Ebhayi keeping kids busy during holidays

2017-04-12 06:02
Little Daisha Goliath (5) shows off earrings and a necklace she made at the Ebhayi We Care’s holiday programme at the Allan Hendrickse complex in Schauderville.Photo:ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Little Daisha Goliath (5) shows off earrings and a necklace she made at the Ebhayi We Care’s holiday programme at the Allan Hendrickse complex in Schauderville.Photo:ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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WHAT would have been another school holiday where these children are walking the streets exposed to all the elements, is now fun-filled days with many activities to keep them occupied with the bonus of something to fill empty tummies.

Ebhayi We Care is a non-profit organisation (NPO) who took it upon themselves to create a holiday programme for the children of the Schauderville, Korsten, Kensington and Holland Park areas.

This programme offers the children activities such as beading and learning to build their own kites.

Werner Hollander, chairperson, said the NPO has six board members and they founded the organisation in January this year. Apart from the holiday programme, the organisation also aims to empower the unemployed youth in the community.

“Our mission is to get the school drop-outs off the street. We want them to become skilled and to engage with training providers so that they are better equipped when looking for employment,” explained Hollander.

He further said that Ebhayi We Care aims to provide vocational training, a short skills programme, entrepreneurship, arts and crafts and a recycling programme.

“Every day we see the youth sitting around with no jobs and no future. We can’t sit back and expect government to do everything for us. We also need to do our part – with the assistance of government. That is why we want to enhance these young people’s chances of finding work.”

Board member Dudley Jacobs, who also runs a soup kitchen at Jarman Hall, said there are no proper parks or play areas in these neighbourhoods. “We want to teach them that their circumstances should not hold them back. They need to believe that they can also become doctors someday. It is our duty to teach them that they have a future,” Jacobs said.

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