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20 06, 2014

Youth Day 2014

2018-05-27T17:01:02+02:00Jun 20th, 2014|

Mandela spoke these words on the second anniversary of Youth Day in South Africa, This generation of youth stands at the border-line between the past of oppression and repression, and the future of prosperity, peace and harmony. Today's generation of youth face the same challenges on the "border-line" of change.  Social issues like drug abuse, fatherlessness, poverty, and HIV/AIDS face the young people today, especially in the communities where CAST works. On Monday, CAST remembered the Soweto uprising [...]

12 06, 2014

Wordworks

2018-05-26T13:09:21+02:00Jun 12th, 2014|

A few weeks ago, we heard about Jupiter, who attended CAST's literacy programme training.  CAST's literacy programme is based on another programme called Wordworks, which was established in 2005 to support and improve early language and literacy learning among children from historically disadvantaged communities in South Africa. CAST received book donations for Wordworks from a local book supply company called Books2You.  The books were intended to go to Westville Senior Primary, but the school decided to donate them to [...]

6 06, 2014

Ordinary Things – Educating the youth

2019-07-28T11:56:32+02:00Jun 6th, 2014|

Meet Lindsay, a business mentor to Lindiwe in Lamontville (from last week's story).  Lindsay is a mom from Westville; she has triplets in Matric.  She also works for her husband's business. After Bridgette, the founder of business forum, encouraged Lindsay to volunteer with CAST, Lindsay decided to become Paradigm Shift trainer in KwaDabeka and Lamontville.  Because of her experience as a trainer in a bank, this was a great way to volunteer. However, when Lindsay was asked [...]

3 06, 2014

Hope Market

2018-08-30T13:28:33+02:00Jun 3rd, 2014|

This past Saturday, some of our CAST business forum participants from KwaDabeka were able to sell their merchandise at Hope Market in Umhlanga. Hope Market is described as "a community development initiative that offers training and opportunities to emerging entrepreneurs, to generate income and learn from the experience of showcasing their skills, talents and hand-made wares." Meet Buhle (in the picture above, on the right). Buhle first heard about CAST business forum from Themba, who runs a car [...]

30 05, 2014

Lindiwe

2018-08-30T14:12:59+02:00May 30th, 2014|

  It all started with some pamphlets.  A year ago Lee, CAST's Business Development Manager, was giving out pamphlets advertising the Lamontville business forum.  In Lamontville, Lee found a woman named Lindiwe selling food and asked her to hand out pamphlets to customers.  Lindiwe asked if she could come to the business forum too. Back in 1990, Lindiwe moved to Durban from the Eastern Cape to work in her aunt's shop.  She left everything behind, including friends and family. [...]

23 05, 2014

Give Your Brain a Hand: Dance Edition

2018-08-30T16:08:20+02:00May 23rd, 2014|

Yasmin Adams, CAST's Inner-City Coordinator, has started a program called "Give Your Brain a Hand" for students at Addington Primary School that focuses on developing God-given talents.  "Give Your Brain a Hand" is intended to provide a creative outlet for the children in multiple areas, such as arts and crafts, singing, and dancing. The idea behind "Give Your Brain a Hand" is that students can use the talents God has already blessed them with instead of focusing on the [...]

16 05, 2014

Jupiter’s Hope

2018-08-30T16:25:36+02:00May 16th, 2014|

  Five years ago, Jupiter and his family fled to South Africa from the Congo. In his home country, Jupiter had worked as a teacher. However, as a refugee in Durban, Jupiter struggled to find work in the area of his passion, education. At first, Jupiter was able to attend the University of KwaZulu-Natal to study Community Development, but when he struggled to renew his refugee status his studies were cut short. Out of necessity, Jupiter began buying [...]

9 05, 2014

Confidence

2018-08-31T09:47:14+02:00May 9th, 2014|

For many years, CAST's Youth Development programme has provided multiple sport ministries for boys.  During the last few months, Dale Nunes and Antony Mbugua have started a tennis team specifically for high school girls in KwaDabeka. This exciting new opportunity has provided the girls a safe place to go after school to spend time with their friends and gain confidence in a new skill. On the tennis court, girls are encouraged by the coaches to keep trying new tennis [...]

29 11, 2013

Mlungisi The Barber

2018-08-31T11:16:07+02:00Nov 29th, 2013|

  Growing up in Lamontville in a two-room shack occupied by ten people, young Mlu had a dream to one day become a pilot. As a child, he had no idea this wouldn’t be that easy to attain but, as he grew older and watched his mother raise their family on a mere domestic worker’s salary, his dream started to seem impossible. It was only once he wasn’t able to complete his Matric and struggled to get a [...]

15 11, 2013

A Letter.

2018-08-31T12:24:47+02:00Nov 15th, 2013|

Here is a beautiful and inspiring letter from one of the entrepreneurs CAST has worked with: "My name is Annah Nxumalo. I live in Shongweni and support my daughter and five other children from relatives. I only had work one day per week and was struggling to provide for my family. A lady from Westville Baptist Church found work for me for another two days and helped me to start up a tuck shop. CAST sent me to [...]