May’khethele – Choma Cafés
06/5/18 12:56 PM
The May’khethele DREAMS program was fortunate to receive four Choma Cafés last year.
The Choma Cafés aim to provide girl-friendly, safe and fun meeting spaces for DREAMS program activities including psycho-social support, life and financial capabilities skills, HIV prevention, skills development and access to the internet and other resources. The Café creates a safe space for Girls to talk about their problems and to research about topics on choma.co.za; which has answers to all questions young girls have and are often scared to ask.
The Cafés are Wifi-enabled to provide the girls with easy access to the internet, and also solar powered, which makes them self-sustaining, sustainable and eco-friendly.
The Choma Cafés are located in four of our schools and are opened daily for girls to access them. There is also a staff member with them if they want to talk with someone in person.
Internship – Plastic Pollution
06/5/18 12:18 PM
On Sunday was international Earth day to raise awareness about Plastic pollution that it is poisoning the oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health.
The Internship Project took that as a chance and talked about Plastic Pollution in their training. They looked at the problem of plastic and how it doesn’t decompose.
They also talked about the problem of single-use plastic and what they could personally do to make an impact (eg using reusable bags for shopping and sharing the information with others).
They also used some plastic rubbish and recycled them into containers, toys, jewellery etc. to learn to reuse plastic instead of throwing it away.
The Bridge Project – Drug Awareness
06/5/18 12:11 PM
Last week the Bridge Project had a Drug Awareness Campaign in the Amaoti No3 Secondary School. This school is facing the challenge of drug abuse and was very happy with the visit of the Bridge Project.
Together with Partners from SAPS, Correctional Services, Department of health and the Local Counsellor, it was a great Campaign, especially the visit of former prisoners and their testimony made a big impression on the scholars.
The Event highlighted for them, that if they keep on using drugs their life might end up in prison or with an addiction and bigger problems with the choices they make.
Change Agents – Peer Education
06/5/18 11:57 AM
Last week the Change Agents Project successfully launched their Peer Education Program. Peers and Teachers from 4 High Schools attended the Event.
The following topics were highlighted:
a) Who qualifies to be a peer educator.
b) Roles and duties of a peer educator.
c) Future plans for peer educators per school.
Peer educators seemed eager to be the ones advocating for their peers, they had already identified issues that need to be attended to in their schools and have a plan on how to deal with it.
It was motivating to hear how one Peer encouraged others and gave them the assurance that they have power to do so much more than they think.
Among other issues these were some that the peers identified:
• A Wish to have 100% Pass rate and holding campaigns to encourage learners to form study groups in order to pass all subjects
• A decrease in Teenage Pregnancy
• No Sexual harassment
• Eliminate Substance Abuse
• Wish to collect clothes and food parcels then identify needy families
The Peer Education Program has the potential to change mindsets
and encourage young people to work together.
Khayalethu – Azusa
06/5/18 11:48 AM
Thank you so much Azusa Pacific
Sam, Ali, Allison, Cobie, Easton, Hailey, Hannah and Reily we are so grateful for your support and service with us in the last seven weeks. You have shown the kids love and were a great help in our daily Mission to give hope to children and youth.
Have a great time in Capetown and a safe trip back to the States. We will never forget you.
Bridge Project – Out of School
06/5/18 11:45 AM
The Bridge Project was hosting an Out of School Graduation Ceremony last weekend.
They successfully completed the Financial Capability and Entrepreneurship skills training and can call themselves proudly Achievers, Successors and Conquerors.
Khayalethu – Varsity College
06/5/18 11:37 AM
Yesterday Ntombi and Katha went to Varsity College Pietermaritzburg for their annual NGO Connex.
It was a great time engaging with students and explaining to them about YFC KZN and how they can get involved in community service. We are looking forward to a great Partnership with Varsity College.
03/8/18 8:43 AM
Gardening plays a big part in our Community work Strategy. It helps the children develop as they learn that they can grow vegetables for themselves as long as they continue taking care of their garden.
The children in Mountainrise were all working together cleaning up their garden area and preparing it for new seedlings.
National Office visits YFC KZN
03/2/18 11:52 AM
Yesterday YFC KZN had visitors from the YFC National Office Leadership Team. Ed Ramsami our new National Director, Marcus Van Wyk our new Process Director and Sally Mann (former YFC KZN Regional Director) will be the new national Programmes Director.
After devotions in the morning and a presentation about the new leadership structure of YFC SA. The leadership team were given an overview of all the different Projects YFC runs here in KZN and visited some of the sites.
We look forward to new ideas and input from the National Office.
Tennyson House Project
02/26/18 11:41 AM
Last weekend the Tennyson House Staff members had a great time at L’abri. They used the camp for team building and are ready to give hope to children and youth.