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But when you learn about the hardship many kids in the region have to face growing up, your enthusiasm vanishes and you get frustrated, if you hear from parents mistreating their children and local governments abandoning then in worn down schools. In the villages surrounding Tzaneen you find a mix of problems related to poverty, health and social issues, but you will also find the scouts and that makes the difference, because being a scout makes a difference to the children living in this harsh environment.

Amazing kids

My name is Meg Smyth, I am 71 yrs old and I come from Riverton in South Australia. In 2004 my friend Rose Argent and I travelled to Keep The Dream196 in Tzaneen South Africa to experience the real South Africa and not the tourist Africa. We wanted to see the real world, and we did.

Last days of SA winteR

On behalf of KNH I visited Limpopo partners, on 26/27.08. Keep the Dream 196 was on my agenda. Firstly, we go to a Journey of Life workshop in which 15 mothers of scouts talk about their own childhood and reflect on how they can support their children in having a brighter future. They share about their families and they enjoy playing the games which illustrate the message of the modules. 15 women who are willing to face serious facts, but also who love and laugh and have so much potential.

Scout Packs

I have just come back from a visit to Burgersdorp (approximately 30kms from Tzaneen) where I met over 100 children from 1st, 2nd & 3rd Burgersdorp Scout Troop and Cub Packs. These kids have come from all over this village at my request so that I could introduce a prospective donor to the life skills program. The kids are always eager and keen to meet together and show off what they are doing. Their passion for this program keeps me going when the day to day struggles with beaurocracy threaten to push me under.

ILLEGAL Business

What is the worlds second largest ILLEGAL Business GLOBALLY Your probably thinking “What on earth am I talking about?” But ask your self the question any way! If you answered Armaments like missiles, tanks, bombs, guns etc you are wrong that is the 3rd largest illegal global business. The second largest ILLEGAL Business GLOBALLY is human trafficking! Shocked? Surprised? Devastated? We should be. Today people become commodities and are trafficked across the globe for a variety of reasons such as: labour; sexual exploitation; soldiers; and organ trafficking.

Mark & Katie

Although it happened in 2012, children living in greater Tzaneen may remember one astonishing koala. This koala's unique talent was riding a bicycle.

The koala's name was Katie and she cycled in tandem with me through Africa. We started in Uganda and made our way to Tzaneen in August of 2012. The reason was to raise awareness of the support and activities provided by Keep the Dream 196 for orphaned and vulnerable children. When we arrived, many of the children being supported by KTD196 waited at the roadside to meet Katie, the koala. Wherever she went, Katie was an attraction.


Hi everyone, I'm Max I'm from Germany and I volunteered since last year August 2012 for KTD196. My time here in Tzaneen and with KTD196 is now at an end. So today I would like to share some of the experiences I had during this time and what I learnt.


Ashley and I had an amazing, wonderful, eye-opening time in Tzaneen with Keep The Dream196. We got to witness first hand by staying in the community how effective the programs and support from KTD196 gives in the community and the difference the scouts program and the home based care workers are making to the lives of the children within these communities by providing education, care and support to these children and their families.

We would encourage anyone who is able, to get involved with KTD196 and