Sunrise Youth fills the void

2018-11-20 06:00
Sunrise Youth in tune with nature on the Silvermine trails.

Sunrise Youth in tune with nature on the Silvermine trails.

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Sunrise Youth, an organisation in St Montague View Village, is doing its part to take the youth off the street.

The organisation, which is in the process of being registered as an NPO, was started early this year in the midst of ongoing gang violence and its aim is to take the youth off the streets and show them other options besides crime. They cater for locals aged between 12 and 35, men only for now.

Yaaseen Staggie, a member of Sunrise Youth, says the main challenge is parents working long hours and not being paid enough to take their children out to experience other things.

“It is no lie that parents leave as early as 05:00 and they come back late after 21:00. Most of the parents in our area are general workers and they have to put in long hours so that they are able to put food on the table and make ends meet. With that setup, children are left alone with no time to bond with the parents,” he says.

Staggie adds that with that gang leaders take the opportunity to lure the youth into gangs. “For a moment gangsterism looks like it is the answer. The parent can’t afford nice takkies and a tracksuit but the gang leader can. So they are drawn to those things, then we end up with a problem in society. They end up doing all sorts of bad things just to feel happy and get the things that parents can’t get them,” he says.

Their aim as Sunrise Youth is to fill in the gap that is left by parents. “We meet with the youth on Friday to Sunday. We do motivational talks and we organise outings for the youth. For some they have never been out of the areas they live in. We take them out to nice areas and show them that Table Mountain is not just for show. The more our youth go out, the more they will see that there is more to life and more to what they are used to,” says
Staggie.

With the organisation in its infancy, they are struggling to get money together for the outings and they need help.

“If we can be assisted to get our children out we will greatly appreciate it. With the December holidays coming up our wish is to take them to Robben Island and we need help. The outings that we have done bring new energy and positivity for the members,” says Staggie.V To help, call Yaaseen Staggie on 074 658 4372.

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