Appelsbosch Baptist Church is a long-time partner of CAST, and is located in the Ilembe district, neighbouring the other partner CAST communities of Noodsberg and Chibini. High rates of teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and lack of activities and work opportunities keep the youth in this community from realising their potential.
Through inspiration from CAST, Mrs. Sindi Dube (Appelsbosch Baptist Church pastor’s wife) launched the Separated Kingdom Daughters (SKD) initiative which raises awareness to young girls about teenage pregnancy, whoonga abuse, fatherlessness, etc.
The goal of the SKD initiative is to deepen the thinking of young women with regard to their infinite roles in society, enhance their self-esteem, inspire and motivate them to reach their full potential through teaching and counselling with the Word of God.
A young person from Appelsbosch was granted a bursary from SKD towards studying Maritime Engineering at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Those in the initiative also donated uniforms, school shoes and stationary to many learners within the community.
This initiative work is focused on seeing poverty eradicated and education prioritized.
CAST is passionate about empowering and mobilising local churches like Appelsbosch Baptist Church to make a difference in the community, especially among the vulnerable. If you would like to know more about how CAST partners with local churches, check out our website at: cast.org.za