Call for aid to open rehabilitation centre

2019-05-29 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedPastor Magic Khanyile of the Senzizwi Foundation.

PHOTO: suppliedPastor Magic Khanyile of the Senzizwi Foundation.

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THE SENZIZWI Foundation, a non-profit organisation which gives aid to young drug users, is asking for assistance in order to open a rehabilitation centre.

Pastor Magic Khanyile from the Senzizwi Foundation, which was established in 2016, said the high rate of young people who are involved in drugs is what motivated them to work towards opening a centre.

“We want to use this centre to help those who are ready to quit drugs and be rehabilitated.

“We already have the youth who have come forward saying that they want to quit. We are not going to force them but they will volunteer,” he said.

The rehabilitation centre will be located at Laycentre in Edendale.

Pastor Khanyile said that although the centre is for both males and females, they are focusing on female users first.

“We want to help them before they face things such as unwanted pregnancies and the like.

“We have already secured premises but it needs renovations and furniture.

“We are appealing to anyone who would like to assist us with anything since we are a non-profit organisation.

“We want to make sure that our children are living at a place that will make them feel safe and at home. We believe that will also contribute positively in encouraging them to stay out of drugs,” he said.

Pastor Khanyile said the facility will accommodate 10 people at a time so that they can get all the attention and help that they need. He added they will keep each group for six months but, if someone has made good progress before the end of six months, they will release the patient and accommodate others who also need help.

“We don’t want to only help them by quitting drugs. We will also do a background check on them to gain information about their educational qualifications,” the pastor said.

“We want them to leave the centre and start their new lives with something in hand that will secure their future. We will support those who need to finish their schooling and those who would like to gain tertiary education.”

If you would like to assist, please contact Pastor Magic Khanyile at 072 419 2332.

Pastor Magic Khanyile from the Senzizwi Foundation, which was established in 2016, said the high rate of young people who are involved in drugs is what motivated them to work towards opening a rehabilitation centre.

MK EVENTS and Promotions members Mukader and Mehroonisa Khan will be coordinating the first ever Mass Ifthaar of its kind in Pietermaritzburg this Saturday at the TPA Primary School Grounds on 25 Aintree Road.

“This is the first event of its kind in Pietermaritzburg, where we as the Muslim community are inviting all members of the public to join us as we break fast at sunset,” said Khan.

The event will have separate facilities catering for males and females and will begin at 4:45pm.

“We want to convey blessings to all the people of our community in this holy month and look forward to everyone coming through and partaking in this holy act with us regardless of religion,” said Khan.

The Mass Ifthaar will take place on May 25. For more information can contact Khan at 083 857 8614.

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