Injongo centre aims to empower

2016-06-09 06:00
Injongo Primary School pupils performing during the official opening of Uyesu Unathi Life Skills Centre last week.  PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

Injongo Primary School pupils performing during the official opening of Uyesu Unathi Life Skills Centre last week. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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Residents of B Section in Khayelitsha gathered for the launch of a new life skills centre on Friday.

Uyesu Unathi Christian Church unveiled its new life skills centre, which aims to empower the young and help them face societal challenges head on.

The centre was opened in memory of Laura Haas, one of the church’s founding members.

An event was held earlier in the year to celebrate her life and the work she did to uplift the people around Khayelitsha.

Chairman Sipho Xasana (33) said it was not easy to fill Laura’s shoes.

He added that the facility is for the community.

“We are looking forward to hearing the community’s ideas on how best to utilise it.”

Xazana said the centre will offer accommodation and food to grade 12 pupils who are preparing for their final
exams.

“We will give them food and accommodation, as well as access to a library for study purposes.

“The aim is to ensure that the matric pass rate in Khayelitsha increases.

“There are pupils who have difficulties when they have to prepare for their final exams because of the challenges brought on by their living conditions.

“As a church, we don’t want that to happen. “We will offer accommodation to 28 students from five schools around Khayelitsha.”

He said the opportunity is still open for members of the community to suggest possible uses for the centre.

“If we don’t involve the community during the planning phase, the facility might end up not being used because residents won’t know what to do with it.”

Councillor Philiswa Marman, who was also at the launch, pledged her support for the initiative.

“We will make sure the church grows bigger.”

She promised that the City of Cape Town would pay the church’s bills too.

Jonas Tywaku (39), a resident, said: “This facility will help our children pass their exams.”

The church provides food for the poor twice a week.

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