Programme transforms kids’ lives

2019-12-19 06:00
Pastor Kwanele Cement addressing the children during the school holiday programme in New Crossroads.

Pastor Kwanele Cement addressing the children during the school holiday programme in New Crossroads.

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The New Crossroads Baptist Church is one of the churches that is assisting communities by taking children off the streets during the school holidays.

The church recently partnered with the provincial department of Community Safety for a safety programme to ensure children are taken off the streets.

The week-long programme kicked off on Monday 9 December and ended on Friday 13 December. It targeted children between the ages of nine and 21.

Church Pastor Kwanele Cement said they targeted 75 children daily, but they ended up with more children.

“Because of their different ages we had to divide them according to their age groups,” he said. He said besides teaching the children about Christianity, the SPCA gave a talk about animal care.

Cement said the City’s Fire and Rescue services taught the children about fire safety, while traffic services spoke about road safety.

The programme started three years ago and Cement said it has made a big difference in the children’s lives.

“Some of the children we have worked with have been completely out of gangsterism because they are part of other programmes that we run throughout the year,” he said.

He added that parents welcome what they do because they see the change it brings.

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