‘I Care’: aiming to help streetkids turn the corner

2011-02-17 00:00

I CARE, the Durban-based charity organisation dedicated to rehabilitating boys living on the streets, is to launch a Pietermaritzburg branch to assist many of the city’s streetkids.

Yesterday members of the organisation, led by CEO Nevil Carrington, organised an outing for some of the boys outside the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The outing was intended as an opportunity for the boys and the I Care workers to meet; seven boys voluntarily attended.

Speaking to The Witness, Carrington says his organisation already has drop-in centres in Johannesburg and Durban and is looking at opening another centre in Pietermaritzburg in a few weeks.

“Today we are just meeting with the boys and we are also looking for a centre in the city where we will operate.

“The process to assist these boys is voluntary. We offer help to them and those who want it take it,” he says.

Carrington says the rehabilitation process takes up to a year. They first encourage the boys to visit a drop-in centre where they eat and shower and in the evening they go back to the street. Gradually as the boys learn to trust them they move to rehabilitate them.

The process has seven steps which end with the boys being trained in trading skills and being helped to find a job.

“While we put these boys through these steps we are always in constant contact with their families, and if the family life is right we place the boys back there and monitor them, but at times the family is not right so we house the boys at our centers.”

Carrington says the project has been successful so far and he urged the Pietermaritzburg community for support in getting the children off the street.

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