Youth project builds a better community

2019-06-18 06:00
Amber King, Ricky Chiwururvi, Peter Michaels and Jean-Claude Carolus took part in the SA National KungFu Championships recently.

Amber King, Ricky Chiwururvi, Peter Michaels and Jean-Claude Carolus took part in the SA National KungFu Championships recently.

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Harvest Youth Project, a privately funded non-profit organisation (NPO), with a training centre based in the Hout Bay Harbour is doing all it can to help residents from disadvantaged communities improve their lives.

Founded by Helena Fagan about four years ago, it has a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

They work mainly in the disadvantaged communities of Hout Bay, creating opportunities for disenfranchised youth through various arts and sports programmes, but also reach out to other communities to build bridges and connect youth from different backgrounds.

Their classes include dancing, music, videography, studio production, mixed martial arts and after-school help. The organisation also collaborates with other organisations like the excellent SAYes mentoring programme.

Fagan says another very exciting collaboration is with Meet & Teach, a NPO from the United States of America (USA) that come out with a team of volunteers twice a year to run a four-week video production course

On the sports front, their full-time coach is Peter Michaels, a four-time South African Wushu KungFu champion, great motivator and inspiration for the youth. Apart from his younger groups doing boxing and fitness classes, Michaels has just returned from Johannesburg where his elite group took part in the SA National KungFu Championships and brought home eight gold medals with him winning his weight category as well as qualifying for the world championships. “These youngsters have shown great perseverance and are now super excited and motivated – training every afternoon in our studio as well as some gruelling early morning sessions along the beach and in the icy cold seawater,” she says.

Fagan concludes by saying the youth needs help now more than ever before and Harvest Youth Project is focused on changing young lives before the drugs do.

V To get involved in their programme please call Helena Fagan on 082 784 5054.

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