Salesians Give Training and Hope to Jobless Youth
With an unemployment rate of over 50%, and 40% of adults in South Africa having no schooling or only primary schooling, the Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP) work to create opportunities for youth at risk in Cape Town.
SIYP offer training, basic education, and support with jobs. They also provide over 40000 meals a year as well as school uniforms, school supplies, and much-needed life skills.
“Our job is to give them opportunities,” said SIYP chief executive Hilton Nyirenda. “They are deserving of our full love and support.”
Mr Nyirenda said Don Bosco, founder of the Salesian order, believed human values and loving kindness would change the world.
Love Will Change the World
“Being there for a young person in need is critical—a smile, a small act of kindness,” he said.
Mihlali Gaika, for example, a student at the Salesians’ SIYP, lives in a neighbourhood where gangs, drugs, and violence are an everyday reality. She was struggling at her previous school, and unable to get the extra time with teachers she needed.
Her wishlist for this Christmas consisted of just one item: shoes. Specifically black, which happens to be her favourite colour, and so that she can look nice when she attends church or visits family and friends.
Mr Nyirenda said SIYP need donations to buy uniforms, books, lunches, bus fares, and more.
“Many young people come here hoping to find a job and they count on us to make that happen. By donating to just one child, you will change their lives. It is that simple.”
To meet some of the SIYP students who have shared their stories, visit www.salesianyouth.org.za/donate-today/support-appeal/