Helping children rise up

2019-07-16 06:00
Children from Retreat who attend the Rise Up initiative programmes are treated to a tour of Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. PHOTO: Racine edwardes

Children from Retreat who attend the Rise Up initiative programmes are treated to a tour of Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope. PHOTO: Racine edwardes

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Ivan Jones and his wife, Bronwyn, are empowering children and unemployed mothers in the Lavender Hill area by taking them out of their usual surroundings to experience what Cape Town has to offer.

Rise Up is an initiative that was started by the Jones family about four years ago, which they have seen bear great fruits, and now they’re expanding further by adding excursions to their portfolio of work.

“Rise Up was started four years ago, in honour of four children who were shot on the corner of Grindel Crescent in Lavender Hill,” Ivan explained.

What was initially a programme to get children off the streets and out of the line of fire, has evolved into a programme that sees about 200 children each week who visit the premises at Lavender Hill High School for a number of activities.

They run an after-school programme called Making Academics Bearable to help children with their school work and to improve their literacy.

This was started after they realised that many children who form part of the Rise Up programme are unable to read and write even in Grades 3 and 4.

On Saturday 13 July, they held their first Rise Up excursion which saw about 14 children and two unemployed mothers take a trip to Cape Point to see all the wonders of the Cape.

This was the first excursion for the programme and forms part of a fortnightly trip that will see about 30 children and four mothers visiting Cape Point and Table Mountain each month.

Ivan explained the motive behind the trip. “When we did some research on the brain we learned that whatever your eyes see, is what your body will gravitate towards and that is something I’ll never forget.

“We want to get these kids out of Lavender Hill where they see terrible things and take them to a place where they will be able to get a better perspective of what there is outside their neighbourhood.”

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