By Nafisa Moolla-Palm
The Black Child Foundation have been making inroads into youth empowerment and upliftment despite its short existence. Established in 2016, their vision is to bring about change to society by creating a generation of motivated youth with positive self-esteem.
Made up of 10 founding members, all professionals in their own capacity, the foundation offers a wealth of experience and knowledge which they impart to youth through school awareness campaigns and dialogues.
Speaking to the Newcastle Express, Chairperson of the foundation, Scelo Ndwandwe said its members had faced similar experiences that many youth are experiencing today.
“From drug abuse and teenage pregnancy to peer pressure and abuse, the reason we can relate to the youth is because we have been in their places. It helps to get a strong message across when you are speaking to them from experience,” he said.
Co-founder Charmaine Mazibuko added that while it was impossible to fix each and every problem, the foundation had created a network of stakeholders who could be roped in to further assist where needed.
Founder of the Newcastle Social Market, Thandeka Sibeko also forms part of the foundation and explained the collaboration between the two entities called ‘Bring back confidence’.
“We collect sanitary pads and clothing items which are distributed not just to schools but to women in rural areas,” she stated.
Black Child Foundation members acknowledge the involvement of local government and in particular the office of the Newcastle Mayor who they say has supported their work and initiatives.
The foundations next event is a Prayer March scheduled to take place on 28 October at 10am. The march will commence at the Madadeni Police Station and end at the Majuba TVET College, Section 2.
“This is an inaugural event which will become an annual event.
Being Transport Month, the Department of Transport will be in attendance together with Taxi Associations, Mayors, guest speakers and religious leaders. We invite the greater public to attend and to be apart of this upliftment event,” Ndwandwe urged.
Members also welcome sponsorship and donations in all forms.
“This is a community event and we are a foundation for the community. In orer to be able to effect change we need to partner with government stakeholders, NGO’s and big business. The future of Newcastle rests with the youth and we need to empower our youth of today so that we can ensure the success of Newcastle in the future,” concluded Co-founding member Thami Ngubeni.
For more information or to become a sponsor contact 079 713 7669 / 076 978 9614.