Youth training: hairdressers, artisans, hospitality management, Siyathokoza, Botshabelo, Archdiocese of Bloemfontein
Priscilla Rakhetsi of the SACBC AIDS OFFICE met Alina Ntsau (Project Coordinator), Mamosidi (M&E), Dikeledi (Finance) at the Siyathokoza Centre, Botshabelo, Archdiocese of Bloemfontein on 18th October 2012
The children registered in the programme are from Section M, N, L, D, E and T. All the services are rendered at Siyathokoza Centre in Botshabelo and the site has fourteen care workers serving a total of 540 active children. Four of the care workers are working with the disabled children.
The site has an after school care programme which assists children with homework, debates, sports and study groups. The after school care programme benefits children on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The site is also working closely with the Department of Social Development in three specific areas. They look after the disabled children, assist the project with debriefing sessions for care givers and encourage the formation of support groups.
The site has also collaborated with RDSP (Rural Development and Support Programme). The RDSP offer various trainings such as fundraising, financial management and organisational planning. The staff benefited a lot from these trainings.
Ten Children were trained as hair dressers and six received artisan training in Bethlehem. During the September school holidays, the project organised a hospitality management training where a total of ten children benefited from the training. The main purpose of the training was to equip them with basic understanding about the hospitality industry, such as how to deal with guests, make beds, set tables, and how to make breakfast. The duration of the training was five days.