YOUTH For Christ KZN (YFCKZN) launched Project Hope in style on Friday, September 14 at the Khayalethu Boys Shelter in Pietermaritzburg.
Project Hope is aimed at generating income through entrepreneurship, changing the lives of women, youth and children living in various communities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
The project is one of a kind and will be an income generation initiative that will promote independence, community development, and sustainability.
YFCKZN is a non-profit organisation that was established in 1985 with a primary objective of developing children and young people holistically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.
YFCKZN continues to serve various communities including townships, informal settlements and peri-rural areas where there is a high rate of unemployment, HIV infection, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and poverty.
The Regional Director of YFCKZN, Tineyi Chigunduru, said he is happy to see so much progress within the organisation and hopes that women and young people will make use of this incredible opportunity.
Chigunduru said that the organisation continues to give hope to children and to encourage independence in women and young people.
“Project Hope will change the lives of many people and many homes, giving hope to children, young people and women remains our primary objective,” said Chigunduru.
Chigunduru added that the organisation continues to start programmes that will prevent children from going to the street since the number of people and children living in the streets of KZN are due to drug abuse, family breakdowns, physical and sexual abuse, which is increasing daily.
“We strive to prevent homelessness and women exploitation in our communities and beyond,” says Chigurunda.
Buyisile Zimu, who is one of Project Hope’s beneficiaries, said YFC programs and community workers have made a positive impact in her life and the life of her children.
“We are so grateful for all the work that YFC does and we will continue to work together as women and other organisations in fighting poverty and unemployment.
We look forward to this project and hope it will help us to take our lives and the lives of our loved ones to the next level,” said Zimu. — Supplied.