Providing a safe space for youth and families to thrive

In 2015, the Sakhe Family Care Development Centre (SFCDC) was established by founding member and now director, Thanduxolo Buka.

“There was a lack of recreational and developmental programmes for children and youth and very limited employment and enterprise development opportunities in the Kouga local municipality. This explained the increased school drop-out rate, drug and alcohol abuse, unplanned teenage pregnancies, unemployment, gender-based violence and general crime rate. Having identified these social issues as an opportunity for empowerment and transformation, the development centre was established,” she says.

Thanduxolo recalls, “In the first year of operation there was no office and only two volunteers.We occasionally used other community facilities for planning and general management meetings as well. Today, the organization owns a building which was formerly in ruins but has now been transformed into a developmental centre through the collective support of community members, donors, and partners.”

Thandoxolo acknowledges the Amandla Omoya Trust for helping the organization turn a long-standing challenge of retaining quality employment into an achievement. “The Trust has been faithful to its purpose of building resilient communities through providing the necessary funding to social initiatives working with the youth as our main beneficiaries. We believe parent-child relationships have been improved. Social and behaviour change has been evident and reported by both parents of participants and the active participants of our programs at SFCDC.”

 

 

Men Championing Change Programme. Imbizo Dialogue Program for young men who are transitioning from boyhood to manhood. The dialogue is on positive masculinity in the above image.

 

 

 

Gender-Based Violence Awareness Program. One of our facilitators mobilising men from the community to attend the programme.

 

 

 

“Before I joined Sakhe, I was an unemployed graduate, with no work experience. This employment opportunity allowed me to gain work experience and apply the skills I learnt in my new role.”

Thuliswa Msitshana, SFCDC office administrator.