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9 12, 2019

#IAm a Child of God: Naledi’s story

2019-12-09T12:36:49+02:00Dec 9th, 2019|

One of the main aims of the CAST Ministry is to help those in our communities grow, develop and be a guiding light for others. One of these people is 15-year-old Naledi Dladla who shares her testimony about how her life has been transformed since joining CAST: My Name is Naledi Nthabiseng Dladla, I am 15 Years old and I am a Christian, a child of GOD. I live in the rural Appelsbosch Mission Area with my granny, [...]

9 09, 2019

Building Resilience in our Youth: Azriel’s Story

2019-09-09T16:43:50+02:00Sep 9th, 2019|

At CAST, we believe that resilience is key to being able to deal with life's challenges and bounce back from setbacks. In addition to our sport and discipleship programmes, we are excited to be running the Smart Moves Resilience programme as part of the national Life Orientation curriculum that will reach over 400 youth in our communities this year - many of whom have already shown great improvement in their level of engagement and participation at school. The [...]

2 09, 2019

A Light on the Path: Lynette Pather’s Story

2019-09-02T09:59:38+02:00Sep 2nd, 2019|

Lynette Pather is an experienced youth leader in the community of Phoenix in Durban, South Africa and has dedicated herself to helping the children and youth in her area through CAST’s Reading Intervention Programme for Grade 3s, and Life Skills Resilience Programme for Grade 7s. She first joined CAST as a volunteer in 2017 when a pastor from Cornerstone Community Church went door-to-door around the neighbourhood to speak to youth and Sunday School teachers about the programmes that [...]

12 08, 2019

Hope for the Future: Judith’s Story

2019-08-12T16:34:02+02:00Aug 12th, 2019|

Since joining CAST as a programme participant two years ago, 31-year-old Judith Abrams has made a valuable impact in giving back to her community as a volunteer for CAST’s Child Literacy and Youth Development programmes. Judith came to know CAST through a friend who worked at the Mariannridge CAST Community Centre assisting in the facilitation of programmes. She then signed up to participate in the Business Experience and Business Growth courses to learn how she could improve her [...]

8 10, 2018

Getting Down to Business: Lebohang’s Story

2018-10-08T12:55:21+02:00Oct 8th, 2018|

At just twenty-years-old, Lebohang Gaula is already a thriving businessman. It all began in August last year, when he spotted a CAST flyer at a local shop in KwaDabeka and jumped at the opportunity to join the business programme. Over the course of 3 months, he successfully completed the Business Experience Course and Business Growth Course. Using what he learnt, he set about starting his own business. Like many of the youth in his community, he faced [...]

20 09, 2018

boy2Man: Ayanda’s Story

2018-09-20T15:28:55+02:00Sep 20th, 2018|

The CAST Annual Boys2Men Camp is one of the highlights of our year where we get to spend uninterrupted time with the young men in our communities and address the desperate need for guidance, advice, affirmation, and create a way for these boys to discover their identity.  Below is the story of one of these boys whose life has been greatly impacted through this camp, as well as the ongoing support of mentors and volunteers:   Twenty-two year old [...]

24 08, 2018

Shooting for the Stars: Bryan’s Story

2018-09-14T15:55:15+02:00Aug 24th, 2018|

On his way home from school one day, 14-year-old Samkelo Bryan Cele, learnt something that would change his life. Being tall in stature, a friend invited him to join the CAST Basketball team that trained at KwaDabeka Baptist church. Without any former knowledge of the sport, or the right kit, Bryan went to check it out. At first, it was tough. The other boys had skills and experience that far outweighed young Bryan playing in a pair of [...]

16 11, 2017

Coach Bongani

2018-09-14T16:26:26+02:00Nov 16th, 2017|

Originally from Harrismith, 25-year-old Bongani Tshabalala has made a home in the community of KwaDabeka, a township situated just east of Pinetown. Since joining CAST as a volunteer soccer coach last year, he now feels fully invested in the development of the youth in the community. Growing up with an older brother and two younger siblings, Bongani sought to become independent from an early age. While he spent much of his time at the gym training for the [...]

10 11, 2017

Moving Beyond Charity: Making a Spiritual Impact

2018-09-14T16:25:14+02:00Nov 10th, 2017|

During the past month, CAST has witnessed tremendous spiritual growth in the lives of our participants, both through special events and regular programming. Holiday Clubs During the October school holidays, CAST had the opportunity to partner with two local churches, Joy Chapel Ministries in Mariannridge and Lamontville Baptist Church, to host holiday clubs in these areas.  The clubs provided a unique opportunity for CAST to assist the local church in providing a few days of fun, faith and [...]

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 [...]