James House trains the needy

2018-06-26 06:00

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James House has introduced a training programme to uplift more people to help change the lives of orphans and vulnerable youth in their communities.

Zainab Kader says the centre believes in family preservation and reunification, hence the establishment of the programme.

Kader says: “Today, James House is grateful for these experiences as it allowed the organisation to grow and it enables the organisation to train others in an attempt to avoid or mitigate these challenges and work towards success. The training programme wishes to equip beneficiaries with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to meet their organisation’s needs as well as the needs of the beneficiaries or clients they serve.”

James House serves three disadvantaged communities, namely Hangberg, Imizamo Yethu and Vredendal, and it advises the public in terms of assisting people who are interested in training but cannot afford to pay for it.

“We acknowledge that many people may want to attend training but cannot afford the training cost. We hereby appeal to you to award one or more people with an opportunity to attend the training so that they can build capacities within their organisation, for R1100 per person. By investing in people through training, James House can ensure the true potential of service providers are tapped into in order to improve personal growth and job satisfaction. The training includes Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation, Basic Counselling Skills, Behaviour Management Skills, and Grief and Trauma.”

For many years, the centre has relied on public contributions to keep things afloat and continues growing and also has a reliable international sponsor. The money from the training will also go towards the cost of running the various services. James House reportedly lost funding from the Department of Social Development earlier this year, leaving the centre with the need to appeal to the public for assistance.

The centre gets help from volunteers who are passionate about giving back to the less fortunate.

This is an additional programme following, among others, the Building Emotionally Strong Teens (Best) programme, which is a six-month non residential solution to prevent at-risk teenagers with challenging behaviour from entering a path that may be destructive to either themselves or others. James House also follows the Isibindi model, which aims to create safe and caring communities in the context of HIV/Aids through the delivery of community-based child and youth care services by trained and qualified child and youth care workers.

V For more information about James House, visit jameshouse.org.za/

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