Roodewal, South Africa
Length of project: 12 months
Partner: Change Makers
Like 80% of the children in our community, we grew up in families facing alcohol abuse, breakdown and sometimes domestic violence. This sobering reality in our childhood, led us to being pulled into street gangs where alcohol and drug abuse was commonplace.
This might have been our past but it is no longer our future. We have already turned our lives around and now are ready for the next step - learning new skills in a new venture that gives us a fresh start.
Addictions and gang life left us feeling trapped and isolated. Growing up in broken homes, with little money or opportunities we ended up doing things that we regret - but deep down we wanted a better life. Yet it’s hard to make a fresh start when no-one believes in you.
But there was something different about Project Possible. Gang members and addicts who left their building looked changed. Transformation suddenly seemed possible. Project Possible helped us kick our addictions and now they’re giving us the opportunity to develop usable skills in catering and horticulture.
Throughout the pandemic we’ve had the chance to work in a weekly soup kitchen, serving food to local people in need. Now we can’t wait to begin to learn the art of growing organic vegetables, preparing delicious meals and running a pop-up restaurant. Through our hard work and determination we’ll be able to serve the community and find ways to pass on our skills.
“I’ve discovered that I love the challenge of preparing and cooking food. I’m excited to be given the chance to receive training and gain good qualifications which will help me get better employment opportunities and be able to support my daughter.” Jolan
We’ll be working with our South African partner, Change Makers, to help Jolan, Mohammed and two fellow apprentices to hit the ground running.
We’ll be working closely with our partners to:
With your support, we can provide Mohammad, Jolan and two others with a year-long apprenticeship.
It’s a chance to increase skills and proudly show their children they can earn a living to support their family.
To show how your gift is making a difference we’ll send you:
|Monthly salary for first year||£3,600|
|Training courses in catering and horticulture||£1,275|
|Mentoring and support for first year from our on-the-ground staff team||£1,800|
|Project Possible UK Team support||£1,669|
All of your gift will be project-focused, with none of it going towards admin or fundraising. Instead, it will be used to cover:
Well done for turning your lives around and embracing this new venture, which is very exciting, I'm sure you will offer a valuable service to your community
Sounds a fantastic project for these young men who deserve a better future. Very best wishes and may God bless you!
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