About us

Buddies 4 Life is different

BUDDIES 4 LIFE NPC was founded in 2020, with schools located in Namibia and South Africa, dedicated to the education and care of young children from the ages of 3-6 years.


At BUDDIES 4 LIFE we are committed to rekindle hope in children by starting at the foundation of pre-school education and ensuring that they are fed and cared for in a safe and fun learning environment. As a private, non-profit organization, BUDDIES 4 LIFE aspires to make South Africa a better place for all its people by valuing the joy, curiosity, and innocence of childhood through the provision of the basic rights of education and stable access to food, which so many children do not have. 

Staying true to our core values, our basic fundamentals encompass the 9 fruits of the Spirit as our ethos– love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, goodness, kindness, gentleness and self-control. We pride ourselves on ensuring you know when your donations are going and we have accountability. 

Non-profit organization

BUDDIES 4 LIFE has a tax-exempt status and is BBBEE accredited, which means donations made to BUDDIES 4 LIFE are deductible from the donor’s tax liability in terms of section 18 of the Income Tax Act. For every donation, we will provide you with a Section 18A certificate. For every donation, at your request we will provide you with a Section 18A certificate.

 

Preschool education

The first six years of a child’s life are critical for their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.

Research has found that a child’s general perception of their surrounding, whether positive or negative, greatly influences their feeling of self-worth, confidence, independence, and has impact on their future well-being. At BUDDIES 4 LIFE, we provide a loving and structured setting together with a fun learning environment to instil self-confidence and dignity in our children with the aim to prepare them for primary school and for future success.

We hope to see the children which attend BUDDIES 4 LIFE become today’s leaders of change in their communities and future leaders in making South Africa a better place for all.

BUDDIES 4 LIFE teaches the curriculum developed by AMOS in which the children will follow a 12-theme program culminating in the theme aimed at preparing them for ‘big school’.

Daily food/meals

BUDDIES 4 LIFE provides a daily breakfast and lunch to the children who attend the school. These meals, which are prepared onsite, encourage the children to attend the school and it enables them to concentrate while learning. For some, these meals would be the only food which they would receive for that day. These two meals help provide the vitamins and minerals which their growing bodies need to continue to develop physically and cognitively. 

Friends a.k.a Buddies

Good friends are vital to a child’s healthy development both emotionally and morally. Through interacting with friends, children learn many social skills, such as how to communicate, cooperate, and solve problems. They practice controlling their emotions and responding to the emotions of others. Children develop the ability to think through and negotiate different situations that arise in their relations through teamwork and problem-solving. At BUDDIES 4 LIFE we aim to provide an environment for the creation of healthy life-long friendships

AMOS Curriculum

We follow an educational curriculum developed by AMOS (the Amos Meerkat Syllabus) which has 12 themes. Each theme stretches over a period of 3 weeks. For each theme, the children are provided with a workbook which they work through with the guidance of a teacher. Our teachers are provided with a theme book which consists of lessons in both Afrikaans and English, lesson plans and visual pages for each theme. The 12 themes are: My School, Myself, Senses, Colours, Shapes, Time, Farm, South Africa, Transport, Wild Animals, Christmas and off to big school. 

 

We also use the following visuals and literacy tools:

·        Bomani Meerkat & other stories,

·        Bomani Meerkat The friendship feather and other adventures and

·        Good night, Good Day stories for small ears – all by Ewald van Rensburg.

·        Loli the Leopard by Ben Nussbaum

 

See our Get Involved page for more information on how you can become a Buddies 4 life partner to support our vision of the provision of food and education to children in need.