My name is Hennie Byleveld. I am a karate instructor.
I have a karate school in one of Pretoria, South Africa's, poorer areas. Most of my student are children. When I started the school, I realised that a lot of the children has got problems and through reaching out we can help them to solve some of their problems.
Some students are to poor to pay for classes and so I train them for free, but this bring along other problems. The students needs to be affiliated to get proper recognised certificates for their training. This is but one part that we need help with.
Some students work harder than others and such students should be able to go to championships and competitions to show their skill. I currently have 4 students in a team to represent South Africa in a world championship later on this year in Swakopmund, Namibia. A lot of help is needed here.
Then there's equipment. We need some equipment for our training. unfortunately training equipment is very expensive. Needed essential equipment will cost about$4000 USD. We also need help here.
Our help with the students does not stop with the karate. I have just assisted a mother with helping to get her 17year old back on track where she needed to be, through our training. We helped another youngster with maths handbooks. We helped some other students with clothing for their families. We help some of the students to obtain karate suits, which are not exactly cheap. This past winter my wife hand knitted a whole bunch of gloves for the kids and even a parent or two, for free.
Out of the above it is evident that we can do so much more for the kids and the community, but we need backup, so I urge everybody that reach this to help with what little you can.
We undertook this responsibility, because we believe in not giving a man a fish for one day, but give him a rod and teach him to fish for a lifetime.