Suna, a bright young girl, is on the verge of becoming a young adult. She is smiling and looking forward to what life holds for her. This was not the case little more than a year ago.
She never knew her mother or her father since they passed away when she was still very young. Her aunty took her in. She is the youngest of 8 children and has seen and experienced more “stuff” than a girl of her age should endure. Heideveld, a suburb of Cape Town taught her to be very careful of who you interact with and not to trust anyone. Growing up with siblings that were depended on drugs, she saw what profound impact this had on her family and on herself. Suna went to the local primary school, but did not really perform according to mainstream education requirements. The headmaster of the school referred her to the Learn to Live School of Skills.
“It has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I love this school, they teach me skills, they make me feel safe and the teachers really care,” Suna says with a shy smile. “I am going to Siyaya next year on a learnership for office administration. I am so excited.” At the same time she whispers that she really, really wants to become a fashion designer one day…
Learn to Live School of Skills believe in giving the youth hope and second chances - they are committed to making that a reality for each of their learners.
StreetSmart Cape Town supports Learn to Live with funding towards the hospitality skills training instructor’s salary.