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
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
Love to Langa does incredible work in the townships surrounding Cape Town. We are 100% volunteer driven, meaning all donations go directly to the projects and people in the communities where we work. Our priority is helping bring new opportunities to children in the form of scholarships, extra-curricular activities and field trips. Amy, the founder has a heart of gold and has devoted the last 4 years to fostering relationships with the teachers and children at the schools we partner with. Kissmea Adams, Love to Langa's driving force on the ground, has been working in the non-profit/early childhood development field for years and her passion for her work is unparalleled. Our work is successful largely as a result of her devotion and hard work. If you are looking for an organization to donate too or volunteer with I highly recommend Love to Langa. You won't be sorry!