Restoring Humanity Youth Project
The engagement and participation of the four communities continues to be good. Fusion the Athlone partner has appointed a new youth leader to assist in bringing the area up to speed with the other communities. The leadership team continues to meet on a regular basis.
Memories Newsletter: The project has successfully participated in the completion of the newsletter and distributed 100 A3 full color copies of the youth focused Memories newsletter to the four communities. A further 100 copies is being printed for distribution. This in kind donation to the IHOM is estimated at R 6500-00(US$834). An offer has been made that we could have 200 copies of the newsletter done once every two months. The response to the newsletter has been very positive. It has been suggested by the young people that we produce a regular youth newsletter that will take the contributions from young people.
Ten youth members from each of the communities(Athlone, Masiphumelele and Atlantis)attended the Healing of Memories workshop on the 17-19 June.Youth participants begin to acknowledge and own their own stories.
Writing and radio workshop: 18 participants of the project interested in writing representing the four areas participated in a learning process to develop their skills in writing and editing as a tool for healing and how to write for radio. Participants wrote pieces for radio that was recorded and edited ready for distribution to community radios. The other activity that took place with the youth from three areas was the leadership workshop for introducing leadership and communication skills to the group.
Networking meetings: The project continues to meet with various organizations that can further the work of the project. We jointly with District Six meseum, the WP provincial legislature and Freedom Park hosted a programme on the SA constitution and Bill of Rights and the role of Freedom Park in memorializing the history of SA.
The Institute decided to implement the Restoring Humanity project in KZN since July 2011. Three communities were identified according to economic and ethnic diversity;one predominantly black community from a squatter camp, a mixed community but of average economic standing and a mixed community but predominantly white and above average economic standing.