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Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Education, Preschools, Youth Development

Mission: We're a US-based non-profit organization. We empower leadership within impoverished communities and we empower children to learn.

Results: Built a classroom at Philippi Children's Centre, Completed Love to Langa Swimming Academy, Funded academic and transportation scholarships for 15 children since 2012, Fund swim lesson scholarships, Funded enrichment activities such as photography workshop, Dinosaur Show excursion, Snake Show for 1,000 attendees, Provided teacher training program support, Commenced fundraising for Hazel's Centre of Hope orphanage

Target demographics: children and teachers in the disadvantaged Townships of Cape Town.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500

Geographic areas served: Cape Town, South Africa

Programs: school and swim lesson scholarships, training programs

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Amy Ostroff, the co-founder of Love to Langa through volunteering for Art Goes To School ' where we teach art appreciation to students from Kindergarten through 8th grade in our local public schools. Her devotion for the underprivileged kids in South Africa prompted my husband and I to make regular donations to her charity. Over the years, we have seen the great work Love to Langa has done to teach, provide facilities, photography workshops, Swim Academy ' to improve the education and conditions of kids who would otherwise not have had the chance. For my 50th birthday, I chose Love to Langa as my charity in lieu of gifts so that I could get my friends and family involved in this beautiful work. I was thoroughly touched by the lovely video they sent me with the kids saying 'Thank You.' (Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqabrhd0Ygw&feature=youtu.be) I am privileged to know Amy and glad to be sharing in her dream! Niti Sanghrajka

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amy Octroff, founder of Love to Langa came into our lives when we desperately needed her organisation's support. Love to Langa has helped us in the most difficult of times, not just with cash donations, school supplies, food but with emotional support for the teachers and myself, the principal.
How do I, Sandra Lucas, even begin to describe my gratitude to Love to Langa who monitors us monthly. It has been an absolute pleasure to an organisation that truly inspires us to do better and gives the children hope. If families go through difficult periods, Love to Langa does home visits to assist. Who does this? Love to Langa does!

Thank you to all at Love to Langa for your unconditional support and commitment.

Sandra Lucas
Principal
Mfuleni Early Childhood Development Centre

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Thank you for all that you do for the children and families in your community, Sandra! We have a great partnership!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Five years ago Amy Ostroff contacted me to assist with reporting on a project in South Africa. She was and is still based in the USA. I am a Project Manager in South Africa and also report and evaluate projects for clients. She visited South Africa and we clicked, not just on a professional level but a personal one to. This woman creeps into your heart with her passion to help children in need. It's infectious and from that moment I knew I wanted to be part of the organisation she started with her husband Jon Ostroff, who is just as giving and caring.
At the beginning Love to Langa was not really known and partnered with other non profits on projects. Soon everyone started noticing Love to Langa as they branched out more on their own. As of 2016, Love to Langa started their own project with amazing results, with no partners, just themselves. The Love to Langa Swimming Academy opened its doors to the Philippi community. An indoor, heated all year round pool for all to enjoy. I am proud to say Love to Langa supports children with outings, training, scholarships in Mfuleni, Philippi and Claremont. As a committed South African I am so proud to be affiliated to Love to Langa. It does not make empty promises but actually churns out completed project one after the other. All this is is monitored by a committed board. Love to Langa has become a NGO that looked upon with respect in Cape Town, South Africa.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love to Langa is a way to donate for education, for kids and for people who truly need the help of those who have more than enough. The photos of the kids are the reward for your donations; precious beyond words.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This summer my family and I visited South Africa and spent a day visiting the Love to Langa facilities. It was so much fun interacting with the kids at the Philippi Children's Centre. They had so much energy, and the teachers there are doing a great job! We also visited the swimming pool which was incredible, as was the teacher. Overall, it was really a lot of fun, and it was great to see how many people care about the education of these children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so happy to support this wonderful effort. All the money goes to the community. Not only do they support basic needs, and academic education, but what Love to Langa gives the children is self esteem, as they help uncover and develop new abilities, interests and expose the children to new opportunities. Amy has a heart of gold and works tirelessly to ensure they maintain their high standards.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Mother and I visited the Philippi Children’s Centre and had an absolutely moving experience. The children laughed, smiled, and hugged us repeatedly. The furnished classroom was incredible, as was the new swimming pool that had just opened. It was easy to see how much these beautiful facilities helped the children!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The devotion and support given to Love to Langa is exceptional! It is a pleasure for me to support a group that gives so much and does so much. Our world would be a better place if there were more people involved in helping others as this group is. I am so proud to support Love to Langa in their many projects. I hope they have a bright future in continuing their selfless work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When two remarkable individuals are inspired to fix the world (Tikkun olam) miracles start to happen. Every single dollar goes to the work. Your money does not go to "overhead". These kids are being transformed and the work has just begun!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The value of each dollar donated to Love to Langa is maximized, staff is entirely of volunteers, 100% of donations go towards programs, and the board is super passionate about creating opportunities for kids.

2 Tom_104

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amy Ostroff works non stop to enrich other people's lives selflessly. Amy is an amazing person and I am proud to help her with Love to Langa technology.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love to Langa is an outstanding example of a purely intentioned and effective nonprofit. It all starts with the amazing leadership, who direct every penny donated towards their mission. They have been able to provide a beautiful new facility, and soon a swimming pool, to the benefit of children in need. The name starts with love, and it couldn't be more fitting.

3 Shawn36

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having worked with nonprofits for over 35 years, first as a child advocate and most recently as executive director of a stateside organization that serves children and families, I am honored to be associated with Love to Langa. The good will accomplished by this organization on behalf of children is beyond wondrous!! The education support offered in the form of books, supplies, programs, and technical assistance to educators ensures that learning is enjoyed and consistent; and paves the way for future success. And words can't express what the new swim school will mean to the lives of these children ; the decrease in deaths due to drowning and the regular exposure to exercise , sportsmanship , practice, setting anf achievement of goals is a blessing for this community. Love to Langa makes this possible!!!!!

3 Gisa K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Four years ago I met Amy and Jon Ostroff when they were looking for a South African to monitor a project of theirs that they were funding. A deep relationship flourished and I introduced Amanda (currently a board member) who I consider to be one of the most competent woman I encountered. Love to Langa formed an amazing board and the projects started to take us all by storm.

Scholarships, outings, teacher training, celebrating staff and schools, building and volunteering are but a few that Love to Langa deliver. The non- profit is all about empowering, developing and assisting projects to sustain themselves.

Love to Langa is a project that I highly recommend to support. It has proven time and time again by delivering projects.

Kissmea Adams

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our entire family visited the school and classroom that Love to Langa helped construct. We also know that they have provided a swimming pool (ear completion) for the neighborhood children. This is a gift beyond measure, especially for children who live in such poverty. In an age where we know education is key, L to L has initiated incredible projects and provided hope to so many.
Beth Reisboard

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Donor

Rating: 5

The team at Love to Langa are doing incredible work with limited funds - making a meaningful difference in the lives of children who deserve the chance that life didn't hand them, but that Love to Langa is trying to provide. Every dollar they collect goes toward the benefit of the kids. Love to Langa is based on love and true caring with 100% integrity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

L to L is an organization truly dedicated to providing resources to kids. I know that money is going directly to the kids to provide life changing experienced and opportunities. An amazing charity that you would be proud to support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My tour of the facilities supported by Love to Langa was quite impressive and meaningful. The needs are great and Love to Langa is making a difference. Besides direct services to many needy children, they are training teachers to provide the best programs. This is an excellent organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I watch what these guys have done for a long time now.
They bring smiles to so many under privileged children's faces.
How they do it and why do it is wonderful.
Hy Mayerson

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Board Member

Rating: 5

If you believe that love and support are essential ingredients for a happy and healthy life, then you understand the driving motivation behind Love to Langa (the name gives it away). If you ask why it benefits orphaned children from South Africa as opposed to some other worthy group, of which there are many, then you must understand Love to Langa's other motivation: to maximize its capital, both human and financial, to effect the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people. Amy and the folks at Love to Langa are making a meaningful difference in the lives of so many kids and they're doing it with an extremely limited budget. I know the numbers so please believe me when I tell you 100 cents of every dollar is spent for the direct benefit of the kids. There are many nonprofits doing truly meaningful work on behalf of those most in need. Love to Langa is one of them.