Worcester in South Africa is a medium sized town, politically stable and yet clearly segmented into affluent and poor communities with desperate conditions prevailing among the poor. The youth we serve are mainly from poorer areas where drug abuse, gangsterism, absence of parents and teen pregnancies are common.
Surrounded by mountains, we have access to popular hiking trails, waterfalls, rock pools, an overnight facility and hiking equipment.
To provide critical input during the volatile early teenage years among youth in danger of bad influences and choices due to lack of parental and community support, guidance, discipline and order.
We aim to provide some assistance in equipping unemployed youth for productive activity, employment or self-help income generation.
Programmes are already running. Groups of teenagers, usually aged from 11 and older, are exposed to the natural environment and participate in hikes and camps. Leaders conduct formal studies and informally deal with issues in ongoing relationships with the youth.
The skills development programme is a critical component of a six month drug rehabilitation and behaviour modification programme. Our objective is to reach as many children as possible to develop and maintain relationships through regular contact, to provide guidance and support as needed…leading to healthy and responsible lives with regular attendance and progress in education…free from drugs.
Vulnerable youth from poor and marginalised communities. Presently 110 children are active in the programmes while many others are being reached on the periphery, including younger and older siblings, friends and even parents.
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