Donation will help teach teens lifeskills
NON-profit organisation Masithethe Counselling Services (formerly Lifeline East London), received a donation of R20 000 from the Gately Rotary Club on June 19 during the annual wine auction at the Premier Hotel.
The organisation was one of the 11 beneficiaries invited by the club.
Director of Masithethe Counselling services Jackie Orsmond said the funds would go towards their Tween Lifeskill Course.
The Daily Dispatch reported (“Rotary Club donates 20k” June 20th) that the Gately Club of Rotary's aim was to support organisations that contributed to make a difference in the community.
“Masithethe Couselling Services has been working with the communities of the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality for the past 33 years. It provides confidential and free counselling for adults and children,” Orsmond said.
She said this included trauma counselling, debriefing and other counselling sessions.
The Tween Lifeskill Course started on Monday with children from St John's Primary School, Lujiza Primary School, Canaan School of Academy, Masakhane Primary School and East London High.
“This programme is being conducted in response to the need for pupils to improve their self-knowledge and to empower them by giving them skills on how to deal with life issues and situations.
“The programme focuses on trust building, anger management, peer pressure, stress management, teenage pregnancy, depression, sexual health and other issues that teenagers go through in their lives,” she said.
The courses are free of charge and university students volunteer as facilitators.
One such student is Nadia du Plessis, a Psychology student at Unisa who started volunteering at Masithethe counselling services in April.
“Being here has been eye opening because you meet with different people every day who are going through troubled times in their lives,” Du Plessis said.