Sabelo left school in Grade 10 and he joined the Kids Haven Youth Development programme in October 2014. Initially, Sabelo assisted the Kids Haven driver with the collections of donations. This provided him with the experience of working a full day job and he was taught how to take instructions, how to be punctual and courteous. He quickly learned first-hand that WORK is not the same as school! At the Youth Assembly in December, Sabelo spoke about how he felt at school. He said that he felt “dumb” and so frustrated but at Kids Haven’s Youth programme funded by StreetSmart SA, life changed for him. Given the opportunity to work, he gained skills and earned money.
It was a battle to motivate Sabelo to start the Youth Skills Programme at first, but over the past six months he has learned more about himself and the working world. Sabelo received 4 certificates for completing 4 different activities: Financial planning, a 3-month welding course, a life skills Work-4-A-Living certificate and the bronze certificate in The President’s Award. Kids Haven was able to acquire these opportunities for Sabelo with the help of StreetSmart. This equipped Sabelo with what he needed to make it out in the world and provided him with a prospect of independence ahead of him.
After recommendation from Kids Haven, Sabelo was offered a bi-monthly gardening job which he accepted. His employer sent this feedback: “We want to let you know how impressed we are with Sabelo, thank you he is a star! He really made such a great effort, was on time, arrived with snacks for himself and worked the garden we neglected for months all in a couple of hours. Not to mention how polite he is and I liked that he took initiative.” Sabelo is now working with his brother-in-law for his locksmith business on a full time basis.
The partnership between StreetSmart and Kids Haven brings life-changing opportunities to young people with extremely limited options. This project is the key to helping young people with very little formal education, to become equipped with practical skills which gives them a head start in the working world.