A lot of children in the townships of Cape Town grow up in very harsh conditions, having to face the consequences of poverty, community violence, and malnutrition. Children often lack the resources to reach their full potential.
At Little Lions, we see there is a desperate need to focus on mental strength, confidence-building and to raise mental health awareness in children.
We want to help these little lions find their inner lion.
To make all this happen, I've decided to partner up with a magnificent, well-established NGO called Health Promoters (HPSA; www.healthpromoters.co.za). HPSA focuses primarily on physical health, and as their new division, Little Lions ensures that children from the townships can also work on their mental health. A wonderful combination that is fully supported by another partner, Promentis Healthcare, part of GGZ Netherlands.
Our goal is to ensure that children have access to free workshops to work on their emotional development, self-confidence and resilience. And all in an accessible, safe and fun way.
WHAT DO WE DO AT LITTLE LIONS?
We offer free mental health care and
workshops to children (8-18y) in different
communities around Cape Town.
In four weeks, these children (in a group
of max 8 children) learn:
to build, strengthen, and promote supportive relationships
to manage their emotions
more about their resilience and how to build it
how to find opportunities for personal change
A lot of children in the townships around Cape Town grow up in harsh conditions. From a young age, they are exposed to community violence, poverty, malnutrition and often don't have access to proper
Children are vulnerable, yet very resilient and show great abilities to learn more ways to cope with challenges
Early life interventions help to build a buffer against future hardships
We strongly believe that mentally strong children are the foundation for future success
AND HOW DO WE ENVISION THAT?
We create an easily accessible, safe and fun way for children to become mentally stronger, to find their inner lion.
The Little Lions bus (nicknamed Leonista aka "lion spirit") provides the perfect way for children to learn in a playful and informative way about mental health.
The bus becomes a mobile clinic, which will be able to drive to schools or park at the community centres and give workshops from the back of the bus.
WANT TO HELP? DONATE NOW!
Stichting Vrienden van de Health Promoters
NL02 RABO 0304815535
onder vermelding van: Little Lions.
Bank: Standard Bank
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ
Branch Code: 051001
Account Name: Health Promotion South Africa Trust
Account Nr.: 072 260 548
Reference: Little Lions