NGO wins R10?000 youth award

2009-12-17 00:00

THE work of a local community development NGO has been recognised with a provincial award.

Hlanganani Ngothando (HNO) was placed second in the youth development category of the Social Development Department’s provincial NGO community development awards for 2009.

One of 12 finalists from a field of 523 candidates, HNO received R10 000 from the KZN Social Development MEC, Dr Meshack Radebe, at a ceremony in Durban last week. In addition to youth development, awards were given in three other categories: adults, the aged and group projects.

HNO director Christopher Luyt said: “We are very grateful to the department for recognising the work that we do and we appreciate the growing partnership between the state and NGOs. This is a wonderful privilege for us. The prize money will be put into HNO’s youth development work.”

HNO has been working in the greater Si­sonke area and Pietermaritzburg for 30 years. Its central administration is based in the city with branches extending into the southern Drakensberg, including Bulwer, Donnybrook, Creighton, Centacow, Ixopo, Sandanezwe, and Impendle.

Its work includes school life-skills programmes; prisoner rehabilitation; occupational, physio- and rehabilitative therapy for mentally and physically handicapped children; community development programmes; and specialised Aids and youth development programme outreach teams operating in and around Ingwe.

HNO is also known locally for its restorative justice programme in prisons and the Christmas Shoe Box project. Many local schools, businesses and churches help to make up shoe boxes of toiletries, school stationery, clothing and gifts for children at risk.

This year HNO collected 1 800 shoe boxes for distribution in the province.

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