Julius - now a confident young man
The Ithemba Labantwana programme partners with young people and their families in Alexandra township, to move them from vulnerable to independent.What follows is a story about a partnership between Rays of Hope and a family who were in a desperate situation.
Julius, now 18 years old, and his family were introduced to the Rays of Hope in 2018, having faced many challenges along the way. Julius’s father passed away in 2013 and his mother became ill and bed-ridden soon after, compelling Julius to take control of the household and assume the role of a father to his three younger siblings. Despite having to miss school and their grades suffering as a result, Julius and his siblings took turns to care for their ailing mother until she sadly succumbed to her illnesses and passed away in 2019. This happened just as Julius needed to prepare for and write his final school-leaving exams.
However, through the help, care and support they received from dedicated Rays of Hope staff and volunteers, the young family of three was able to pick up the pieces and start to live some semblance of a normal life once again. Julius worked hard and earned a university pass in his final year of school, and his siblings passed with good results.
It's for families like this that Rays of Hope exists, and we really appreciate your support for the work that we do. Currently we have 22 families on our programme, which is over 80 young people who get unconditional love and support to help them to handle their daily challenges. In addition, we support about 60 other young people who attend the Boys and Girls Support Groups, which provide limited services.
For Julius' full story and others, please check out the attached links.