Young lives transformed

2015-06-02 06:00

To help and provide guidance to children with the aim of improving their quality of life. This is exactly what a Retreat resident is doing through his non-profit organisation.

Randall Manasse established Kick Start in 2012 in an effort to transform and impact on the lives of people in his community as well as Lavender Hill and Khayelitsha.

“The organisation was formally registered last year and we have continued to provide people with opportunities for positive personal change while focusing particularly on children and the elderly,” he says.

The organisation provides a number of services, including a feeding scheme to hand out balanced meals to the “defenceless and vulnerable children and the aged”.

“We provide the elderly with food hampers monthly and assist children with school supplies, uniforms, shoes and school bags. We also assist tertiary students by providing food, hygiene products and clothing,” he says.

Manasse says the organisation’s mission is to empower poor communities to become self-relient through education and opportunities to succeed.

“We believe that children thrive best in their own homes, so we provide families in need with the care and support to ensure their children’s safety and well-being in a loving environment,” he says.

Through Kick Start, Manasse hopes to empower the youth by providing job opportunities and making them more “attractive” to employment providers.

The children are exposed to the Kick Start programmes on a one-to-one basis.

Weekly activities and sessions promoting cultural, artistic and sports skills are held.

“This gives the children a sense of belonging while doing something fun which builds their skills and knowledge. Our objective is to facilitate and encourage youth development through the after-school activities in our homework club three times a week,” he says.

Manasse says the club reduces the risk of the children getting involved in criminal activity and, instead, helps “develop a generation of children who realise their future goals”.

“We do this by offering the children skills training and opportunities to learn work­able skills.

“We also keep the elderly involved in the community by making available programmes that enhance their living conditions,” he says.

Currently the organisation supports about 210 children and 30 adults through the feeding scheme, reading programme, skills training and sports activities which are held once a week

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