GLUE TO GOALPOSTS - How sixteen street kids turned into soccer stars
Years of sniffing glue had so badly affected their bodies that some of the boys looked like rag dolls flapping across the football field. Six months later the same boys were striding it out, blocking and striking with agility, strength and confidence. Such is the power of nurture.
STREET SOCCER STARS MEET MANDELA
On Friday morning sixteen boys woke up with one thing on their mind. They were getting on a plane at Cape Town International and flying to Johannesburg to meet Mandela at his office in Houghton.
Petrus voted with his feet at age 12 by coming to the streets.
He had a dream- to be a policeman- and The Homestead helped
him to reach it. Now 26, he is a SAPS officer. He could so
easily have been on the other side of the law if he wasn’t
given a chance.
PETRUS VISITS THE HOMESTEAD
On 26th May 2005 Yizani underwent a complete transformation,
thank to the e-tv programme - Let's Fix It - and its inspirational
host, Soli Philander. Soli was the guest speaker at The Homestead's
AGM last year, and his words of encouragement meant a lot
to the boys.
"LET'S FIX IT" COMES TO YIZANI DROP IN CENTRE
THE SHELTER GETS A FACE-LIFT
Thanks to a local Trust, the entire Intake Shelter was painted
inside and out in November. All the internal rooms are now
a calm yellow and it looks much more spacious. We are very
fortunate to have two experts in paint techniques, who have
offered their skills for free and are in the process of painting
wonderful sea scenes on the walls. This will be a work in
progress to be completed within the first few months of 2006.
CONSTRUCTION OF A LOCKER ROOM FOR THE SHELTER
In terms of the Minimum Standards of Child and Youth Care,
every child in residential care should have a private space
in which to keep his possessions. This has always been a problem
at The Intake Shelter as there was not enough space to put
any lockers. Now the Netherlands Embassy has undertaken to
fund the building of an outside room with built-in lockers
for the boys! This project will be completed by the end of
Sixty boys from Yizani Drop In Centre, Homestead Intake Shelter
and The Bridge at Elukhuselweni Children's Home had a wonderful
treat when Table Bay Hotel organised the open top bus for
a five hour trip around the Peninsula, with a stop for lunch
and a walk on the beach en route. The boys absolutely loved
HARRODIAN SCHOOL REMEMBERS JOHNNY
Some years ago, Johnny lost his leg in a car accident. The
Harrodian School had just visited Cape Town to play sport
with the Homestead boys, and they helped to purchase his prosthesis.
The school has never forgotten Johnny, or The Homestead, and
regularly raise funds to ensure that his prosthesis is in
A PROPOSED SOCCER TOUR TO THE UNITED KINGDOM - CAN YOU
Many of the boys are absolutely passionate about soccer. It
is the one thing they are willing to leave the street for!
Our Street Worker, Gerald Jacobs, has long had the dream of
taking a team to the U.K. The objectives of the tour are:
FAREWELL TO SHANE EGYPT, COMMUNITY SERVICES MANAGER
We are sad to report that Shane, who has been managing the
early intervention and community prevention projects for the
past five years, has left The Homestead to take on new challenges
in the field of HIV/AIDS. We wish him great success and happiness,
and know that he will continue to be involved with the organisation
as he has a real passion for the work we do. Shane will be
replaced by Vernon Endley, who starts his new job at The Homestead
in January 2006.
KHAYELITSHA COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPONSORS EDUCATION NEEDS
As part of the early intervention project for disadvantaged
children in Khayelitsha, Lawrance Stemele, our Community Outreach
Worker identified a number of children who are out of school
for purely financial reasons. As a pilot, their fees and/or
uniforms (depending on what the family is able to provide)
are being paid for 2006 to keep them in the educational system.
For one youth, who has missed too much school to make re-entry
to the system viable, skills training in carpentry will be
provided. We wish the children luck in their studies next
year, and hope that they will work hard to make their dreams
THE A FAMILY HAVE MOVED FROM THE STREETS!
This family, parents and two adorable children, lived on the
streets for many years and were well-known by everyone who
works in the CBD. The children made a lot of money because
they are so cute looking!
EARLY IDENTIFICATION OF NEW CHILDREN
Two new boys from Belhar, a poor community in Cape Town, slept
in the city one night recently. The Yizani boys brought them
to the Drop In Centre the next day. After interviews with
each boy, their schools in Belhar were immediately contacted.
REACHING OUT - NETWORKING IS VITAL
One of the shop owners in Long Street has been "working" with me for the last year, assisting me with some of the Street
Children. Continuous updates and educating has led the shop
owner to make a more worthy contribution to helping them to
solve their problems.
The school report cards of the boys who were transferred
to the Shelter in April this year show development and a marked
improvement. They have been in Learn To Live bridging school
for the past 8 months. It was a wonderful sight to see these
boys at the end of year concert dressed as shepherds and angels
(!!!) and playing their roles with confidence. Strong communication
between the Street Worker and Social Worker in the Shelter
has been vital in the process of getting the boys through
various stages and supporting them all the way. Baby Jake,
who has never been to school in his life, is now a proud and
keen learner who loves Maths!
THE SOCCER BOYS DREAM
There is a group of boys who have been so inspired by
the possibility of a soccer tour to England next year that
they have willingly moved off the streets, have settled into
our Children's Home, and are going to school.