boys who train with us, to the annual trials at Ajax Cape Town, a successful premier league football club. Ajax Amsterdam owns 50% of this club. Eleven year old Lulu was signed by the club and is presently starring in their under 13 side. Last year Lulu travelled to Amsterdam with Ajax CT to compete in a major junior tournament.

Another great example of maximizing the talent available in the township is Happiness. She is a 18 year old talented soccer player whom Volunteers Direct spotted playing soccer with the township boys. In an effort to improve her standard we have successfully enrolled her with one of the major women’s football clubs of Cape Town.

For 2011 we have managed to have a second pupil from Oranjekloof Primary School admitted to Camps Bay High School where she will receive an improved education. The fees, uniform and school transport for Abigail ( who is bright, articulate and a good sports woman ) is being paid by one of our ex volunteers who is just finishing his PhD at Oxford.