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Day of the African Child

Posted by Martin Keat

Today is the Day of the African Child. This is an international day of celebration and awareness raising in honour of those who participated in the Soweto uprising of 1976.
 
On the 16th June 1976 children and young people bravely stood against seemingly insurmountable odds to challenge the obstacles to their own education and ability to fulfil their potential in life. For many who have supported the people of South Africa over many years 16th June 1976 was a day that things changed and the difficult journey to freedom and democracy began in earnest. 
We at the Bishop Simeon Trust remain inspired by those brave and determined children and young people, just as we remain inspired by the brave and determined children and young people we work with today. 
Although gladly there is no Apartheid system left to struggle against the children of South Africa continue to face incredible challenges in their lives as they seek to achieve their full potential. It is their determination to conquer the appalling and continued impact of HIV/AIDS and poverty, to make the most of the education and the opportunities available to them, that drives us and our partners in the communities of South Africa to continue our efforts. 
When we see the children we support we see their potential. Perhaps there is the next Mandela in their midst? Or the scientists who could discover cures for the diseases which blight society? Possibly. But we also see fellow humans that we are bound to by the wonderful principle of Ubuntu, which tells us that our own humanity is diminished if we allow their humanity to be diminished. 
We at the Bishop Simeon Trust maintain our determined commitment to the children of South Africa and uphold the vision of our founders in supporting them so that they may lead their nation to a peaceful and prosperous future. We hope that you will continue to support us in this vital work. 

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A big part of our work here at the Bishop Simeon trust is committed to assuring that children and young adults in South Africa are able to challenge and conquer those obstacles in their lives that prevent them from accessing education and assuring that they can  make the most of the potential they possess to thrive and build a positive future.