Empowerment project a success

2017-07-13 06:01
Nkosinathi Gcelu, Pamella Ndzeku, Lubabalo Stephans, founder of Linika Leadership Foundation, Simone Tolbadi, Nosipho Nyathi, Noxolo Botha and Nstikelelo Ndlovu, during the youth programme, on Thursday, in Tambo Square.PHOTOS: mBONGISENI maseko

Nkosinathi Gcelu, Pamella Ndzeku, Lubabalo Stephans, founder of Linika Leadership Foundation, Simone Tolbadi, Nosipho Nyathi, Noxolo Botha and Nstikelelo Ndlovu, during the youth programme, on Thursday, in Tambo Square.PHOTOS: mBONGISENI maseko

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A group of youngsters who attended a programme aimed at empowering them in various fields, say they felt the course was worthwhile in their prospects, moving forward.

It was held on Thursday at the Grace Community Church hall in Tambo Village.

The programme by Linika Leadership Foundation hosted youth from the area and Gugulethu and beyond.

Founder Lubabalo Stephans, said the programme focused on empowering the youth on issues of leadership, education, entrepreneurship, development and community transformation.

The foundation works closely with students from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), the University of Western Cape (UWC) and Stellenbosch University (US).

It was formed as a forum in 2008 and it changed to a foundation in 2014.

The youth participated in solution seeking activities such as debating about issues like poverty in their areas, unemployment, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, crime and many other issues affecting them.

Stephans said they have seen positive results since the foundation was launched nationwide.

“We teach them to be credible leaders that will bring about changes in society. We have mentors and life coaches. We also counsell them as some go through depression. We also tutor them on their school work. We go and look for bursaries for those who are struggling financially. We also teach them to take start small scale gardening in their yards. We have seen positive results. We negotiate with schools to take back youth who have dropped-out,” he said.

Nkosinathi Gcelu, 30, one of the youth who attended the event, said the programme was good for the youth.

“It is very informative. It has a great impact on the lives of the youth here. We, as the church, decided to partner with the foundation after we realised that we have a common goal which is to empower youth,” Gcelu said.

Simone Tolbadi, 16, also applauded the programme. “It is very encouraging. It helped me in a way that I managed to set my goals on my school work, to choose correct friends and do not fall for peer pressure. I feel confident about it. I really enjoyed myself here,” Tolbadi said.

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