The child sponsorship is a vital part of Metro Kids Africa. The children chosen to be part of the sponsorship programme are children that are consistent, faithful attendees of Metro Kids Africa programmes. The children chosen all live in impoverished areas and extra support from a sponsor can make a huge difference in their lives.
The sponsor is invited to become a part of the child’s life; encouraging them, believing in them, showing the child someone cares as well as listening and taking an interest in how their life is going. The sponsor can write to the child as often as they wish and the sponsored child will reply.
Metro Kids Africa will always act as the middle person in this relationship to protect the child and the sponsor from anything untoward. All communications will go through Metro Kids Africa.
There is a monthly cost for the sponsor and this donation goes to help the programmes that the child attends. The school or after-school programme provides much needed Christian based life skills teaching and guidance to help young lives develop in a positive way. The sponsored child will also receive regular home visits from a mentor and a food parcel for the whole family.
When you become a sponsor to a child you are going to make a difference in an African child's life! The children who are part of the sponsorship programme are from South Africa. Life for many children in South Africa is tough. South Africa has one of the highest gun related murder statistics of many countries. Crime, gangs, HIV, child rape and not having a father are all daily issues that children face. The innocence of childhood does not happen if you grow up in the disadvantaged areas of South Africa.
We will be starting the sponsorship programme in Uganda soon, watch this space.
You can become a part of this sponsorship programme for only CHF 25, $25 or £25 a month by clicking the sign up button.
I would like to sponsor a child:
Costs are: CHF 25, $25 or £25 a month
When to volunteer
January – June
September – December
For you to benefit most from this experience it is best to come when all programmes are in operation. However, we seek to accommodate volunteers at any time of the year.
Volunteers will stay in a family home in Pinelands, a pleasant safe suburb in Cape Town where the Metro Kids Africa office is based.
Accommodation and food costs are approximately R7000 per month.
Personal entertainment costs obviously vary on what you want to do, but South Africa is a less expensive holiday destination compared to Europe or the USA.
Here at Metro Kids Africa, we work closely with volunteers. There are opportunities to work alongside children and teenagers and help make a difference in their lives.
There are different ways of volunteering, from helping at a weekly Sidewalk after-schools site: to being part of the team at a local school; to making costumes for drama plays; to helping with administration; to blessing the work of Metro Kids Africa with a financial gift. Please consider giving a little of yourself to support the young people of your country and be part of transforming lives.
Internship with MKA
As I stepped into the plane in Switzerland, I wasn’t sure which emotion I felt the strongest. The anticipation of the adventure ahead of me, the sadness about not being able to see my family and friends for such a long time or my nervousness about what was coming. My thoughts were running wild. But when I finally landed in South Africa after a 12-hour flight I knew that the time lying ahead was going to be something I would never forget. Three months in a foreign land, in a foreign culture among foreign people.
When I drove through the Townships for the first time it broke my heart. I have never before experienced such poverty. But when I saw how happy the children were, that were chasing after our Land Rover I understood that their richesses were measured so differently from ours. The little papers that we distributed had so much value for the kids. Their joy was so overwhelming and contagious. I don’t think I will ever forget how they ran after our car and screamed “Sidewalk, Sidewalk” at the top of their lungs. For them the few hours in which we held Sunday school were the highlight of their week.
But sometimes we had to disappoint them. When gang wars made it too dangerous to gather so many people in one place. When gunshots could fly any second and collateral damage didn’t matter. In those moments I became really aware of what it meant to grow up in the townships. Those kids can hardly play outside and if they do their toys are dirt, stones, shoes that serve as goalposts and sometimes a ball. Their way to school is dangerous and the training of their teachers definitely wouldn’t meet swiss standards. Violence, robberies and even death are always present.
And still there is hope. When you look around in the office of MKA you can see how God is at work. The whole team that works there grew up in the townships themselves. They all visited Sidewalk Sunday School and it is amazing how God pulled them to his heart and is building his kingdom through them. I was able to learn so much from them and I miss them dearly. Working with them always meant good moods, sugar with a little coffee and loud music. Even though their work is challenging, they do it with passion and joy.
Mostly because of them, my time with Metro was a huge step out of my comfort zone. They often challenged me to try new things (for instance sheepshead and chicken feet) and to come out of my shell. I experienced what it means to love radically. I was also challenged in my thinking and got to know God in a different way. And over and over again I got to know myself better.
I think the hardest part, I had to learn was how much my heart was dependent on money. How could I ever think that a cool shirt or new shoes could have more value than the smile of a child? Here in Switzerland everybody is so concerned about money and we don’t even realize how incredibly blessed we are. And even worse: we don’t realize what a blessing we were called to be.
My time with Metro Kids Africa changed my perspective on life completely. Things became important to me which I used to take for granted, such as running water and enough electricity. God lit a fire in my heart that can’t be extinguished again. If you are longing for God to light that same spark in you, I can only recommend you to take a step out of your boat, begin an adventure and trust, that Jesus will be with you.
Church groups or individuals from around the world
We welcome church groups or individuals to come and visit Metro Kids Africa and see for yourself how life is lived in the townships of South Africa. We can promise you this visit will touch your heart and make a lasting impression as you see the passionate young people Metro Kids Africa works alongside. Despite the many hardships these young people have grown up with, it is inspiring to see them standing up in their own communities and challenging their peers and younger children to live a life based on Christian principles.
Opportunities to serve:
Help with the weekly programmes
Be part of a special camp
Lead training days for staff and Leaders
Be part of a special project with compassionate care
We welcome people to come and spend three or six months or even longer at Metro Kids Africa. This is an opportunity for personal growth as you see at firsthand how others in a different culture live. You will become part of the team and join the weekly programmes.
What you will learn
- You will develop new skills working with children.
- You will learn how to teach Christian lessons to children whether that be in a church situation, at school or in a community.
- You will grow in your relationship with Jesus and learn to rely on Him as you step out of your comfort zone.
- You will see yourself being personally developed as you learn to work with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
What you will do
You will join the team in carrying out the programmes that happen each week.
Mornings are mainly office based planning for the Sidewalk after school programmes, making props and various teaching and personal growth opportunities.
Afternoons you will be out and about in the communities we work in. You will join in home visits, Sidewalk programmes, compassionate care giving, and teenage training sessions.
Hi my name is Kyleigh Grosvenor. I am an eighteen year old student from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. I had the most incredible opportunity to spend a month as an intern this past June and July. I have been to Cape Town twice before with teams of 30 other students, but not as an intern for Metro Kids, I spent 24 hours traveling over on my own. I spent a month in Cape Town, just me and the Lord.
I was blessed to have been hosted by James and Janet, who graciously loved me as their own. It was an honor getting to know the Seniors and their story. We were made to live in community with one another, and community is created through vulnerability and getting to know someone and their story. Being off on my own in Cape Town allowed the Lord to constantly surround me with community. And I will forever be thankful for the Seniors, their welcomeness, wisdom, and community they created for me.
My absolute favorite part of my trip was spending time with the staff. Whether we were in the office painting props, or out in the townships handing out flyers. They constantly were loving on me. They supported me and encouraged me. And always kept an eye on me. I loved getting to know bits and pieces of their hearts and stories. My hardest goodbye was leaving the staff who have become my new best friends.
My first week with Metro Kids, I was brought to an office to meet 10 new faces whose first language is Xhosa. At first this was very difficult for me to pick up and understand what was going on. But as I got to know the staff and got the swing of things in the office, I loved being apart of their culture and community. They attempted (I was not the greatest…) to teach me a few words in Xhosa and I loved it. I grew to appreciate and see first hand that God’s love knows no language.
During my time with Metro Kids, I had the opportunity to be apart of their Sidewalk events and a Holiday Club. Sidewalk gave me a real look at their culture. I loved getting to be apart of this Sunday school event, hearing all the children pray aloud in Xhosa and jump around for Jesus. And Holiday Club was incredible - to say the very least. I spent 2 of the many weeks the staff spent in preparation for this week, working on dramas and props and nametags - which the staff worked SO hard on. Holiday Club was the coolest thing to be apart of. It was a week full of loving on kids and watching them sing loud for their Father in Heaven.
I also met my sweet new little penpal during Holiday Club and now I get to be apart of her every day. Crazy how the Lord works. Honored to now be able to love on her all the way from America.
I wouldn’t change anything about my time with Metro Kids. Truly the most life changing month of my entire life.
I couldn’t possibly thank the Lord enough for Metro Kids. For James and Janet. And their ministry. He knew exactly what He was doing when He placed me with the Seniors. When He placed Metro Kids on my heart. I thank Him so much for the staff. For their hearts. For their stories. I also thank Him for the children of Metro Kids. Kids that bring out my best possible me. Kids I got to dance around with. Kids I got to love on with all of me.
Metro Kids is a ministry chasing discipleship across Cape Town and I am absolutely honored to have been apart of that.
No week is ever the same. At Metro Kids Africa we value whatever special skill you have and seek to utilize this. Our past volunteers have benefitted Metro Kids Africa greatly whether it be through teaching drama, art, computer skills, financial planning or graphic design; each volunteer has added something to Metro Kids Africa and been a blessing to us.
Africa is an amazing place to have a holiday. Whether you are in Uganda or Cape Town, South Africa we know you will have a special time. We would love you to challenge yourself and give your holiday more meaning by taking time out from the tourist attractions and see how local people live. We invite you to come along and be part of the children's programmes, home visits or visit your sponsored child. When you spend time with local children and connect to a family your heart will be touched with compassion. Spending a day with the Metro Kids Africa team would be a highlight of your holiday as you see how children and teenagers are being transformed and are impacting their own local communities with the love of Christ.
Book an event with us
Metro Kids Africa is impacting communities by "Helping Children Create a Better Future" in Africa, but we need your help to continue doing this. Help us spread the work of Metro Kids Africa by booking an event in your area. Each year James, the founding Chief Executive Officer, visits churches, special events or small groups of people to share about Metro Kids Africa. We want to bring the love of Christ to more children and would love you to help us do this. It does not matter where you live as James travels regularly, sharing about Metro Kids Africa and the impact it is having on young lives.
Please contact us to find out how you can help with an event in your area.