There is a big YMCA in the Albert Park area. They run a homework club to give the children somewhere to go after school under proper adult supervision. There are many young children who go to this club every afternoon, so we decided to give them something to do that was different to their normal afternoon routine.
We have hired a young man who is a really good hip-hop dancer and teacher. He gives them hip-hop lessons once a week. Next year we will change this to twice a week. In addition to this, we will be giving choral music training to a group of 16 teenagers who also go to the YMCA in the afternoons.
One of the learners at the Durban Music School, Ayanda, had her home burgled and she lost everything that she owned. She literally had the clothes that she was wearing and the bag that she was carrying. We organised a replacement keyboard for her and bought her new clothes. We are busy looking for a small fridge for her as well.
We partner with an organisation called ‘City Celebration’ who train young people how to dance. They work with orphans / vulnerable children in an informal settlement in KwaMashu. We assist them by transporting the dance troupe to their various performances around the city.