A Tale of Two Cities
"Cape Town is essentially two cities." Says investigative journalist, Don Pinnock. "One is beautiful beyond imagining on the slopes of Table Mountain, the other, one of the most dangerous cities in the world where police need bullet-proof vests and sometimes army backup."
"In 2016 nearly half (49%) of young people aged 15 – 35 were unemployed. In January 2017 South Africa had the highest recorded youth unemployment in the world. Half the kids who start school don’t make matric and 3.4-million aged 11–24 are not in education, employment or training. In Cape Town that figure, at last count, was 317 000."
"Around five million young people are living in a household where nobody has a formal job and 26% are in child-headed households. The conclusion is that a huge majority of these young people are on the streets with nothing to do. And trouble follows idle hands."
"Central to the gang problem is opportunity difference and family breakdown."
Don Pinnock - Gang Town
In Cape Town, South Africa, the demands are significant for guidance, counselling, and personal needs of young people. Gangs are the place many youngsters can turn to, as nearly half of them are without occupation. Many Families are broken, and emotional needs are often not met in young adolescents during a critical stage of their lives. My focus will be to dive into the lives of the needy and broken, seeking to create change for the better.
After a year as a youth worker in the UK, in Yeovil working with SWYM (South-West Youth Ministries) and Elim, I will be interning as a youth worker in Cape Town. I depart from Switzerland in mid-January 2018, to spend a year working in and around Century City.
I will be working with Hillsong to accomplish my goal of meeting the needs of youth, as well as develop personally in my character and skills. For me, this coming year will be an investment in both others and myself. For those around me, I want my service to be an inspiration. I want to give people a perspective on life that can help them grow in new ways. My personal development will be my other priority throughout the year.
In the internship program, I will be involved in the critical aspects of church life, weekly bible studies, leadership development and practical ministry training. I will be offered training in my designated area and will work alongside professionals in what I do. A typical week should consist of 3 full days of work, one day of preparation and a 5th day at a training college.
Hillsong has a youth program which consists of gatherings on Sundays and Friday nights. There are also camps and events throughout the year. The youth, their lives, and well being are top priorities of these events. The goal is to aid in their transformation from adolescents to resilient young adults.
I have to raise support for myself. My costs include internship fees, food, accommodation and transport. I have calculated what my monthly spending will look like.
CHF930 (R13'000) - My overall monthly budget
CHF230 (R3220) - Already raised
CHF700 (R9800) - Support needed
If you'd like to support me with a once off or regular donation, you must pay through PayPal - you do not need an account to do this. There is no minimum - every small donation will be appreciated and will go a long way for me. The sum of what I need for the entire year comes to CHF8400.
For those who do support me, your money will be an investment put into the young and needy individuals in Cape Town. It will also contribute towards my career and future in missions. Thanks!