Kids kept indoors, abuzz

2018-07-12 06:00


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In an effort to keep children away from the streets, members of the Baptist Pentecostal Church in Graceland, Khayelitsha, held a youth safety program for the past week.

Bishop Rueben Sizwe Nyobole explained that the programme was designed to keep the youth busy and out of trouble during the school holidays, while also providing a safe space for them to learn about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, fire control and safety, xenophobia and HIV/Aids.

The department of safety, in partnership with the churches in and around Khayelitsha, hosts a youth programme for people between the ages 14 and 27.

The South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug (Sanca), the fire brigade, social development and clergy attended the programme to educate children.

“Some of the kids attending this programme have troubles at home and we provide them with the necessary support, like counselling, and we also pray for them and their families,” said Nyobole.

The programme runs from 9:00 to 16:00 and the kids are fed breakfast and lunch, which the department provides a budget for.

“This time we did not have enough funds as there were over a 150 children and we had to use money out of our own pockets,” said Nyobole.

Nyobole added that the kids take part in all a lot of other activities, including sports, singing and acting.

He stressed the need for a bigger space where the kids can play sports, and transport so that they can take the kids out on camps to make the programme even more exciting.

Alulutho (14) and Aviwe Boya (16), who have been attending the programme for the past two years, sat down with City Vision to share their experiences.

“The programme is important because we get to make new friends.”


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