Help at hand for children under stress
Organisations step in for better life
Kids are often confronted by many obstacles but there are some helping hands out there.
COOL2BE KIND Message: Stop bullying!
Dee Boehner is the founder and national coordinator of the Kidz2Kidz organisation that has been running for 15 years. “It is a nonprofit organisation facilitated by the Joy of Giving (JOG) Trust, which was established to counter the lack of education and care experienced by many kids in South Africa, particularly given our troubled history and socioeconomic context.
“Cool2BeKind was born when Kidz2Kidz started a school-based project focused on instilling self-respect and respect for others in learners. Through this project we realised there was a massive need to teach children about the importance of kindness.
“The need for the project grew when principals of schools approached us to run the kindness campaign in higher grades, where bullying was very prevalent. We then adapted our programme accordingly.
“The Cool2BeKind team provides training programmes where we train educators about how to conduct anti-bullying sessions in their classrooms, and schools.”
Volunteers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or register on www.kidz2kidz.co.za
I COMMIT Message: Stop juvenile imprisonment Molato Phakwawo is chairperson of the Future Leadership Action Strength Hope (Flash) organisation.
I Commit is one of its campaigns and seeks to empower Grade 7 pupils by taking them to prisons.
“We take the kids to the prison in Ga-Masemola in Limpopo. We targeted this specific place because it is notorious for being crime-ridden and there is a basic mentality in the community that there is nothing more to life than that of crime.
“Being a delinquent is normally seen as the only solution to making ends meet.
“So this campaign is our way of curbing crime in our community, as we believe that education starts at an early age.”
Phakwawo said that after these visits, the pupils sign a commitment form, vowing to not commit any crimes and to stay away from criminal activities.
The campaign has spread to other schools in the area.
TAXI WHO Message: Stop abductions
This is another campaign under the Flash organisation, and it seeks to curb the abduction of women and children on taxis.
“The campaign is a partnership with, amongst others, taxi associations where we seek to put a stop to commuters being abducted.”
Phakwawo said this campaign was also being developed into an official Taxi Who application, which can also be used by children who board taxis to and from school.
Kids participate in an anti-bullying campaign at a daycare centre in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.
Grade 7 pupils from Makantane Primary School take part in a reading and spelling competition at Ga-Masemola police station. This is part of Flash’s campaigns to prevent children from criminal activities later in life.