On Sunday 14th April, 2019 Youth for Christ KwaZulu Natal (YFC/KZN) launched the new children’s drop-in centre at Ezinketheni. The centre is aimed at preventing children from going to live on the streets of Raisethorpe (a suburb just on the outskirts of the city centre).
Over 150 children from the Ezinketheni community were part of the event where they enjoyed burgers, sandwiches, soft drinks, chips and a play date with our Youth for Christ (YFC) and Khayalethu (KCH) staff.
One of the parents, Mercy Matukelo said she was overwhelmed by what is happening today “ This is beautiful our kids are going to have a safe place to play in and assistance in terms of homework, nothing like this ever happens in our community” said a grateful, Matukelo.
Speaking to Thembi Dladla, the El Sombrero Spur Manager on how grateful she felt for being part of this day, “We as the Spur family will continue to contribute more in the near future, may God keep blessing the good work that YFC is doing for the communities. Seeing the smile on these children’s faces was the highlight of the day”, said Dladla.
YFC/KZN Acting Regional Director, Liz Govender shared her gratitude all those who supported the event “A big thank you to all the stakeholders El Sombrero Spur, Barcelo’s, The Beauty Box and Whata loto fun for their support and also in sponsoring this event”, said Govender.
She added that the new drop-in centre is aimed at bringing hope and support to the children, youth and women of Ezinketheni. Govender added that the new drop-in centre forms part of our strategy to prevent children from leaving home to live on the streets. “Children will come to the centre during weekdays after school where they will be served sandwiches and juice, thereafter they will be assisted with their homework. We urge the community members to make use of this centre”, said Govender. She added that YFC/KZN is a progressive organisation that aims to reach out to as many communities in and around KwaZulu-Natal.
Youth for Christ KwaZulu Natal (YFC/KZN) was founded in May 1985 and is affiliated to its national body, YFC South Africa, which was established in 1946. The primary objective is to develop children and youth holistically – i.e. develop them mentally, socially, physically and spiritually.
The communities served by YFC/KZN are mostly townships, informal settlements and peri-rural areas where there is high unemployment and HIV infection, sexual abuse and rape, domestic violence, poverty and a lack of basic amenities.