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Love to Langa

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Nonprofit Overview

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

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love to Langa is making a real difference. My family and I had the great opportunity to make a visit to the Mfuleni Early Childhood Development Centre near Cape Town and meet the wonderful children and staff there. My wife and I, and our children of seven and twelve were able to play and interact with the children in the classroom, and as well see and meet the impressive work of the teaching staff and the principal. I was in touch with Amy Ostroff prior to our trip to South Africa and she helped arrange the visit. It was a truly special experience to be able to see where the money is going. Kissmea was a gracious host while visiting that day, ensuring we were able to see not only the Early Childhood development Centre, but also the Swim Academy at the Philippi Children's Center as well as the new site where they plan to build another early childhood center in Langa township. We were truly impressed with the school and the wonderful staff. It is clear that the resources for this charity are being put to work in an efficient, organized, and deliberate way. Love to Langa is changing the lives of many and I wholeheartedly recommend sharing part of your wealth to help us make big difference in the lives of these children.Peter B.

Courtnay Miszewski L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love to Langa supports children in South Africa and I am blown away at the generosity of American and South African Donors. I have known and worked with Love to Langa's project manager, Kissmea Adams, for 6 years. Projects are carefully monitored and evaluated ensuring proper reporting to donors.

Love to Langa has supported Philippi Children's Centre with R1.5 million to date with scholarships, a library, a Grade R classroom, a Learn to Swim indoor heated pool. Other projects are community feeding, outings, workshops and teacher training.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

what an experience it was to be part of Love To Langa. There’s nothing more amazing than giving back to those who really need it. I had been organizing a trip to South Africa to be able to give back some way or another and found Amy in the process. I wrote to her explaining what I had in mind and from there on, she helped me through the entire journey. Amy and Kissmea have a vision to make the world for kids a better place, that is exactly what they are doing and it’s coming to life. Kissmea was nice enough to drive us around the township and show us where the Montessori school will be built, it was a great area. I can’t wait to help further to make this dream come true. Thank you for having my family and myself, and for letting us take donations for the amazing group of kids you ladies are in charge of. Kisses and hugs to everyone that’s part of this amazing organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband recently visited the Mfuleni township, and wanted to know about possible ways to contribute positively. I did a lot of research, and Love to Langa was clearly the best choice for donating from the U.S. They are run by volunteers, so donations go directly to the people in need. You can also directly support children in Mfuleni, by donating through GlovalGiving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/send-at-risk-children-to-school-in-south-africa/#menu. They are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. I am not in any way connected to Love to Langa, but I wanted to add a positive review, because they are clearly doing good work.

1 Chelsea L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love to Langa is an incredible non-profit organization, that does incredible work in the impoverished communities of South Africa. The impact and change is tangible and has changed the lives of many!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the great and humble opportunity to help Love to Langa in it's graphic design endeavors. What I respect so much about this charity is that it focusses on providing education and empowering little children with tuition assistance in Langa. I admire Amy for so selflessly devoting her time and energy to such a selfless cause. This is a great non-profit organization and deserves all the laurels.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed watching all the amazing things Love to Langa has accomplished over the past eight years! They are truly the little charity that could!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past summer, I decided to take a trip of a lifetime to South Africa. This trip wasn't my typical resort or swamped tourist destination; I wanted this trip to be a learning experience, meaningful and of course, fun. I wanted to seek opportunities that would allow me to use my educational skills and my love for children in much-needed areas of South Africa.

After months of searching and reaching out to organizations, I found Love to Langa on a travel blog and immediately reached out to the co-founder, Amy. She welcomed me to visit some of the projects the organization currently supports. One of the projects is with the Mfuleni Early Childhood Centre. Once in Cape Town, board member Kissmea Adams drove me there and I met the principal, Sandra Lucas, who introduced me to the staff and teachers at the school. I was given an opportunity to pick a class to work with. Since I'm a Pre-Kindergarten teacher in Atlanta, GA, I decided to volunteer my time with the 4-6-year-old classroom and teacher Caroline. From the moment I walked into her classroom, she and the children made me feel welcome. Caroline is a very sweet, friendly, knowledgeable and inspirational person. She is passionate about teaching and enjoys every moment with her students. Working with Caroline was wonderful. To be working beside another early childhood educator who is passionate and willing to collaborate in sharing their ideas and knowledge was very special. During this time, we learned from each other. Her students taught me games and songs. I enjoyed sharing games and songs I use at home with them as well. Oh, I had an amazing time with Caroline and her students!

I am so glad to have discovered Love to Langa. Love to Langa is a great organization that is passionate about helping the townships of Cape Town. From teaching children how to swim to providing early childhood education and hosting teacher training workshops, Love to Langa has shown the people of South Africa that they are there to support them. We need more organizations like Amy's that help the children and the community as a whole. Many people know the old African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," well, it takes amazing organizations and their supporters to uplift a community. I believe that's what Love to Langa is doing for the communities of Cape Town.

Jonique Rance
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love to Langa is an amazing organization! I had the great opportunity to volunteer this past Mandela Day at one of their schools and helped with decorating cupcakes and face painting. It's the little things that can make the difference... except it's also the big things as Love to Langa built the school!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's been 7 years since my relationship with Love to Langa started. A friendly telecom from an American seeking assistance with monitoring a project in South Africa. She spoke with such passion and love for children in a country she did not reside in that I fell in love with a project I did not know. From that moment I knew I was going to absolutely love this woman. Fast forward a few months and I met the founders of Love to Langa, Amy and Jon Ostroff.
Love to Langa has grown from partnering with other non-profits to going solo on projects. The reputation of this tiny little non-profit in Cape Town, South Africa has grown from strength to strength. Love to Langa supports children with scholarships, feeds communities, trains teachers, built a library, built a classroom, support teacher salaries, school outings, volunteer projects, photography workshops, built an indoor swimming school. And..........wait for it........is building a one of a kind.......school in Langa in 2019.
Now go back 8 years, an American couple visits Cape Town, South Africa and they don't realise what they are about to start.........opportunities for those less privilege and smiles all around. Thank you Amy and Jon Ostroff and an amazing board. We did it!

Zachary P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love to Langa is a great non-profit providing real support to families and children of the broader Langa community in South Africa.

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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lovetolanga 09/28/2017

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

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

Review from #MyGivingStory

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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.

1

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!