Camp teaches children life skills

2016-10-19 06:00
CHILDREN from different non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Thabo Mofutsanayana District Municipality during the recent children's camp that was hosted by the Catholic Community Services (CCS) at the Petronela Guest House outside Bethlehem. Photo: Thabo Mokoena

CHILDREN from different non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Thabo Mofutsanayana District Municipality during the recent children's camp that was hosted by the Catholic Community Services (CCS) at the Petronela Guest House outside Bethlehem. Photo: Thabo Mokoena

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BETHLEHEM. – The Catholic Community Services (CCS) recently hosted a children’s camp at the Petronela Guest House outside Bethlehem where children were equipped with life skills.

The camp was for orphans and vulnerable children aged 10 to 13 years, of different non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that were funded by the CCS.

NGO representatives and children who attended the camp were from Tlosa Tlala (Senekal), Ikemeleng (Bethlehem), the Phumelela Tswelopele Community Centre (Harrismith), Sedibeng (Ficksburg), Thembalihle (Vrede), St Rose (Rosendal) and Atlehang, Mosa and St Kizito, all three from Qwaqwa.

Mthetho Mashinini, CCS project manager under the Impilo programme, said they host the camps every year during the school holidays.

This helps the guardians, as the camp teaches the children skills that the guardians do not have time for, since they have a very tight schedule every week.

“Guardians have so many things they cannot do for the children.

“They cannot give the children confidence. They cannot pick or manage their friendships. They cannot always be their coaches.

“This is our work as CCS to help the guardians,” he said.

Mashinini told Express Eastern Free State that CCS saw fit to help the parents in all these aspects by hosting a week camp.

“We engaged the children in some fun and exciting activities to keep them off the street during the holidays.

“It was a successful camp, although children from different towns attended the camp,” he concluded.

Sandile Tshabalala (12) from Atlehang NGO said he was happy to be part of the life skills camp.

“I was not sure about my career, but my facilitators helped me to figure it out and I will start doing research about it as soon as now,” said Sandile.

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