YFC/KZN KHAYALETHU OUTREACH PROGRAM SUPPORT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF NORTHDALE CLINIC
12/10/18 11:52 AM
The Khayalethu Outreach Program supported the official opening of the Northdale Clinic on Friday, 30 November 2018.
The Northdale Clinic Operations Manager, Lkamonie Bennie said it was important for the clinic to be opened officially, to make its existence and services known to the Northdale community. “This clinic exists to help provide medical care for community members and urged them to make use of the facility. We encourage parents in the community to bring their children for check-ups regularly since it’s essential for their growth and development”, explained Bennie.
EPWORTH HIGH GIVES HOPE TO COMMUNITIES IN NEED
12/3/18 12:34 PM
Epworth High School pupils had an outreach program for the “Khayalethu Community Drop in Centres” on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. The pupils spent three hours planting spinach, cabbage and beetroot seedlings in Swapo, Masons and Mountain Rise informal settlement
The purpose for this outreach program was to expose the pupils to a different environment and for them to see the living conditions of other communities. Grade 10 pupil, Andile Cele said she is glad that they had an opportunity to give back to the communities that are in need. “We are doing this to express our love and care for other people. Gardening is a good and simple way of producing food and should be considered by every househould”, said Cele.
MOUNTAIN RISE COMMUNITY MEMBERS ACCEPT CHRIST AS THEIR LORD AND SAVIOUR
11/22/18 3:53 PM
The Mountain Rise community members made a commitment to God during a prayer service that was held by “God Created the Family before the Church Christian Organisation”. The service was held on Saturday, 17 November 2018 at the Khayalethu Mountain Rise community drop – in centre.
VARSITY COLLEGE PLAYDATE ENTERTAINS BENEFICIARIES
11/20/18 10:00 AM
Children from various communities were entertained by Varsity College students on Saturday, 10 November 2018 at Khayalethu Boys Shelter. The sunny day that was filled with love, joy and laughter saw at least 50 children playing games and enjoying cooked meals and splashes.
The children participated in a mini competition and winners were awarded with goodies. They also engaged in a bible lesson and sports activity. Philiswa Xaki, Varsity College student said the purpose of this day was for the team to get involved in social and community work. She further explained that children need to be loved and protected. “Spending time with the children was a humbling and a beautiful experience. They are so bubbly and confident and it would be nice to visit them again”, said Xaki.
PARENTS CAMP TO SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THE CHILDREN
11/19/18 2:00 PM
The Khayalethu Community Program recently organised a camp for parents and children who came from various communities in and around Pietermaritzburg. The purpose of the weekend camp was to give the parents an opportunity to spend quality time with their children and improve their relationship.
Simphiwe Sithole, Khayalethu Community Program Coordinator said this camp was an important initiative that had to materialise sooner or later. He explained that the staff noticed a relationship and communication gap between parents and children who are the beneficiaries of the program” We wanted to create an environment where parents can bond with their children. This will allow them to know each other better and address certain issues”, said Sithole.
YFC/KZN KHAYALETHU OUTREACH BENEFICIARIES WON AGAINST YMCA
11/12/18 3:19 PM
The YFC/KZN Khayalethu outreach beneficiaries won the friendly soccer match against Young Men Christian Association (9-1). The match that took place on Thursday, 08 November 2018 at the YMCA Sports ground saw beneficiaries socializing and showcasing their talent.
Greg Jewel, YFC/KZN Outreach Facilitator said the match was organised to entertain the beneficiaries and to get their minds on something else rather than smoking “I am glad that the guys are having fun. I am also impressed by their talent and passion for soccer”, said Jewel.
Dazz Jefferson, YMCA Health and Sports Coordinator said the some of the beneficiaries have the potential to play at a professional level. “I am glad that these are not just games, but platforms where we identify talented players and nominate them to participate in the Homeless Soccer World Cup that takes place annually in Mexico”, said Jefferson.
Jabu Maya (14), the man of the match said he loves soccer and hopes to become a soccer star one day. “I am happy that we played well and won this game. I wish I can play like Simphiwe Tshabalala when I grow up”, said happy Maya.
Khayalethu Beneficaries paint their emotions
10/12/18 3:36 PM
Khayalethu beneficiaries expressed their emotions through painting and drawing on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 during the bathing and washing program. The beneficiaries were drawing with freedom and excitement while sitting under the tree on a hot day of spring.
Blessing Zondi, Outreach Facilitator, said it is a good idea for the beneficiaries to engage in different activities and get creative. “We spend most of our time indoors and engaging in heated discussions and debates. We thought it is good to give the beneficiaries an opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts through painting and drawing. I am happy to see everyone participating and enjoying this activity”, said Zondi.
Gaba Nothi, who joined the bathing and washing program a couple of weeks ago, said her painting is about the love she has for her family. “I drew a heart on my t-shirt as a symbol for my love for my siblings. I don’t have parents and my siblings are the only thing that I have. I enjoyed this activity and cannot wait to wear my t-shirt”, said Nothi.
KHAYALETHU OUTREACH SERVE LOVE ON A PLATE
09/29/18 11:39 AM
The outreach project continues to make a difference in the lives of those living in the streets of Pietermaritzburg. The beneficiaries of Khayalethu come on Mondays and Wednesdays every week for washing and bathing and receive a meal at one of our shelters in Pine Street.
The Washing and Bathing Mentor, Blessing Zondi said he is happy to see an increase in the number of beneficiaries who are making use of the program. “The number of our beneficiaries has increased and we had a beautiful session today. We had an opportunity to exchange opinions and ideas with our beneficiaries and this is an indication that we are going somewhere as an organisation”, said Zondi.
Phukz Zua, who is one of the beneficiaries of Washing and Bathing said, if it was not for programs like this his life would be worse than what it is now.” I cannot imagine my life without this centre. This is where I find hope and courage to change my life and reunite with my family one day. We get to sit with people we know and who cares and loves us”.
Another beneficiary, Phaki Mmeli said, he loves the program and hope to have one of his own one day. “I would also love to have my own organisation similar to this one, so that I can have a good influence in the life of others. We find peace here since we pray and share the word of God. I am sure that our lives will change for the better one day. We get the opportunity to bath and wash our clothes in this centre. I am so clean that you cannot even tell that I live on the street”, said Mmeli.
Khayalethu – Awareness Campagne
07/26/18 10:58 AM
The Khayalethu Care Unit organized an Awareness Campagne for the children from our Community Centres as well as children that the Outreach Team works with on the streets.
The South African Police Department gave a talk on substance abuse and the consequences of using drugs and how crime can affect their future. They also emphasized that the police are there to help and protect them and shouldn’t be their enemy. Whizzkidz talked about the services they do, and also spoke about abstinence and how to make the right choices.
Yandi and Makhosi also shared their testimonies. Yandi was a drug user and had lost hope in life but with the help of YFC, he was able to go to Siyakhula Rehabilitation and is now attending school. He motivated other young children not TO do drugs because they can turn your life upside down.
Makhosi shared her story about the difficulties of being a teen mother and how God has been good to her. She wanted to abort her child when she found out she was pregnant but was lead on the right track and found people that helped her through raising a child while being a teenager. She told the children that they should wait for the right partner and time to have children but even when it happens that there are people who can help.
The event was a great success where our beneficiaries were able to hear about life stories and how important it is for them to make the right choices.
Khayalethu – Holiday Club
07/12/18 2:14 PM
The Khayalethu community staff ran a community Holiday Club at the Raisethorpe community centre for all community children from the 25-29 June 2018.
The holiday club ended was a massive success. There was an average of 130 Children attending the Holiday Club every day.
Each day the program started with Khayalethu community workers collecting children from there community centres and dropping them at the Raisethorpe community centre. We then started the program with some prayer and singing led by the children themselves.
After that, we had a lesson on the topic of Hygiene. The children learned lessons on the importance to handwashing, how germs spread, why we need clean drinking water, how to make a water tap out of recyclable materials and how to keep healthy.
The YDC’s then led a Bible story daily. This was a drama to teach the story. The bible stories covered over the course of the week looked at children in the Bible who made a difference.
After the Bible story, the children formed smaller groups and that group time consisted of some questions and discussion to reinforce the hygiene lesson, as well as the bible story and then games, were played. This time of the day was very special as it gave staff and interns a chance to connect more personally with individual children.
After group time lunch was served. We were very fortunate to have some food donations over the course of the week. With those donations we were able to feed the children Bunny Chows for 1 day, Jam and Peanut Butter sandwiches for 1 day, Polony sandwiches for 2 days and Romans Pizza as a special treat on Friday. We are grateful to Romans pizza PMB, the individual who donated bunnies and Albany Bread for the donations over the course of the week. These donors helped us ensure our kids left the holiday club with full tummies and happy hearts.
A special thank you needs to go to Sanitech for the subsidized porta-loos that were donated for the week. The Raisethorpe community centre is still waiting for a permanent toilet to be put in and there was some concern with how the week would function without toilet facilities. Sanitech gave us two toilets for the total cost of R500. This fee was paid for by a Kind Sponsor in Australia (Dr. Dylan Barth).
We are also appreciative to Raisethorpe Catholic church and Father Basil for the privilege to run Holiday Club at the community centre which is situated on their property.