Klopper Friday Club
The Klopper Friday Club programme is designed to not only keep the children engaged but to build strong relationships with both the children and their extended families, in order to positively impact the community as a whole. Showing them love, acceptance, and giving their families practical support helps to achieve this. Ultimately, the vision is to break the prevalent cycle of poverty, abuse, and neglect.
The programme runs on a weekly basis during school terms. Presently the children attending are between 3 yrs to 17 yrs of age, with the majority being black African boys between 11 yrs to 16 yrs of age. Six years ago the programme started out with six children – today eighty to a hundred learners attend each week.
As part of the programme the children receive a healthy meal and juice, are encouraged to play games, sports, tell stories, sing songs and hold group discussions on relevant and age appropriate subjects. These include issues of education, health, family, sex, AIDS etc. From time to time they also participate in weekend camps and other social activities, which help foster the ideologies of family and community.
The aim is to give them an opportunity to be children, while simultaneously helping them to become the initiators of positive change in their communities.
The Homework Centre was begun to meet a need for the children to have an appropriate, safe place in which to do their homework. Every Thursday afternoon, between 14.00 and 16.00, Hope Centre provides them this opportunity. The children are given a lunch of a sandwich, a piece of fruit and some juice, before they tackle their homework. Volunteers make themselves available during this period, to assist where necessary. The vision is to see this homework centre operating every afternoon during school terms.
A group of volunteers teach Grade R’s gross and fine motor co-ordination and teamwork on Thursday’s between 10am – 11am. This includes using apparatus such as hoola hoops, bean bags, skipping ropes, balls and jungle gyms – all of which were installed by donors. Juice and a piece of fruit are also given to each learner. A special activity is organised at the end of every term, and at the end of every year. As most of the children come out of a difficult environment, the interaction and exercise is vitally important in preparation for their Grade 1 year.