In 2014, CAST’s Noodsberg Community Co-ordinator, Bongani Mkhize, heard about a boy on CAST’s soccer team who was not attending school. When Bongani visited him to find out what was going on, the boy, Siyanda ‘Zakwe’, explained that his family was unable to afford a school uniform. Zakwe lived with his father, grandmother and other family members, none of whom were working.
Moved by his story, Bongani filled a CAST donation form and was able to access the R500.00 needed for the uniform. Thanks to the assistance from CAST, Zakwe went back to school, and in 2016 he finished Grade 12.
This year Zakwe came back to Bongani’s office to thank him.
Zakwe said it was CAST that helped him to change his mind, as he was about to give up school and look for a job because of the lack of support at home.
However providing something as simple as a school uniform kept Zakwe in school and gave him a second chance at his education.
At CAST, we believe in empowering youth to become resilient, value education, achieve their dreams and become leaders in their community. CAST accomplishes this through providing various youth development programmes, with the support of sport coaches, mentors and CAST staff. We are invested in transforming lives through holistic programmes that actually empower youth to overcome their circumstances.
You too can make a difference in the life of a young person by getting involved with CAST’s Youth Development Department. Contact George Mwaura at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how you can join the movement.