On March 7, 2012, Tamarin Simpson, founder of the Tippy Toes Foundation joined the QU301 South Africa class via Skype. Based in the Western Cape of South Africa, The Tippy Toes Foundation (TTF) “is based on the understanding that regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic position, tangible positive change can be accomplished by the simple act of people helping people.”
Tippy Toes Foundation Mission Statement
To bring about tangible, positive change in the communities of Melkbos and Atlantis by minimising the effects of gangsterism, drug use, physical abuse, unemployment and teenage pregnancy in these communities. By engaging the community in a loving way, we strive to uplift them through sport, education and simple acts of kindness.
Simpson gave the students an overview of the organization and the projects that are in progress. She also shared some of the needs of the communities with whom she works. (Be sure to check back for student reactions to speaking with Tamarin).
Throughout the semester, students will work in teams to develop project plans for a service project that the QU301 South Africa class will complete during the trip. After assessing the community of Varkplaas, the following projects were proposed:
- Build a soccer field
- Build a playground
- Gardening- Build a veggie garden/ find a way to prevent sand from blowing into homes
- Find a way to fix corrugated tin roofs
At the end of the semester, the teams will present their findings and the class will decide the feasibility of doing each project for this visit.
Please check back to see the how the project plans progress throughout the course.