Zama remembers walking past KwaDabeka Baptist Church and noticing the CAST basketball team training outside the church, but there were no girls and no netball.
It was through word of mouth that Zama and her friend Nonhle, along with several other girls from the community interested in playing basketball, eventually joined the CAST Youth Development Programme.
They came looking to train, and were encouraged to join the juniors team. However, as more girls joined the team, CAST realized the need for an actual girls basketball team.
Mthoko, a long-time CAST member and talented basketball player, was asked to coach the girls. With help from their new coach, the girls have grown in their basketball skills, as well as learning the value of teamwork. The girls play their first game next week.
Zama is 16 years old and attends Pinetown Girls High School. Coming to KwaDabeka Baptist Church from school, she commutes an hour, taking two taxis just to make it on time for Tuesday and Friday basketball practice and Youth Service, as well tutoring on Thursday.
Zama sometimes battles to balance schoolwork, basketball, and commitments at home, especially when chores are waiting for her after practice!
However, both Zama and Nonhle have benefitted from being a part of CAST, especially being tutored in Maths by Sinothando, a CAST volunteer who is a university student studying teaching.
Nonhle has also found the Friday Night Youth Service a great way to focus on God. As Nonhle explains, “It can ease your mind away from problems at home.”
Zama and Nonhle both have big plans for the future. Zama hopes to receive a bursary from Wits University or UCT to study Psychology, while Nonhle hopes to study Zoology.
CAST’s Youth Development Programme is all about helping youth realize their potential and achieve their dreams. CAST is still looking for someone knowledgeable in Physics or Accounting who can tutor young people like Zama and Nonhle. If this opportunity sounds like something you’d be interested in, contact George Mwaura at: firstname.lastname@example.org