Education


Mosaic Mbekweni – Coming 2015!

Mosaic South Africa opening in Mbekweni
It is with tremendous excitement and gratitude that we announce our expansion to the Mbekweni township in the Western Cape! Mbekweni (Mm-buh-kway-nee) is located between Wellington and Paarl, and it's closest major city is Cape Town. From the beginning, it has been our vision to create a sustainable and replicable orphan care solution for South Africa. Now, we're one step closer to achieving our goal! Joining us and leading our Western Cape expansion is Nielen Beker, who has a background in ministry and a life-long passion for business. Nielen and his wife Lulu, a ...

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Veggies for a healthy lifestyle

Gardening at Mosaic South Africa
When we started our new Mosaic health program, we visited our foster parents to learn more about their eating habits and lifestyles. We found that the majority of their meals are built around pap- a low-nutrient, but very filling maize porridge- and meat, with very few vegetables. We also learned that many of our foster parents are struggling with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. With some teaching, our families learned that vegetables are a very important piece of a healthy, balanced diet. To make the addition of vegetables into their diets a little easier, ...

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Naledi Christian Academy Has Launched!

On the 9th of August, we launched our brand new school- The Naledi Christian Academy! Of course, we didn't envision a launch with speeches and ribbon cutting alone- in typical Mosaic style, we organized community members along with donors, future school parents, and partner staff members to begin construction on our new school grounds. We planted grass and trees, and painted walls, gates, and fences. It was an incredible experience for us, watching donors and local community members come together and get their hands dirty, all while building a better future for the ...

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Mandela Day 2014

Mandela Day is traditionally a day in which South Africans come together to perform 67 minutes of service in their communities in tribute to Nelson Mandela, where each minute represents one year of his public service. While, as a non-profit organization, we had the opportunity to welcome many volunteers and donations, we decided to take a different perspective this year. As a large organization with many priveleged beneficiaries, we felt that the right thing for us to do was to serve rather than to be served. We want our foster families and employees to understand ...

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Mosaic School Holiday Program

"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change theworld.” Nelson Mandela’s powerful words have truly inspired us to make education a top priority here at Mosaic. Many children in Ikageng have never dared to dream big. They have never considered the many career opportunities that do exist for them. Due to their circumstances, it is impossible for them to imagine becoming a world-renowned heart surgeon, a successful businessman, or the next President of South Africa. This holiday, we wanted to challenge our children to think beyond school, and ...

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Our Brave Fundraising Adventurer

After 5+ years of raising funds to make our Mosaic dream come true, we have used a lot of creative fundraising techniques. We've hosted big events, sold bracelets, made keychains and even written a cookbook- all to be trumped by one of our most dedicated fans, who is currently bicycling across ALASKA to raise funds for Mosaic! Our dear friend, retired United Methodist pastor Tom Hall, who has visited us in South Africa multiple times on mission trips to build Mosaic homes, embarked on a brave adventure at the end of June with a friend and their bicycles. We have been ...

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MPHOrovements

Now that our reading program has been underway for a solid 5 months, we’ve really been able to see and measure its effectiveness among our children. We’ve seen improved attitudes and higher levels of participation in learning activities from almost all involved. A particularly encouraging story is that of Mpho, age 11, who we have watched make a complete turnaround. In just 6 months, she’s gone from struggling to read at a Grade R/Kindergarten level to reading at a Grade 3 level. We've watched her personality transform as she grew from being quiet and shy into ...

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We’re starting a school!

During the past 2 years Mosaic has invested heavily in the education of our children. We realise that it is not enough to ensure that our children have proper housing and that their parents are employed. We realise that in order to create any kind of future for our children, education needs to be a major priority! Currently, our country does not make education a priority. We've shared with you in previous stories some of the realities of the South African education system, and we've seen it first-hand. When asking one of our children why she only gets 18% for her ...

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