Project may close its doors

2018-05-22 06:00

“When children feel valued they start appreciating themselves more, and Amoyo shows them step by step the road to success,” says Kim Worrall.

She is the founder of Amoyo, a non-profit organisation that helps convert the limiting mindset of its beneficiaries into excitement for what the future can be like.

The organisation provides an after-school programme to more than 170 youth, aged between five and 20, from the neighbouring communities. Amoyo offers various skills development programmes and helps children with their schoolwork when necessary. The organisation needs R80 000 per month to run the programme. “This does not cover weekend and holiday workshops, a feeding scheme, student and event transport, training equipment, displays and shows or the much-needed staff resources but it’s enough to get us by,” says Worrall.

She fears the organisation may be forced to close its doors due to financial shortages and this would be a huge loss for the children­.

“To close Amoyo would mean that these children don’t have a home to go to after school. About 90% of our beneficiaries live in the overpopulated Imizamo Yethu township, predominantly in shacks, with no sanitation facilities and limited water and electricity. About 10% live in the Hangberg above the harbour with equally challenging circumstances. Unemployment is rife in both communities and there are criminal activities, gangs, alcohol and drug addicts and constant negative influences affecting our youth.”

Worrall says things took a turn for the worse when expected operational funding failed to materialise due to unforeseen circumstances within the funding corporation.

“This had been granted prior to Amoyo opening its doors. We continued regardless, managing to get by. We also subsequently got approached by a willing donor to cover the monthly minimum costs required, who also subsequently let us down without prior warning.”

Worrall says this has put a strain on the organisation.

“One of our biggest challenges was the Sentinel ballet classes happening in Hangberg, the community around the Hout Bay harbour. There are so many children wanting to join our programme so we started with ballet.”

She asks the public for help. Donations can be made through the crowdfunding link: www.backabuddy.co.za/amoyo-performing-arts-foundation.

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