ONS PLEK PROJECTS
Ons Plek is the only NPO in the Western Cape focussing exclusively on young girls and successfully re-unites female street children with their families and, failing that, they are sufficiently empowered at Ons Plek Projects to grow into healthy, independent, functioning members of society. Further preventative programms are run in the Philippi community.
She came to Ons Plek two years ago and is at Adult Education and Training (AET) in level 4, at an adult learning centre. When she arrived, Gabby had been out of school for more than a year and was not ready to continue with her education. She did not want to go to school. She had no confidence in her ability. However, attendance at bridging school improved her confidence.
Gabby now shows a lot of maturity. She enjoys going to school and is doing very well in all her learning areas. Gabby wants to be a nurse and knows that she must work hard to realize her dream. Unfortunately, Gabby may not be able to write her national exams at the end of the year because she does not have an identity document. The process has since begun for Gabby and her two siblings to be registered, but this could take very long. It frustrates her and at times it makes her want to leave school. She is currently volunteering at a nearby old age home during the weekends. From a life bordering on gangsterism, this young woman has changed remarkably.
Ons Plek received R90,000 from StreetSmart Cape Town to use towards a social worker salary.