Bright Start

Empowerment through quality education

Bright Start was founded in 2008 to address the huge inequality in education. It recognized that many school sponsorship schemes were failing due to the huge social and academic gap between the public and private sector, and that additional resources were needed to support these learners to reach their full potential.  In response, Bright Start developed a unique Education Support Model to address the needs of the child outside the classroom whilst helping to safeguard investment from donors and maximize the child’s educational opportunity. 

The Education and Support Program is delivered by a small trained team of educational specialists and includes the following:

Support to attend a quality fee-paying school on an equal footing

After-school care and development

Mentoring, facilitation and empowerment for children and parents

Sport, health and cultural enrichment programmes for children

Sawabona Africa sponsors Bright Start children

Our Children

Jonathan

Age: 10 years
Grade 4

Wants to be a Mechanical engineer

Jonathan is the youngest of two children and lives with his father in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay. Jonathan joined the Bright Start programme in January 2018 and is now in grade 3 at Kronendal Primary School. 

Jonathan is a golden student, achieving top grades. He is a responsible, excited and a curious child. He is always trying to spell new words he sees and strives to do his best in all of his subjects.  For his extra murals, Jonathan does swimming, cricket, soccer and chess at school, and also plays club soccer.

He enjoys spending time with his mom. Bright Start is proud of his achievements and we are looking forward to his future progress.

 

Qama

Age 13 years
Grade 7

Wants to be a Psychologist              

Qama lives with her mother in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay. She speaks Xhosa and English fluently. Her mother works at the World of Birds Sanctuary. Qama attends Krondendal Primary school.

Qama is a conscientious and enthusiastic child who achieves well academically. Her report reflects her ability to stay focused on her subjects and work diligently to achieve her best. Aside from academics, Qama is part of the Marimba band, sings in the choir and does swimming during summer and netball during winter.

Her teacher describes her as a “lovely, happy child with a sparkly personality and zest for life.” 

Bright start is very proud of Qama and her achievements.

Nahum

Age: 13 years
Grade 8

Wants to be a professional soccer player or Entrepreneur 

Nahum is in Grade 7 at Kronendal Primary School. He is a happy, friendly, honest and respectful child who works hard at school. Nahum’s teacher notes that he always tries his best and that assigned homework is completed timeously. In class Nahum is extremely helpful, supportive of others and is popular amongst his peers, he is an enthusiastic, diligent and interested pupil who is keen to learn.

Nahum is a capable learner, who performs consistently well in Natural Sciences and Technology. He is a talented sportsman who enjoys swimming and playing soccer both for his school and HBUFC (the local soccer club)

At school he feels comfortable with his classmates and teachers and is able, for the most part, to express himself freely. His teachers commented “Nahum’s personality is a wonderful addition to the class’! Nahum lives with his mother and his great Grandmother in Hangberg, Hout Bay. Nahum sees his father regularly, who also lives in Hangberg. His mother is working at a curio shop and his father works for the City of Cape in Hout bay.

Wafeeqah

Age: 18 years
Grade 11

Wants to work in the performing arts industry

Wafeeqah has been on the Bright Start Programme since 2010, joining as a confident 6 year old girl in Grade R. With twelve years of excellent education behind her, Wafeeqah currently attends Bergvliet High School and is in Grade 10.

Wafeeqah is a determined and persistent individual who values her education, with consistent good effort at school, and pleasing reports from her teachers. Where she struggles, Wafeeqah seeks out help, which includes going to extra lessons to improve her understanding. Preferred subjects are Humanties and languages, such as Geography, Business Studies, Afrikaans and English and her passion is Performing Arts. Wafeeqah’s teachers describe her as “a Talented and diligent learner who tackles her work  with a determined attitude. 

Outside of the classroom, Wafeeqah enjoys spending time with her friends and is a kind and loyal and kind person.

The beneficiary of twelve years of invested excellent education, we sadly lost Wafeeqahs long term sponsors due to the current economic crisis in South Africa. Bright Start is seeking short term sponsorship for Wafeeqah, to enable her complete her education to the end of 2023, and realise her great potential.

Our Children

Jonathan

Age: 10 years
Grade 4

Wants to be a Mechanical engineer

Jonathan is the youngest of two children and lives with his father in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay. Jonathan joined the Bright Start programme in January 2018 and is now in grade 3 at Kronendal Primary School. 

Jonathan is a golden student, achieving top grades. He is a responsible, excited and a curious child. He is always trying to spell new words he sees and strives to do his best in all of his subjects.  For his extra murals, Jonathan does swimming, cricket, soccer and chess at school, and also plays club soccer.

He enjoys spending time with his mom. Bright Start is proud of his achievements and we are looking forward to his future progress.

 

Qama

Age 13 years
Grade 7

Wants to be a Psychologist              

Qama lives with her mother in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay. She speaks Xhosa and English fluently. Her mother works at the World of Birds Sanctuary. Qama attends Krondendal Primary school.

Qama is a conscientious and enthusiastic child who achieves well academically. Her report reflects her ability to stay focused on her subjects and work diligently to achieve her best. Aside from academics, Qama is part of the Marimba band, sings in the choir and does swimming during summer and netball during winter.

Her teacher describes her as a “lovely, happy child with a sparkly personality and zest for life.” 

Bright start is very proud of Qama and her achievements.

Nahum

Age: 13 years
Grade 8

Wants to be a professional soccer player or Entrepreneur 

Nahum is in Grade 7 at Kronendal Primary School. He is a happy, friendly, honest and respectful child who works hard at school. Nahum’s teacher notes that he always tries his best and that assigned homework is completed timeously. In class Nahum is extremely helpful, supportive of others and is popular amongst his peers, he is an enthusiastic, diligent and interested pupil who is keen to learn.

Nahum is a capable learner, who performs consistently well in Natural Sciences and Technology. He is a talented sportsman who enjoys swimming and playing soccer both for his school and HBUFC (the local soccer club)

At school he feels comfortable with his classmates and teachers and is able, for the most part, to express himself freely. His teachers commented “Nahum’s personality is a wonderful addition to the class’! Nahum lives with his mother and his great Grandmother in Hangberg, Hout Bay. Nahum sees his father regularly, who also lives in Hangberg. His mother is working at a curio shop and his father works for the City of Cape in Hout bay.

Wafeeqah

Age: 18 years
Grade 11

Wants to work in the performing arts industry

Wafeeqah has been on the Bright Start Programme since 2010, joining as a confident 6 year old girl in Grade R. With twelve years of excellent education behind her, Wafeeqah currently attends Bergvliet High School and is in Grade 10.

Wafeeqah is a determined and persistent individual who values her education, with consistent good effort at school, and pleasing reports from her teachers. Where she struggles, Wafeeqah seeks out help, which includes going to extra lessons to improve her understanding. Preferred subjects are Humanties and languages, such as Geography, Business Studies, Afrikaans and English and her passion is Performing Arts. Wafeeqah’s teachers describe her as “a Talented and diligent learner who tackles her work  with a determined attitude. 

Outside of the classroom, Wafeeqah enjoys spending time with her friends and is a kind and loyal and kind person.

The beneficiary of twelve years of invested excellent education, we sadly lost Wafeeqahs long term sponsors due to the current economic crisis in South Africa. Bright Start is seeking short term sponsorship for Wafeeqah, to enable her complete her education to the end of 2023, and realise her great potential.

Sponsorship Stories

Here’s how a few of the children at Bright Start are sponsored:

 

 

ABIGAIL

Legacy Sponsorship

Abigail is sponsored in legacy of a child in Germany who lost her life to cancer. Her wish was to give a child in South Africa the opportunity to have a quality education. After a lot of research, her parents selected Bright Start and have committed to support her education.

Her nickname at Bright Start is Mother Theresa. She is so concerned about the wellbeing of all other students and ensures that everyone is up to date with their projects and homework. 

ATHANDILE

Corporate Social Responsiblity sponsorship

Athandile is sponsored by a business owner as part of their CSR initiative. 

The company does not only sponsor his education, but take a real interest in his life. They feature updates of his progress in their corporate newsletter. They are so proud to impact the life of a young child.

Athandile feels seen, loved, supported and accountable.

PRESLEY

Corporate team sponsorship

Presley is sponsored by a team in a company as part of their CSR initiative.  

Team members host fundraising events to support the cost of Presley’s sponsorship.  They receive updates of her progress, and keep an active interest in her outcomes. 

It can take a team to support the bright future of a child.

NAHUM

Individual Sponsorship

Nahum is individually sponsored by a private donor.  As the donor did not have a child of her own, she decided she would like to give a disadvantaged child in South Africa, the same access to a good education that she had growing up. 

Bright Start was selected as it provides not just the cost of his school fees at a quality school, but also support and mentorship and help where he needs it. 

 

How does your donation or sponsorship work

€ 3 500 covers the entire package to educate 1 child for a year

€ 2 100 covers school fees for one year

€ 1000 covers a dedicated trained mentor for a year

€ 200 covers school uniform 

€ 50 sends a child to a school camp

€ 10 covers the daily petrol for the school bus 

All the donations are allocated to children supported by Sawabona Africa on the Bright Start programme

A full sponsor will be linked to a nominated child throughout their schooling 

Bright Start will send progress reports for sponsored children

Active involvement in the child’s education is possible

80 % of beneficiaries perform in the top 25 % of their class 

Children graduate with a first-class education

Children have self-worth and a belief in their right to aspire to a better life

Children ultimately enter the skilled job market with good earning and career potential

 

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Alumni Spotlight: Nicky

I joined Bright Start when I was six years old. I didn’t know much about the decision at the time, but I know now that it was my parents and their commitment to my education that resulted in me being offered a place on the programme. That and the fact that, apparently, I showed some early promise! I have grown up my whole life in Imizamo Yethu, a township in Hout Bay. Both my parents are domestic workers. Life hasn’t always been easy but throughout my life they have given me the very best they can.

The impact that Bright Start and my sponsors have had on my life has been pretty huge – not just in terms of school and my education, but in terms of how I have developed and grown as a person. They helped me discover my strengths and my weaknesses, and everything in between. In that sense, Bright Start has been like a parent to me.

I went to Kronendal pre-primary in Hout Bay and loved being involved in as many aspects of school life as possible. I did well at Kronendal – well enough to earn a place at the German School (DSK) in Grade 5 – and so began an amazing and challenging journey. Suddenly I was at a school where the culture, language and education style were unfamiliar. I quickly learnt to speak German, but integrating and adjusting were a greater challenge, and took time and determination.

In year 11, I was selected to represent the DSK on a school trip to Germany. ………

It was incredibly exciting but taunted by the fact that I had to raise funds for the trip. The only way I would be able to go would be to reach out and ask for help. With the help of Bright Start and the DSK, I set up a crowd-funding page and was so delighted when the German community and the wider Cape Town community came together to make my trip possible.

It was a truly life-changing experience. Germany opened my eyes to a world of opportunity and possibilities, and it was definitely a culture shock. I discovered a whole other world out there – one where townships like ours didn’t exist – and it gave me the stimulus to truly better myself. I decided I wanted to go to university after leaving school and to study a subject that would allow me to experience more of the world.

And then Covid hit. Our school shut and we had to study online. I couldn’t participate without access to the internet. Once again I asked for help. Bright Start supported me and found a sponsor who provided me with data while my school established its own data distribution system.

When it came to applying for university, without the necessary resources at home, Erin at Bright Start was invaluable in helping me with the process. When eventually I sat my final exams, I was in the fortunate position to have received three offers from prominent universities.

So here I am today, studying for a BA in International Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, and laying down the foundations for an incredible and exciting future. I have big dreams and I don’t think I know where they end – they certainly have no limit. Bright Start helped me see and shape my future, and with their help I am realising my end goal – to succeed by getting the education I need to have a brighter future.

With so much gratitude to my family, Bright Start, my sponsors and DSK for helping me get here.

Alumni Spotlight: Nicky

I joined Bright Start when I was six years old. I didn’t know much about the decision at the time, but I know now that it was my parents and their commitment to my education that resulted in me being offered a place on the programme. That and the fact that, apparently, I showed some early promise! I have grown up my whole life in Imizamo Yethu, a township in Hout Bay. Both my parents are domestic workers. Life hasn’t always been easy but throughout my life they have given me the very best they can.

The impact that Bright Start and my sponsors have had on my life has been pretty huge – not just in terms of school and my education, but in terms of how I have developed and grown as a person. They helped me discover my strengths and my weaknesses, and everything in between. In that sense, Bright Start has been like a parent to me.

I went to Kronendal pre-primary in Hout Bay and loved being involved in as many aspects of school life as possible. I did well at Kronendal – well enough to earn a place at the German School (DSK) in Grade 5 – and so began an amazing and challenging journey. Suddenly I was at a school where the culture, language and education style were unfamiliar. I quickly learnt to speak German, but integrating and adjusting were a greater challenge, and took time and determination.

In year 11, I was selected to represent the DSK on a school trip to Germany. ………

It was incredibly exciting but taunted by the fact that I had to raise funds for the trip. The only way I would be able to go would be to reach out and ask for help. With the help of Bright Start and the DSK, I set up a crowd-funding page and was so delighted when the German community and the wider Cape Town community came together to make my trip possible.

It was a truly life-changing experience. Germany opened my eyes to a world of opportunity and possibilities, and it was definitely a culture shock. I discovered a whole other world out there – one where townships like ours didn’t exist – and it gave me the stimulus to truly better myself. I decided I wanted to go to university after leaving school and to study a subject that would allow me to experience more of the world.

And then Covid hit. Our school shut and we had to study online. I couldn’t participate without access to the internet. Once again I asked for help. Bright Start supported me and found a sponsor who provided me with data while my school established its own data distribution system.

When it came to applying for university, without the necessary resources at home, Erin at Bright Start was invaluable in helping me with the process. When eventually I sat my final exams, I was in the fortunate position to have received three offers from prominent universities.

So here I am today, studying for a BA in International Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, and laying down the foundations for an incredible and exciting future. I have big dreams and I don’t think I know where they end – they certainly have no limit. Bright Start helped me see and shape my future, and with their help I am realising my end goal – to succeed by getting the education I need to have a brighter future.

With so much gratitude to my family, Bright Start, my sponsors and DSK for helping me get here.

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