Yes, we still exist! Our initial few weeks in Knysna are always particularly busy as we reconnect with youth and re-establish our tutoring and mentoring programs. Janet’s physics group has grown to 8 boys and her Monday to Friday tutoring schedule is full.
Clarke and Janet are teaching Kweila (grade 9) how to develop his dog, Bruno, into a well- adjusted member of the family. Janet and her friends Penny (Emzini Tours) and Shelly, are implementing a dog awareness program to teach township children about responsible dog ownership.
Jim attended a presentation delivered to all grade 8-12 boys at one of the township schools on the topic of gang involvement. The panel included school officials, police, and a former gang member from Cape Town who spent decades in prison.
Jim also attended one of a series of community meetings organized by police to address recent issues pertaining to delinquent youth and gangsterism.
We are relying on more physical activities and games to teach life skills and values this trip. Both Bulele mentorship groups are responding well to the new format. In these photos the boys competed to build the tallest tower using cups, paper, & sticks.
Last week Jim launched a new group (S.L.L.) targeting some of the gang-involved youth he met during our previous stay in South Africa. Fifteen of the 18 invited boys attended the orientation meeting. S.L.L. (Stop-Look-Listen) will focus on anger management, values, and employment and education options including entrepreneurship.
Here’s what the boys said they learned from the Paper Tower exercise:
Bulele Groups: “You need a good foundation to build on in life. One mistake may impact you for a long time. Team work is important. Planning makes a difference”.
S.L.L. Group: “Communication is important. We have to work together.”
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