St. Kizito to Launch new Kids’ Clubs Programme

Claremont Rotary enables St. Kizito to Launch new Kids’ Clubs Programme.

Children, volunteers, staff and Board members of St. Kizito Children’s Programme (SKCP) were delighted when a representative from the Rotary Club of Claremont handed a cheque over to SKCP to enable the programme to launch its new Kids’ Clubs Programme. This donation was handed over to SKCP on 30 March 2011 at an event held at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Guguletu where the SKCP office is based.

SKCP, a community-based programme that responds to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children in the Archdiocese of Cape Town, was introduced to the concept of Kids’ Clubs in 2009 when two SKCP volunteers attended a training course on Kids’ Clubs run by the Aids Desk of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Kids’ Clubs provide children with care, stimulation, lifeskills education and opportunities to participate in art, culture and sporting activities during their afternoons and school holidays. SKCP immediately recognised the need for such a programme in its target communities and, since 2009, has run a number of holiday clubs in some of the communities where the St. Kizito movement is active.

The donation received from the Rotary Club of Claremont will enable SKCP to develop a Kids’ Clubs training module for its volunteers and to provide volunteers from 5 different communities with training on the establishment and running of Kids’ Clubs. This donation will also enable SKCP to help these volunteers to establish Kids’ Clubs in their communities and to run them for a period of 9 months. At least 100 children will benefit from these clubs.

A child from Guguletu who attended this event also gave a vote of thanks to Rotary for supporting SKCP’s Kids’ Clubs programme. In addition, she thanked SKCP for all the help that she has received from the movement. A thank you letter from a child from Manenberg was also read out. This child mentioned a number of ways in which he has benefited from the St. Kizito movement. The children who attended this event all received school stationery packs as part of SKCP’s on-going Educational Support Programme, which is funded by other funders and generous donors.

St. Kizito Children’s Programme is currently active in 18 disadvantaged communities in and around Cape Town.