Educating and empowering vulnerable children and youth
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Please meet Mihlali, one of our inspiring young students. She is one of the 200 young students who attends the Salesian School of Skills.
Mihlali lives in a neighborhood where gangs, drugs and violence are an everyday reality. It’s not safe she told us. Mihlali was struggling at her last school and the Teachers dealing with already overcrowded classes, could not afford to spend any time with her. Her mother knew she would be left behind.
Please listen to her story.
Like every other child, Mihlali has her wish list for Christmas. It has one item on it. Shoes. Michelle wants shoes, black shoes, her favorite colour so that she can look nice when she attends church and when she is out visiting with family and friends over the holidays.
At Salesian Youth Projects we focus on vulnerable youth; those most at risk. The families who struggle to afford the basics in life. Our job is to care for these 200 young children every year, providing the necessary support they need: school pants, jumpers, shoes, books. We also provide over 40,000 meals every year. You cannot teach a hungry child, and many arrive very hungry.
Every young person who comes to our door is looking for a chance. Nelson Mandela, said:
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
Being there for a young person in need is critical. A kind word, a smile or a small act of kindness can change their world.
This holiday season, will you help?
We need support to buy uniforms, books, lunches, bus fares. We need to help our youth and coach them for the world of work. Many come here in the hope of finding a job and they count on us to make that happen.
Will you help children like Mihlali by making a gift to them today? When I say to you it makes a world of difference I truly mean that, as I see the reactions on their faces when they arrive at our school and youth center and feel supported and nourished.
Can I ask one final favor?
PLEASE TELL A FRIEND?
Share this with three more people. We need a lot of help and our support base is small, so by sharing this with three more people you are helping increase our chances of starting the year with funds available to provide the supplies our children and youth in need.
THANK YOU for caring and from all of our team here at Salesian Youth Projects, a very happy Christmas and holiday season to you, your friends and family and may the year 2018 be good for you. If you are visiting Cape Town, please let us know and you will be met with a very warm welcome.
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