Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 23
There is a growing drug abuse problem in the community of Siyabuswa, an overpopulated township near Middelburg. 22% of Black African drug addicts in the province of Mpumalanga use heroin- the deadliest of drugs. Drug abuse is linked to the growing poverty and unemployment rate in the region. This epidemic causes the youth to drop out of school. Only 50.1% of Siyabuswa’s youth are able to acquire a Matric certificate.
In 2016, Sfiso Sibusiso Mahlangu, saw the need for an aftercare to help children focus on their school work. He started by helping two local students with their homework after school in his grandmother’s garage. This project, which aimed to help children build a better future through education, grew and grew.
Today, The Future After Care provides a safe and productive environment for 23 grade 1 to 12 learners. Learners attend the aftercare from Monday to Saturday, after school. During the week the day is split into two sessions; the first session is from 13:00-15:00 and the second is from 16:00-18:30. In this time, students are taken care of by Sfiso and two other tutors, who make sure that students understand their work and that the work stays fresh in their minds. Sfiso allows the students to use his personal computer to do research for school projects and on Saturdays, he helps the pupils to do revision by writing short tests.
The children bring their own food in the week, but on weekends children are provided with a meal. Parents are asked to contribute a fee of R105 a month, but Sfiso says that many cannot afford this as their wages are too little. At the moment Future After Care is struggling to keep up with their monthly expenses of R6,500. These expenses include the payment of tutors, stationary, food for the students and academic material.
Siyabuswa is in desperate need of male role models. Sfiso is an example in his community and because of his youthful spirit pupils relate to him. It is Sfiso’s goal to help his beneficiaries prosper academically and as he puts it, ‘achieve’. Future After Care is changing the future if Siyabuswa, today.
Photographer: Lucky Chigo from Marble Creations & Media | Voice Artist: Sisipho Mbopa | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, Education, Literacy