Event to address sugar-daddy trend

2016-08-18 06:00

A LOCAL NGO has taken up Government’s call to wean young girls from sugar-daddies.

Sakhe Singamadoda Youth Programmes will be hosting an event for young women at the Humansdorp Country Club from 10:00 to 13:00 on Monday, August 22.

NGO spokesman Chris Buka said they expected a good turn-out, with schools and churches supporting the event.

“We were inspired to arrange the event by the Health Minister’s recent plea that girls should be kept in school till matric and warned against getting involved with ‘sugar-daddies’ or ‘blessers’,” he said.

The Health Minister’s plea came at the launch of a three-year programme which will see the Department of Health focusing on girls and young women, in the age group 15 to 24 years, and the men who are infecting and impregnating them.

The local programme would seek to achieve the same objectives as the national one:

  • Decreasing infections in girls and young women
  • Decreasing teenage pregnancy
  • Decreasing sexual and gender-based violence
  • Keeping girls in school until matric; and
  • Increasing economic opportunities for young women to try to wean them away from sugar-daddies.

Buka said girls and young women in the Kouga region faced similar challenges to their nationwide counterparts.

“Our communities need to take a strong stand against this type of abuse. Our futures depend on it,” he said.

Sakhe Singamadoda is a community-based organisation that was established some two years ago. It offers training and support in parenting, fatherhood and manhood. The programmes are offered at schools, churches and the broader community.

The organisation earlier this year received funding from the Department of Social Deve-lopment to assist them in running their various programmes, including the first Fathers & Men of Honour Awards, set for November.

“We want to make the most of the funding and faith the Department has placed in us,” Buka said. “Our aim is to build stronger communities by making sure that our children, young men and young women have proper guidance and rolemodels to help them on their way.”

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