Street life about to change for this youth

2017-11-08 06:01
Mark Raymand’s sign he carries when he begs.PHOTO: supplied

Mark Raymand’s sign he carries when he begs.PHOTO: supplied

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“LIVING on the street has taught me to become a man,” said a 19-year-old youth from Scottsville.

Mark Raymand has been begging for two years on the corner of Carbis and Alan Paton roads and says he wants to become a businessman one day.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever Raymand said his life is about to change because he is to start work soon.

He said he received news on Saturday that he got a job in the Free State with the help of his stepmother, who lives there.

“I have been looking for work for a long time because I want to change my life.

“I am excited that finally I will be able to turn my life around. I can’t wait for my new life to begin.

“Living on the street is not easy because you have to hustle every day. Some days I go to sleep on an empty stomach.

“I sleep in the Scottsville Presbyterian Church, but that life is about to change because I have two weeks to wrap up everything here and then leave,” he said.

Raymand said he grew up in a children’s home in Durban, but when he was expelled at age 15 in Grade 9, the home told him to find somewhere else to live because they could no longer accommodate him.

“I was bunking so the school expelled me. I regret all that because that was when my problems started and I ended up living on the street.

“I don’t have parents - my mother died and I don’t know where my father is and my family was not always there for me.

“It was hard growing up. I would like to go back to school one day and live my dream of being rich.”

Beside being a businessman Raymand said he would like to own a recording company.

“There is a lot of talent among the youth and I want to help them - it will be my way of giving back.”

Raymand said the church has promised to assist him with travelling expenses, but he will also appreciate help from others.

He encouraged street children not to give up no matter how hard it is.

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