“Songo has humble beginnings: from a dream of providing a safe space for children to play on bikes, it has evolved into an Educational and Sports programme focused on creating a long-term impact for the children in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. Our key objective is that every child who comes through the Songo programme goes on to be a confident, well-rounded individual who is gainfully employed and a contributing member of the community. We currently have 85 children from ages 6 to 24 years within the Songo family.”
- Mountain biking
- Songo tots
- General school support
- Reading eggs
- Tertiary education support
They aim to broaden the children’s horizons, assisting them to gain the skills that enable them to cope with the challenges that life throws at them.
Transaction Junction has ongoing initiatives to support the Songo children and staff. Songo is very personal to us, we make monthly visits to check-in, help out wherever possible, and of course, ride bikes with the kids on their awesome trail!
We facilitated the launch of TANKS at Songo. TANKS is a problem-solving game that teaches the basics of programming in a fun and creative way. Using a combination of tokens and an app, TANKS is an initiative that can introduce anyone to the world of coding without the need for a computer. Songo was already equipped with School in a Box which is an initiative that supports learning through tablets – this, along with the tokens, provided the platform for us to do the launch.
We set up a computer lab to provide a space where children visit after school to do homework, print materials and in-turn improve their computer literacy. We set up the infrastructure, installed WiFi and we also donate laptops on a regular basis.
We also provide ongoing in-house IT training for the Songo staff to enable them to provide their own IT services.