BCF News & Articles
Why BCF will still have every cent in the bank after C19
Written by Alan   

17 June 2020

Our business model differs significantly from most charities with their offices and salaried staff which absorb a relatively high percentage of donations before they fund any project.

BCF does not have offices or salaried staff. Since BCF was launched in 2010 everyone has worked from home and all our country managers, directors, facilitators and Eva McCann our enthusiastic social media marketing specialist are either volunteers or paid by the hour or day for the work they do.

All our facilitators are either retired people or have independent means and do not rely on BCF for a regular income.

With this business model we have been able to survive the lockdown with every cent of donor money still in our bank accounts. In fact BCF is better off financially than before the lockdown as interest on our investments has yielded a small return. As soon as regulations relax BCF will complete delivery of projects to benefit 660,000 children and students.

Perhaps other charities/non-profits should consider adapting elements of the BCF business model to increase the percentage of donations which reaches the intended recipient.

This also extends to private or public sector organisations.

 
The best good news story this year?
Written by Alan   

9 June 2020

As soon as lockdown regulations permit BCF will complete the training of 1,020 principals to turn their schools into centres of excellence. These schools, all in the north of the Limpopo Province of South Africa bordering on Zimbabwe and the Kruger National Park, are attended by over 600,000 learners. Most schools are situated in rural villages where poverty, unemployment and a breakdown of family life is endemic. The majority of children are raised by grandparents, carers or other children relying on state subsidies to feed and care for their families.

Despite the circumstances in which these schools operate, it is confidently expected that, within three years, over 70% of the learners at these schools who write the matriculation examination will obtain a university or technical university matriculation pass opening their way to attend university (which is free to the poor in SA), take up a meaningful apprenticeship or join an incompany training programme. Many of these young people will ultimately escape a life in poverty and proudly enjoy a middle-class lifestyle.

Every year a new cohort of 100,000 children will benefit by being able to attend a school which operates as a centre of excellence. This means that by 2024 over a million children will have benefited by being able to attend schools in Limpopo which operate as centres of excellence and ultimately have the opportunity to escape a life in poverty.

Perhaps, just as inspiring, is the fact that the investment made by Worley Ltd who sponsored this programme cost them only R2 or 10p per child/beneficiary.

 
What we are doing as we emerge from Lockdown
Written by Alan   

2 June 2020

We hope you found the articles we published over the past eight weeks to assist you, your friends and colleagues create a harmonious home get through the Lockdown useful.

If you missed some of them just scroll down.

Our management and facilitation teams have used the lockdown to radically review all our training materials. We believe we have made our workshops more relevant and impactful resulting in a higher rate of rapid implementation.

We are currently examining ways to present webinars to train people all over the world how to conduct our Win-Win Parenting Skills Programme for parents living in their communities either by webinar or when workshops are permitted face to face. This should appeal in particular to religious and community leaders.  If you know anyone who might wish to train parents in their community please contact me This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our Country Managers in Gambia and Malawi both report progress in discussions with a view to launching the International Schools Centres of Excellence Programme in their countries.

As soon as the law permits we will complete the training of 1,020 principals in the Limpopo province of South Africa to turn their schools into centres of excellence, and the training or 167 pastors and teachers to train parents in parenting skills in Botswana and South Africa who are expected to train approximately 6,500 parents.

 
Creating Harmony in Your Home - Suggestion No 8 - The Countdown Technique
Written by Alan   

28 May 2020

Imagine you have had a hard day at the office and have just curled up on the couch to read a book or watch your favourite soap or football game. You are just getting into it when someone picks you up and drags you into the kitchen to wash the dishes without even asking you. You would probably be outraged. You might even have a tantrum. Same with little people. They are busy people playing a game on the floor and you swoop on them without warning and take them to bed, or tell them to put away their toys immediately and get dressed to go out. No wonder they have a tantrum.

By using the Countdown Technique you are able to very respectfully tell them that in, say, 15 minutes it will be bedtime, or in 15 minutes you will be going out and they will need to put their toys away and be ready to go out.

The steps are

1. Give the children a specific time e.g. 15 minutes to finish what they are doing, put their toys away and get dressed ready to go out, come to table to eat, or before they must go to bed, etc.

2. Place a clock where they can see it.

3. As the countdown proceeds tell them every few minutes how much time is left.

Children need to mentally prepare themselves for change.

Try to remember to keep all your interactions with your children respectful. Respect and love has to be earned - even from the little people.

 
Each child must bring their own mug
Written by Alan   

28 May 2020

When I was at school if you wanted to drink water you went to the bathroom, bent over the basin and 'drank from the tap'.

Little could spread the Covid 19 virus faster.

I appeal to every ministry of education and every school principal to insist that every child brings their own mug or cup to school to drink from.

 
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