Red Frogs

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I have been part of Red Frogs Brighton since they set up in September. I have loved being part of the team: volunteering, building relationship and serving others.

Here are some of the events I have been part of with Red Frogs:
– Freshers fair giving out ice-pops, doughnuts, penny boards, red frogs,
– Hydration station outside a large club in Brighton
– Wednesday Pancake night at Varley halls at Brighton University

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Red Frogs Vision
As a result of safeguarding a generation of young people, Red Frogs Support Network will empower young people to make positive life choices and become a voice of change within their culture.

Red Frogs Mission
Red Frogs is a support program for young people from the ages of 15 – 25. Red Frogs recognize that the culture of young people is dominated by alcohol and that excessive consumption of alcohol and other substances can lead to dangerous and life altering behaviours. Therefore Red Frogs make it their mission to provide a positive peer presence in alcohol-fuelled environments where young people gather, educate young people on safe partying behaviours, and promote and provide non-alcoholic and/or diversionary activities that engage young people in these environments.

Red Frogs Core Values
SERVING
As a result of being practical, available and consistent in serving, we are placed in a position of trust with young people, thereby enabling us to disciple them through some of the most challenging times of their lives.

We take every opportunity to engage in acts of generosity that foster relationship and display genuine care and concern for the lives of others.

INTEGRITY
Through expecting our actions to meet a standard of excellence we cultivate a culture of responsibility and accountability that promotes transparency.

We believe that to display professionalism in our approach, our programs and activities, we equip staff and volunteers by mentoring, training and resourcing to effectively engage in their work with young people.

RELATIONSHIP
We recognize that each young person has an innate need for belonging and relationship. Therefore it is our heart to create healthy pathways for young people to have these needs fulfilled.

We understand the importance of open communication and collaboratation between staff, volunteers and Red Frog networks, including ‘Friends of the Red Frog’, sponsors and partners. Therefore we highly promote and engage in team work and relationship building activities that enable these processes to happen.

If you want to find out more, please let me know.

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ICS Tearfund Volunteer Programme

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In January, I will be volunteering for 10 weeks on a development programme in South Africa with a Tearfund.

I need to raise £800 for them.

This is part of International Citizen Service (ICS), which brings young people together to fight poverty and make a difference where it is needed the most. I’ll be leading a team and working alongside other volunteers from the UK and volunteers from South Africa, for an organisation called ‘Zoe-Life’. The goal of ‘Zoe-Life’ is to transform the lives of children, vulnerable families and communities that have been affected by disease, poverty and injustice.

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What is ICS?
ICS is a UK government-funded development programme that brings together 18 to 25-year-olds from all backgrounds to fight poverty in overseas and UK communities.

Throughout the programme ICS will send 7000 UK volunteers to work alongside 7000 local volunteers in developing countries, so they can share skills, knowledge and passion to make a meaningful contribution to fighting poverty. Think about the bigger picture – by sharing skills and knowledge within the community overseas, think about how many people you will be reaching.

The volunteers’ impact does not stop overseas. By August 2015 ICS will have created 14,000 active citizens who will take their learnings and energy from their ICS experience to help shape our future for the better.

ICS volunteers live and work alongside local people on projects of lasting value. All ICS projects are committed to delivering real impact on the ground in partnership with local communities. And every overseas community that we work with has specifically asked for the energy and enthusiasm of our youth volunteers.

What will I be doing?

We’ll be working with a group of well established projects, in association with Tearfund, who achieve some incredible things in the local communities.

These projects include:

The 1000 Hills Community Helpers – improving the lives of HIV/Aids infected and affected children and adults through treatment, clinics, feeding schemes, counselling, Home-based care, crèches and support groups;

Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust – a multifaceted HIV/AIDS project that serves all those impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing unconditional love and hope in practical, sustainable way;

Ingane Yami Children’s Village– working with house mums who have given up their lives for orphaned children in order to restore hope in their lives;

Lily of the Valley– a Children’s Home situation in Eston, between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, which accommodates children who are abandoned or orphaned as a result of parental AIDS suffering;

Focus on iThemba – Located in KwaZulu-Natal, this innovative organisation is driven by five core pillars: the iThemba Academic provides Foundation Phase schooling for disadvantaged children; the iThemba Homes offer quality foster care homes for vulnerable children; the iThemba Community uplifts crèches in the Valley of 1000 Hills; the iThemba Campus celebrates our indigenous flora & our iThemba Friends & Donors sustain the good work that occurs here daily.

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School fees in Zimbabwe

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I have recently come back from Zimbabwe, where I taught in a Secondary School. I met some amazing pupils and teachers. I still have the joy to chat to them on a daily basis through Whatsapp.

I was sadden today when I was talking to a form 3 (equivalent to year 10) student today in Zimbabwe. I knew that it was a legal requirement to go to school but the families have to pay school fees. It works out about £40 a month per student. That’s nothing in our society, where we earn double or triple this in a day!

However, to these families it is everything. Only 10% of the country are employed so the others have to scrape money from anything they can sell. Most people won’t buy things off them as they can’t afford it themselves. These people live in tiny one room houses, where they are six or seven people living in them. They live in poverty.

When chatting to her, she was saying that she is currently not allowed to go to school as her Mum has no money to pay the fees. All she wants to do is learn. This brings tears to my eyes. Apparently schools think that money is more important than the pupils.

She asked me to come back to teach her.

I know I have made a difference in their lives and helped those in need.

You can too.

Donate here and you will be helping me go to South Africa to help children like these. All they want to do is learn.

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