SEKHUKHUNE – Sekhukhune SOS Social Centre continues to support needy children making a difference in the lives of young ones within the district.
Through its programmes that include educational, feeding schemes and employment opportunities for youth, the centre has to date assisted thousands of young people across the district.
Peter Kotlolo, SOS Programme Director, said they have managed to register six students in universities in the 2018 academic year.
Kotlolo said the students from poor backgrounds would be able to pursue careers of their choice at various university of they choose.
Kotlolo further said more youth, ten in number, had been assisted through the programme to with registration fees to study at CS Barlow campus of the Sekhukhune TVET College.
He prided that the programme helped the students with food and transport fare on a monthly basis.
According to Kotlolo, the centre has adopted 30 young people for a free End User Computer course and indicated it provided 5000 orphans and vulnerable girls from five secondary and primary schools with sanitary towels on a monthly basis.
“This is aimed at encouraging girls not to skip school during their menstrual periods. Care givers visit schools to conduct workshops on challenges facing pupils. The workshops look at bullying, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy awareness and protective behaviour,” explained Kotlolo.
He further said the centre has a Job Readiness Programme which assists young graduates and unemployed youth to with employment opportunities.
“Through this programme, six children in Sephaku village in the Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality will be participating in the Go-Teach Programme to be hosted in Johannesburg for three days towards the end of March this year. The programme is sponsored by DHL. Four other children will partake in the 13 days painting training organized by SOS Training unit from 31 March to 07 April 2018,” prided Kotlolo.
Kotlolo added that through the nutritional support programme, the centre provides food parcels to 137 children from 30 households around the district.
“We also serve 167 children with food everyday with the help of KFC’s Add Hope which gives relief for hungry orphans at Kgaphamadi and Sephaku villages. The donations help make a difference because hungry nation can never grow,” concluded Kotlolo.