Three2Six newsletter - January 2024

Welcome to 2024!

After the holiday and the summer break, students ought to return to school and fall back to their routine lives. We are back and ready to kick start the year. Warm welcome to everyone, especially the new learners, who have joined the project and a happy new year to all our supporters. We hope to have a year full of bliss and wish all our children the best for school.
Our team has put together a video to wish you all a very happy new year, and to thank you for your unwavering support. Your support makes us stronger and keeps Three2Six going. Watch the video HERE.
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Art lessons

Two wonderful people, Zaheera and Zakeeha, are taking out time from their busy schedules every week to come and do art with our learners. Forty of them participate in the art lessons every Monday which they are all excited to be part of. Art is creativity, it is using our hands and mind to create something. The purpose of the art class is to give learners the opportunity to express themselves through drawing and painting. Students will demonstrate technical ability, craftsmanship in their artwork, an understanding of the elements of art and of the principles of design through compositions. This will help them communicate concepts effectively.
Art lesson with Zaheera
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French art lesson
Increasing self-esteem and wellbeing of the learners was the motive visiting French artist Florence Grenot had towards our children to show them how artistic they can be. She invited the children to draw birds from scratch which, after being apprehensive about it initially, helped them become aware of their capabilities and of their creative talents.

A new volunteer joined our team

This month the project welcomed Ida Krumm from Germany who recently graduated from high school, and is looking forward to furthering her education later this year. Ida who is a volunteer from our partner organisation CMI Germany is working hand in hand with our coordinator Justine Kimbala by assisting her in the classroom, especially with remedial support for the children who have learning difficulties. This is a relief for Justine as a teacher who leads a classroom of grade 5s and 6s combined. Ida also offers support to other members of the Three2Six team.
Ida sharing about her experience at the project so far: “I am very grateful that Three2Six allowed me to fulfil my dream of volunteering abroad. Even though I have only been here for about two weeks now, I have already learned a lot and had some enriching experiences with the children and the amazing staff. I hope that in the next few months, I will somehow make a positive impact in the life of the children and the work of Three2Six and additionally be able to grow as a person myself."

Welcome to the team, Ida! We look forward to the next six months together.

Running and raising funds for Three2Six

She is doing it again! One of our host school teachers, Shireen Sacks, is running the Jerusalem Marathon again this year and raising funds for Three2Six. But this time she will be competing in the half-marathon category, after running 10 kilometres last year. She has been training for a whole year to improve her performance. Show your support and join her in her generous initiative by donating to the project, whether it's R10 per kilometre she will run (21,1 km in total) or any amount you’d like, or exercise equipment for our children. For financial contributions, we have a Backabuddy page. For physical donations, please contact Charlotte at
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The marathon will take place on 8 March but you can start donating today. On your mark, get set, go!

Advocacy update

Submission to Parliament
In November, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) published a White Paper on citizenship, immigration and refugee protection which was open to the public for written submissions. This proposed policy seeks to overhaul systems, including refugee law and border control. Three2Six made a submission to the Department to address its concerns regarding the protection of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa as the White Paper considers withdrawing or limiting their most fundamental rights such as the right to education, to healthcare and to birth registration.

In addition to this individual submission, the project endorsed submissions prepared by other organisations to help amplify the voices of civil society organisations in this fight against the consistent curtailing of refugee rights in South Africa.

Three2Six joins CoRMSA as a member

The project is thrilled to have become an official member of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA). It is a national network of organisations that work in the migration field. The Consortium which was established in 1996 currently comprises 29 member organisations which include Amnesty International, Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, Black Sash, and Sonke Gender Justice Network. Through its members and partners, the Consortium works at the local, provincial, national, sub-regional, regional and global levels to promote and protect the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It focuses on advocacy and lobbying, research, capacity building, and information sharing.

Donation appeal

It takes a village to raise a child. This means that a child is not for parents alone but also the community which can make or break the upbringing of a child. As an NPO our aim is to help make a positive impact in the lives of children academically. We would like to continuously make a difference in their lives for their better tomorrow, however, we cannot do it alone.
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The project does not only provide learners with free education but also free meals, transportation, uniform, textbooks and stationeries. All these have been acquired from your continuous donations. In order to keep contributing to the lives of these children, we need your support and help. Help us to brighten the future of a child by donating any amount. This can be done by scanning the code on this poster or by visiting our website here: Your donations will contribute towards stationeries, transportation or daily meals for our learners, or what you choose to support.
We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Jean Burk, a supporter based in the USA, for her renewed donation to the project. Thank you for your generosity.

New highlight video

Our end-of-year highlight video was released this month. See how we closed the year at the project. Thanks to all our partners for your immense support. Watch the video on our YouTube channel HERE.
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Each donation counts and helps us make a valuable change in the lives of our learners.
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