Church haven for kids

2017-07-06 06:01
Baptist Pentecost Church is hosting winter schools programme, in Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Baptist Pentecost Church is hosting winter schools programme, in Khayelitsha.PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Children in Khayelitsha’s Graceland andthe local police have applauded the efforts of a local church at continuously hosting a winter school holiday programme.

The programme, now in its third year is run by the Baptist Pentecost Church, under by Bishop Sizwe Nyobole.

Nyobole said this programme is set to promote safety of the children during the school holidays.

“The children are very happy here. I go door to door and ask parents to send their children here during the day.

The children are involved drama, sports and music.

They do not have to be members of the church to attend. I am planning to start a garden project,” Nyobole said.

He said there were over 160 children who attended the opening of the programme on Monday.

The children come from Graceland, Town Two, Ekuphumuleni, I Section and Eerste River.

Nyobole said he is working closely with the police and social workers for the duration of the programme.

Sergeant Xoliswa Nyalambisa, communications officer at Lingelethu Police Station, said it is a good programme as it keeps the children away from danger.

“Some parents are at work during the day so the children are left alone at home. It is such a good session.

“The children will not get missing when they are here. This programme is also giving us as police an opportunity to interact with children. We raise awareness to them at the young age not to get involve in crime. We do visit them in schools, but the time is limited there.

“Having too much time on their own makes them vulnerable of learning about crime,” Nyalambisa said.

Aviwe Boya, 15, said is always good for them.

“I feel honoured to be part of this programme. We do not get bored when we are here.

“They keep us entertained. We always look forward to the programme. It must continue in future,” Boya said.

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