COVID-19 has brought added urgency.... We provide family warmth, residential care & support for orphans & vulnerable children in a rural community with high incidence of medical & economic challenge. Close ties to family or area of origin are supported. After completing high school & even tertiary education, these young adults still need counselling, educational support & advice as they develop effective life skills, find jobs & start families. This support is costly & unavailable elsewhere.
Our program recognizes, builds and enhances strengths, providing opportunities for once vulnerable youth to develop confidence, a positive self-image, and a sense of belonging in a community. This project is to capacitate our teen-agers to secure permanent income by mentoring, modelling discipline, goal setting, and counselling for appropriate career choice, education and training. In close connection to family of origin, a sense of responsibility will be cultivated with a desire to give back.
Skilled, confident and compassionate youth, strengthened by social, spiritual and community fabric will be the result of this project. The critical support provided by our program builds leadership, entrepeneurial confidence, positive relationships, healthy values and accountability. Young Kwethu graduates have come back to work in the Uthukela district, providing evidence of the high value we set on giving back to this community of 150 000+ and to sustainability of our special Kwethu Village.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).