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Masizi

12195802_1188304421183504_5589071048918714410_nLast year Masizi Ostrich joined the CAST team as a Youth Development Intern in the rural community of Appelsbosch.  An experienced rugby player, Masizi played for the Midlands Rugby Academy.  Masizi first became passionate about development work after he started coaching rugby.  Many of the kids he coached didn’t have kits and battled with tough home lives.

However, everything changed when Masizi was injured and returned home to Appelsbosch.  As a member of Appelsbosch Baptist Church, Masizi got involved with CAST through his Pastor, Andrew Dube.

As Masizi explains, “I want other people’s lives to change as much as mine.”

This year Ostrich has moved to CAST’s Head Office in Westville to gain more experience in community development.  He will be interning with the various CAST departments, learning more about how CAST works in the communities.

CAST relies on our amazing team of interns to accomplish much of the work the Lord has called us to do.  Our interns are supported by donors who believe in their calling and want to support CAST’s mission to mobilise the local church to reach out with practical compassion to empower, transform and redeem communities.  If you are interested in supporting Mazisi this year, you can either give directly through EFT (details below) or contact Charmaine Moses at: charmaine@cast.org.za

Nedbank, Branch: Westville Mall/138026

Account: CAST Trust, No: 101 7717 672

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Zama

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For the past two years, CAST has been blessed with a team of social work students from UNISA and UKZN who do their practical placements with our organisation.  Last year, one of those students from UNISA, Zama Meyiwa, was placed at Addington Primary School with the Bright Site Project.  Now as a qualified social worker, Zama has joined the team of CAST interns for 2016.

“I want to put into practice what I’ve learned as a social worker and go into the community with an open mind.”

This year Zama will be primarily working with the Relief Services and Counselling Departments, while also assisting in other departments.  Her skills as a qualified social worker make her a valuable member of the CAST team!

Known as a serious person, Zama is a bit of a workaholic and likes to get stuff done.  However her passion for social inclusion is very evident.  Growing up in the rural community of Umbumbulu, Zama was motivated to pursue a career in which she could make a difference in the community and help others.

“Social work is mostly about development – not to just be there and do nothing, but to understand the people.  If you help a single person in the community, they will go out and help others.  Then the project will sustain itself.”

CAST relies on our amazing team of interns to accomplish much of the work the Lord has called us to do.  Our interns are supported by donors who believe in their calling and want to support CAST’s mission to mobilise the local church to reach out with practical compassion to empower, transform and redeem communities.  If you are interested in supporting Zama this year, you can either give directly through EFT (details below) or contact Charmaine Moses at: charmaine@cast.org.za

Nedbank, Branch: Westville Mall/138026

Account: CAST Trust, No: 101 7717 672

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Thandi and the Girls

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For CAST’s Sport & Youth Development Department, 2015 was all about integrating girls into the programme. In the beginning of 2015, the Lord prompted several girls in KwaDabeka looking for a safe place to gym to join CAST’s basketball training. Those girls brought their friends, and soon CAST had enough girls from the community to start a female basketball team.

The only problem was that the girls had no one to lead them. A few senior guys stepped up to the plate and filled the gap by coaching the team, but the girls longed for a female coach who they could relate to. So when Coach Thandi Gova joined CAST’s Sport & Youth Development Internship Programme this year, there was no doubt the Lord had answered the prayers of our girls!

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Although Thandi comes across as shy and calm, she has a very adventurous spirit, a sharp sense of humor, and always wants to try new things. Thandi loves sport and plays hockey, soccer, and softball.

Thandi comes with an educational background in Coaching Science. Although her background is not in basketball, she is excited to learn more and also introduce new sports for the girls in our programme.

Her motivation to do development work comes from a desire to give back to the community. Originally from the Eastern Cape, Thandi always wanted to do something for girls because there were few positive opportunities for them, and teenage pregnancy was a huge problem.

However, because of Thandi’s educational qualifications in Coaching Science, she thought she would only be able to work in the private sector. But when she found out about CAST’s Sport & Youth Development Department, Thandi was excited to finally be able to live out her passion.

As Thandi explained, “I believe girls are not given enough opportunity to explore in sports. I’m excited to be working with the girls and empowering them.”

CAST relies on our hardworking interns to accomplish much of the work in the community, and they are a huge blessing to our organisation. Please keep Thandi and the girls in your prayers as they start 2016!