Programme yields positive results

2019-06-25 06:00

Manenberg Centre of Islamic Information and Education got almost triple the number of people they expected to attend their holiday programme.

This holistic initiative, aimed at providing safety for children during the mid-year school holiday, was prepared to accommodate 70 children a day but ended up with 200 children and youth on most days.

The programme started on Sunday 16 June and is expected to end on Friday 28 June. It runs between 08:00 and 14:00 on weekdays. The first week of the programme started at Manenberg People’s Centre, while this weekThat would be next week it takes place at Jordan Street Mosque.

Children are kept busy with different games and talks by various representatives of local stakeholders. Talks are about safety, gangsterism, spirituality and religion, life skills and career guidance.

One of the organisers Sameeg Norodien says the huge numbers are a sign of a positive impact these kinds of programmes have in the community. He says it shows that more needs to be done for the children.

“We started in June last year and we are shocked at the numbers. We received a budget of R60 per child for 10 days and we now have to stretch that for all of them, it’s so tough,” says Norodien. He says it is not only the minors that come through but people up to the age of 27 attend.He says it is through the help of the community and a few donors that they could provide meals and offer turns to participate in the games.“It is through unity and partnerships that we can make an impact in our community. If we can bring hope in just a year one can only imagine what we may achieve in future if we carry on like this,” Norodien says. Waiting for a photo

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