On 8-10 July, CAST will be hosting our first ever camp for girls. On Saturday, women from Westville and other local communities came together to brainstorm about the camp. As a result, camp focus topics will include: identity, beauty, strength, purity, women leaders, worthiness, self-esteem, confidence, healing the wounds and daughters of the King.
Our heart for the camp is that:
-Girls will develop a relationship with God.
-Girls will reach out to other girls in their community.
-Girls leave feeling empowered and self-confident.
-Girls feel beautiful inside and out.
-Girls recognize their own strength.
40 young girls (ages 13-17) will be selected from the CAST youth programmes that are run in local communities to attend the camp on the South Coast. CAST will sponsor R350 for each girl to attend camp, and the girls will be expected to raise R170 on their own. CAST is looking to raise funds for camp, as well as recruiting facilitators from the community to be camp leaders.
Another exciting event that happened on Sunday was a Parenting Workshop, hosted in partnership with Reaching Women. Susan Knighton Fitt spoke about the Stages of Development: The child’s main need at each stage, most significant relationship, personal developmental crisis every child must conquer and what can we as parents do at each stage to make it easier for the child.
Parents were encouraged to parent through their imperfections and to use our imperfect selves as moments of love and learning for their children.
There were four different case studies /discussion groups that parents could join in, based on the ages of their children, which gave them an opportunity to look at practical examples and learn to ask questions that would help them understand their child’s challenging behaviours through the eyes of their child.
CAST believes in empowering both children and parents, in order to help build healthy families in the communities where we work. If you would like to get involved with CAST’s girls camp or other opportunities to empower families, like the Parenting Workshop, please contact Dale Nunes at: firstname.lastname@example.org