Algoa helps street children break the cycle of poverty
The ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre, a permanent alternative for boys living on the street. The centre was started in 1996. Khayalethu means “our home” and that is precisely what the Centre tries to provide for the 35 former street boys that currently live at the Centre.
The ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre invests in the rehabilitation of these street children to give them a hand up, not just a hand out to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and crime; to give them the tools to make their dreams come true.
The Centre aims at preparing these boys physically, emotionally and intellectually to become responsible, functioning members of society.
At Khayalethu Youth Centre specific programs are offered aimed at their overall development and growth.
School Program: All our boys daily attend school. It is one of the biggest challenges as most of them have had very little or no schooling.
After School Program: We employ a tutor to assist and monitor the boys’ homework every afternoon and also offer extra lessons in order that they may catch up.
Community Service: It is important that the boys learn the importance of giving back to their community and with this in mind the boys volunteer at Clinics, Old Age Homes and even the Animal Welfare.
Sport Involvement: All the boys are involved in sport, both at school and at the Centre. We are very proud of their achievements, especially in Karate with most of our boys competing in the annual SA JKA Championships and almost always bringing home some medals.
Adventure Based Education: Outdoor activities and hikes teach the boys about nature, perseverance and teamwork. Many of the boys’ hidden talents come to the fore during these mini adventures.
The Centre prepare the boys physically, emotionally and intellectually to become responsible, functioning members of society. The boys are taken off the street, away from a life of crime, abuse and poverty and given another chance to reach their full potential.