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Change Agents – Peer Educator Training

08/6/18 10:00 AM

The Change Agents Project ran a winter holiday camp for the Peer Leaders who are a very important aspect of our work.

We all have stories to tell and what these young people shared gave the Team a good idea of the challenges the Peer Leaders are dealing with and what needs to be looked at.

They all shared their stories of how life would have been different with caring parents. One of the peers wrote the following poem.

What kind of a mother are you

You chose a man over your daughter

You left me a house so that I can stay alone, where is the warmth in that house

Who do I share my happiness and frustrations with?

How do you even sleep at night knowing very well that you left a girl child alone?

I feel like an orphan yet you are alive

I had to change schools 6 times just because in every school I get bullied

Who should I tell, who will fight for me?

In grade 9 I almost went to jail because I stabbed a girl, who was a close friend

I shared my misery with her but then when we had an argument she called me an orphan

You’re very happy taking care of your stepchildren but you abandoned me.

I almost got rapped when someone was trying to get into the house at night while I was alone

And all you said was why I didn’t lock the door….

What kind of mother are you

It would’ve been better to know that you died.

 

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.

Tennyson House – Winter School Program

07/24/18 10:47 AM

The Tennyson House Girls Shelter ran a Winter school program during the holidays that aimed to give the team and the children more time to study and get support with the subjects they are struggling with in school.

It was also a time for other important life skills and activities to be learned for the children to be able to live independently, this included sewing and baking. The children were also able to use the time and learn computer skills with the help of the computers we have in our library.

Some time was also spent in the park for the children to relax and have fun and spend time in nature.

The Team planned out the week very efficiently so it was a very successful week and helped the children a lot.

 

Mandela Day 2018

07/18/18 2:58 PM
Today the Admin Team from YFC KZN took the initiative and went out to spend their 67 minutes and serve others instead of being served.
We went to the Isabel Beardmore Home and served Tea, Coffee and Cake and spent some quality time with the residents to chat and sing together.
It was a wonderful opportunity for the admin team and we were happy to be able to put a smile on their faces. The staff and residents of the home appreciated having us there.

 

Mandela Day

07/16/18 3:45 PM

We need your help to give HOPE to children and youth!

 

Let us celebrate Mandela’s Legacy this month by making this world a better place, by taking action against poverty.

Youth for Christ KZN is in great need of the following items and support.

  • Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, facecloths, roll ons, sanitary pads, body lotion, toilet paper)
  • Household items (Pots, Pans, Plates, Cutlery, Crockery, Microwave, Kettle)
  • Stationary (Pens, Pencils, Exercise Books, Erasers, Sharpeners, Copy Paper, Scientific Calculators, Lunchboxes)
  • School Uniforms, School Shoes
  • Games (Chess, Scrabble, Times up etc.)
  • Non-perishable food items (tinned food, bags of mealie meal, bags of rice, sugar, tea etc)
  • Expansion of our Community Gardens (fencing, fertilizer, gardening tools)
  • Sports Equipment
  • Painting of the office walls
  • Buying of Jungle Gym and the Installation of Jungle Gyms in the Community Centres
  • Cleaning of the Tennyson House Girls Shelter Carpet
  • Bring lunch for children
  • Taking children out for i.E. dinner, movie, picnic, zoo, historical place etc.

Should you have any of the following items and would like to support Youth for Christ KZN, please feel free to drop it off at our offices in Pietermaritzburg at 190 Pine Street or in Durban at 1280 Umgeni Road. Please feel free to contact us at katha@youthkzn.co.za or give us a call on 033 345 2970 and we can arrange pick up.

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.

 

 

Khayalethu Project – Parents Workshop

07/12/18 12:25 PM

Last week the Social Work Team facilitated a Parents Workshop for all the Parents of Children that are part of the Aftercare Program.

They had a conversation about the problems each family is facing and how YFC can assist them. At the end of the day, one of the beneficiaries shared the story of his life on the street and the support structures that helped him become the men he is now.

Mandela Day 2018

07/12/18 12:23 PM

Let us celebrate Mandela’s Legacy this month by making this world a better place, by taking action against poverty.

Youth for Christ KZN is in great need of the following items and support.

  • Toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, facecloths, roll ons, sanitary pads, body lotion, toilet paper)
  • Household items (Pots, Pans, Plates, Cutlery, Crockery, Microwave, Kettle)
  • Stationary (Pens, Pencils, Exercise Books, Erasers, Sharpeners, Copy Paper, Scientific Calculators, Lunchboxes)
  • School Uniforms, School Shoes
  • Games (Chess, Scrabble, Times up etc.)
  • Non-perishable food items (tinned food, bags of mealie meal, bags of rice, sugar, tea etc)
  • Expansion of our Community Gardens (fencing, fertilizer, gardening tools)
  • Sports Equipment
  • Painting of the office walls
  • Buying of Jungle Gym and the Installation of Jungle Gyms in the Community Centres
  • Cleaning of the Tennyson House Girls Shelter Carpet
  • Bring lunch for children
  • Taking children out for i.E. dinner, movie, picnic, zoo, historical place etc.

Should you have any of the following items and would like to support Youth for Christ KZN, please feel free to drop it off at our offices in Pietermaritzburg at 190 Pine Street or in Durban at 1280 Umgeni Road. Please feel free to contact us at katha@youthkzn.co.za or give us a call on 033 345 2970 and we can arrange pick up.

Tennyson House – Youth Day

07/12/18 12:18 PM

The Tennyson House Project hosted a Youth day Event last week which was sponsored by one of our former beneficiaries.

The Tennyson Shelter Girls, the After Care Programme and the Change Agents were part of this event and all attendees received a cup.

We are very grateful to see young people become successful adults and it is even greater when they then take the opportunity to give back to children and youth in need.

Change Agents – Youth Day

07/12/18 12:15 PM

On June 16 the Change Agents Project had an event in the Ntuzuma Township Taxi Rank. Different young artists were showcasing their talents and different Speakers were encouraging the youth about why we should always celebrate June 16 and never forget about it.

 

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