5.1 magnitude earthquake reported near North Carolina-Virginia border

first_imgUSGSBY: MATT ZARRELL, ABC NEWS(SPARTA, N.C.) — A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck near the border between North Carolina and Virginia on Sunday morning.The earthquake was reported near Sparta, North Carolina, at 8:07 a.m., according to the USGS.There are no reports of damage or injuries. The tremors were felt from Virginia to South Carolina.The quake is the strongest the area has seen in over 100 years. The largest earthquake in the area (magnitude 5.1) occurred in 1916, according to the USGS.There were several smaller earthquakes in the area in the hours leading up to the main quake Sunday morning, officials said.“It trembled our house. And then it shook our bed. And we was like, What in the world was that?” Charlotte, North Carolina, resident Nisha Thomas told ABC affiliate WSOC. “I didn’t know what it was. Honestly, I don’t even know if it was earthquake or not. I experienced earthquakes little kid back in California, but I didn’t know if that was an earthquake or not. It really startled me.”“To me, I thought, like, I didn’t even know that earthquakes actually exist in North Carolina because I’m from California. And I didn’t even know that they exist. So I was really startled,” Thomas told the station.Aftershocks are possible in the region following the initial quake the USGS said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Athletes beat graduation rate record

first_imgFor the fourth year in a row, USC student-athletes achieved an all-time high graduation rate, according to NCAA data released last Wednesday. USC student-athletes who started school between 2007 and 2010 recorded an 86 percent six-year graduation success rate, 3 percentage points higher than in 2016. It also marks an 18-point increase over the past 10 years for USC.“We are delighted that our student-athletes continue to perform well in the classroom,” senior associate athletic director Magdi El Shahawy said to USC News.Out of 18 sports programs tracked by the NCAA, five recorded perfect graduation rates: women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s golf and women’s rowing. Four other sports had rates over 90 percent: Women’s water polo and women’s swimming both had a 96 percent rate, women’s basketball had a 92 percent rate and men’s volleyball had a 91 percent rate.USC’s football program had an all-time high graduation rate of 73 percent, and 12 USC teams either raised their graduation success rate or stayed at the same rate. Men’s golf and men’s tennis increased the most, both by 20 percentage points. Men’s and women’s track both increased 13 percent, while women’s tennis also recorded double-digit improvement, with a 12 percent rise.“There is a culture of academic success in our athletic department,” El Shahawy said, according to USC News. “And it is evident when data like this comes out.”last_img read more

Explosion blamed on captain’s order

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Investigators could not determine what sparked the explosion but said Kavouras’ order was a “breach of normal safe practices for a tank ship and defies explanation or excuse.” Faulty electrical wiring could not be ruled out. NORFOLK, Va. – An explosion that destroyed a tanker and killed 21 seamen two years ago was caused by the captain’s “stunningly” unsafe order to his crew to open vapor-filled cargo tanks for cleaning, the Coast Guard said in a report Tuesday. Opening the hatches on 22 empty tanks caused the highly flammable vapors to escape onto the deck, where the crew of the Bow Mariner was working, according to the report. A spark ignited the mixture of air and vapors from a gasoline additive, the investigators said. The investigation also found that Capt. Efstratios Kavouras abandoned ship without sending a distress call or trying to save his crew, contributing to the high death toll. The 570-foot Bow Mariner, laden with more than 3.4 million gallons of ethanol, fuel oil and diesel oil, sank about 50 miles off the Virginia coast on Feb. 28, 2004. Twenty-one of the 27 crew members died. Kavouras was among the 18 whose bodies were never found. last_img read more

Appeal launched to help Barney the blind donkey see again

first_imgA partially blind donkey found wandering on the side of a hill has been saved by a Donegal charity which hope to help him see again.Barney the donkey was found in a terrified and disorientated state in a field in Northern Ireland recently by two ladies.The women cared for Barney for a few days before they contacted the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary in Raphoe. For the first number of days the terrified creature would not interact with other donkeys or staff.Sanctuary staff quickly spotted that he had a severe problem with his sight and cataracts were diagnosed following ultrasound investigations and blood tests.https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-barney-to-seeBarney was deemed suitable for surgery at an equine clinic in England which he has just undergone. He will need to spend a minimum of 10 days in Intensive Care at the clinic following the surgery and vets are hopeful he will see once again.This along with travel costs and aftercare will place extreme pressure on the Donegal sanctuary’s funds with the onset of winter feeding bills for the other donkeys in their care.Owner of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, Danny Curran, said Barney has obviously been “through the mill.”https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-barney-to-see“It is a particularly harrowing story as Barney is very anxious around people so has obviously been subjected to cruel treatment in the past. “The sanctuary feel that his situation is especially tragic as he would have not been able to see the individual who perpetrated this treatment approaching and lived his entire life in a state of heightened terror which he is still suffering from.“Donkeys are incredibly empathetic creatures and one of the other resident donkeys has been acting as a guide donkey for Barney who follows him around the paddocks.”A ‘Gofundme’ page called ‘Help Barney See’ has been set up and can be found on the sanctuary Facebook page or clicking into https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-barney-to-seeAlternatively, donations can be made via PayPal on the Facebook page found by clicking on the ‘Learn More’ button or by cheque or postal order sent directly to Donegal Donkey Sanctuary at Castledooey, Raphoe. The sanctuary would be extremely grateful for any help offered.Appeal launched to help Barney the blind donkey see again was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:appealBarneyBlindDanny CurrandonkeyRaphoe Donkey Sanctuarylast_img read more

Why Klay Thompson still isn’t biting on free agency questions

first_imgOAKLAND – As he enters a contract year, Klay Thompson continues to maintain he isn’t all that curious about free agency and what the future might hold for him elsewhere. He’s happy where he is with the Warriors, and doesn’t think he’ll feel the itch to test the market for the first time in his career.“To be honest, not really,” Thompson said Monday at the annual media day. “I think when guys go into free agency, they’re searching for a situation like mine or similar to our team. So I’m …last_img read more

Karma Dogma

first_imgCan science discover whether belief in karma affects charitable giving?Another sociological study appears poised for non-replicability. This one, reported on PhysOrg, tried to study whether individuals’ beliefs in karma affect their readiness to support donations of time or money to charity. For review, what is karma?Although karma, the belief that the universe bestows rewards for doing right and exacts punishments for doing wrong, is largely an Eastern philosophy, there are numerous examples of the notion in Western culture as well, much in line with the sayings “you reap what you sow” and “what goes around comes around.”How would you predict the results?The results from the study showed the situation is more complex. When asked to donate their time to help other people, those who believe in karma responded more favorably than those who do not. However, the favorable response was lost when the focus of the charitable appeal was shifted from a benefit to others to a benefit to one’s self, indicating that people with karmic beliefs can be discouraged from donating if they perceive the motivation to be selfish.Let’s see how many questions we can raise about this study. How many individuals were tested? Were they adequately sampled for ethnicity, religion, social class and education? Were the testers uniform in their approach? Were gender differences of testers taken into account? How was personality and appearance of the tester controlled? Was time of day a factor? Did the participants know what karma is? Did they have uniform notions of karma? What other factors in the participants’ worldviews contributed to their responses to the questions? Were there controls using participants from the slums of Delhi? The number of uncontrolled variables seem to make any conclusions ambiguous if not dubious.What’s more instructive is the sociologists’ foray into theology and philosophy:As a naturalistic principle, karma shares properties with other irrational beliefs, such as superstition and fate, which help explain life events or occurrences that are otherwise difficult to understand. Most Americans are unlikely to admit they are irrational, but a growing body of research shows otherwise, raising previously unanswered questions about the effects of karma on consumer behaviors.How rational is it to presume conclusions from a poorly-drawn, pseudo-scientific study? Maybe the researchers should examine their own membership in the class of “most Americans” who “are unlikely to admit they are irrational.”This study seems little better than the debunked Lacour study on how to convince people to accept gay marriage (12/12/14). That aside, we can reason about the effects of theological positions. Eastern karma holds two doctrines in conflict. On the one hand, giving to charity should increase your good karma. On the other hand, people who suffer are getting what they deserve for their own bad karma. Interfering with their karma might hinder their advancement in the next life, so it is not charitable to help them. Consequently, Hindus are not particularly well known for their charity. That’s why Mother Theresa, a European, came from western culture to help the destitute that their own neighbors left to suffer.The Bible presumes a different kind of “karma” if it is even appropriate to use that word. We reap what we sow, Paul said in Galatians 6, but just prior to that he urged his readers to bear one another’s burdens.  The Bible’s principle, also advanced by Jesus and Solomon, involves consequences of choices. It is not fatalistic. It is not some mechanical principle built into mindless nature. It is God’s justice, the reward of obedience and the punishment for disobedience. The Bible replaces karma dogma with love (I Corinthians 13), the highest goal we should embrace by conscious choice.We are responsible to God for our choices. Choose well.**Need help? Click here.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Changed prisoners inspire kids

first_imgSaxon Dlamini, a maximum-securityprisoner at Leeukop prison, is determinedto obtain his freedom, so he can continuechanging the lives of others. The heavy-set steel gates, protectingThe maximum-security inmates. Bart Ngxolwana says his time inprison made him a better man in the end. Since his transformation behind bars,Rape convict Lawrence Sokufudumala,is eager to apologise face-to-face tothe woman he raped.(Images: Khanyi Magubane)Khanyi MagubaneA new anti-crime programme, presented to schoolchildren by rehabilitated inmates at a Johannesburg prison, is having a profound impact not only on learners but also on the inmates involved. The Leeukop Prison in Sunninghill, northern Johannesburg, in conjunction with the Gauteng Department of Education and a faith-based organisation, Pillar to Post, are running the programme under the theme, “Don’t swap your school uniform for a uniform of shame”.Schoolchildren from across Gauteng are bussed to the prison and take a tour, which includes motivational talks from prisoners who have gone through a process of rehabilitation. The schoolchildren also watch a 20-minute sketch perfomed by the prisoners. In the sketch, the prisoners depict the realities of prison life, discouraging the schoolchildren from getting involved in a life of crime. Part of the day’s activities includes a lunch programme where learners are divided into groups of ten and are led in discussion by a participating inmate. The discussions centre on crime and the school environment.At the end of the tour, many learners share their stories and give testimonials. The day’s programme has such a strong impact on the students that some of them declare that because of the tour, they have been encouraged to quit gangsterism or drug abuse in their local schools. In fact, according to the website of the Gauteng Department of Education, many learners also admit to being involved in criminal activities, and some even say they now want to expose criminal activities happening at their schools. Close to 2 000 students have now participated in the crime prevention programme.Three prisoners who are part of the Pillar to Post programme recently opened up about their lives, dreams and aspirations when they finally walk out of prison.The maximum-security section of any prison is viewed as the home of hardened criminals who need to be isolated and kept away from society. While that may generally be true, there are always exceptions to this rule.The towering figure of Saxon Dlamini defies the image of a hardened criminal because although he is still in Leeukop Prison’s maximum security section, the only reminder of his once hardened life is his bright orange uniform with the words “prisoner” printed all over it.Dlamini doesn’t smile, he beams. His baritone voice bellows when he speaks and his large piercing eyes draw you in. He is larger than life. He is currently serving a 35-year sentence, of which he has already served eight. His exceptional story tells of his pain from being separated from his family, making the wrong choices in life, but triumphing through it all.He was convicted in 1999 on double murder, three attempted murder and illegal possession of firearm charges. The crimes were politically motivated and were carried out during the political power struggle in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal in the 1990s. Dlamini, however, does not assume a “victim” attitude and takes full responsibility for his actions.“The state of unrest at the time led me to doing something that I now totally regret,” he says. “A human life is exactly that, a human life. None of us can say we are proud of what we did. It’s all about the wrong choices we made. I had a choice not to get involved in the fighting, as did many other people who were not involved, but I chose to get involved, so I take responsibility for my actions.”When Dlamini was convicted, he was initially told in court that his sentence would be 81 years. But he says he was surprised when his wife came to see him in the dock downstairs from the courtroom shortly after he was sentenced and told him that his sentence was actually going to be 35 years. He says that gave him some hope of making it out of prison.He served the first few years of his sentence at the Bellville Prison in KZN, but in 2005 the Department of Correctional Services moved him to Leeukop.He says his turning point was in 2001. This is when he “turned over a new leaf” and started the long road to rehabilitation, although he recalls that this journey started before he was sentenced. Back in 1986, as a young man working as a security guard in Johannesburg, he was on his daily rounds checking the offices inside the building where he was employed. He says in one of the offices, he happened to come across an inspirational message hung on the wall, which read, “I was born to succeed and not to fail. I was born to triumph against defeat.” Those words struck a chord with Dlamini, though it would only be years later that the motivational words would help him to turn his life around.He moved on into the business sector and had a successful hair care product business which he had to close down, because of escalating legal costs during his trial. He also lost his house and all his assets when he went to jail.What really pained him was that he could not provide for his wife and five children. “There are no words that can describe the pain of being away from your family.”He says he really admires his wife, who has taken up the family reins and is raising their children as a single parent. This situation forced him to sober up, as he didn’t want to be a bad role model for his children. He decided that although he was behind bars, he was going to be a honourable man that his children could look up to. His family visits him once or twice a month, and each time he sees his children, he realises how much of their lives he’s missing out on.So evident was his change in attitude and behaviour that Dlamini was given an opportunity by the Department of Correctional Services to tell his story as a means of not only deterring would-be criminals, but as a way to show that being in prison doesn’t mean having an imprisoned mind. His motivational talks have gone beyond the prison walls and he has been interviewed on national and regional radio stations.Dlamini is looking forward to leaving prison life behind and is planning to apply for a presidential pardon. President Thabo Mbeki announced in Parliament late last year that the process for presidential pardons would once again commence. Dlamini first applied for a presidential pardon while he was still in the Bellville prison. He has a reference number and he says the Justice Ministry has acknowledged receiving his application.From the 15th of January 2008, for a limited period of time, prisoners who committed politically motivated crimes before the 9th of June 1999 will now be eligible to apply for a presidential pardon. A panel will review and assess all the applications. Dlamini is hoping that his application will be one of the favoured ones.“I am hopeful that my presidential pardon will be successful. I already have 22 letters from schoolchildren who have written to me after listening to my talks, and I also have nine letters from schools directed to Pillar to Post as testimonials on my character. I will be handing in my supporting documents with my application. I have really changed and I’m hopeful that the [Justice] department will see that. Everybody knows Saxon, and they know that I am a different man now.”He is looking forward to continuing with his newfound passion of motivational speaking. He has also started writing a book about his life, which he hopes to publish soon.There’s a saying that “bad company corrupts good character” and nobody knows this better than Bart Ngxolwana. The jovial Ngxolwana, from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, is also a motivational speaker in the Pillar to Post programme. He is based in the medium A section of Leeukop prison and is looking forward to going home at the end of this year.Ngxolwana has served five-and-a-half years of his 15-year sentence for hijacking and robbery, which he claims he was never a part of. “In 1994, my friends came to pick me up one night and I didn’t know that it was a hijacked car and that there were stolen goods in the car because my friends had just been involved in an armed robbery.”Shortly afterwards, police picked up the gang and Ngxolwana was arrested along with them. The case, however, was withdrawn due to a lack of suffient evidence.Then in 2000, one of his former co-accused was involved in a similar crime and during investigations, the old case was resurrected, as police now felt they had more concrete evidence for the prosecution.He says he was shocked when he had to go to court for that old case. “I received a call, informing me that I have to stand trial for that 1994 case. I was devastated as I didn’t see it coming.” In that time, Ngxolwana had become a prominent man in his community, leading the local church. He had also become involved in a motivational roadshow, in which he promoted the products of the company that he worked for throughout the country.He was sentenced along with his co-accused to 15 years in jail. However, because of his stellar life and personality, he is looking forward to being released on good behaviour at the end of 2008. But he says that he doesn’t regret going to jail, because of the number of lives he has been able to touch through the work that he does with Pillar to Post.“I’m glad that I get to tell the children that we are where we are today because of our poor choices. I’ve always wanted to tell my story and I always tell the youngsters, don’t mix with bad company. I am here today because my friends wanted too much, too soon.” He’s looking forward to being re-united with his wife and his six-year-old daughter, who had just been born when he started serving his sentence.For 26-year-old Lawrence Sokufudumala, however, coming to prison was what really saved his life. The self-confessed former drug and alcohol addict from Alexandra, northern Johannesburg, says his life was out of control. His hard living ways culminated in him raping a young girl. He was sentenced to 10 years for rape and has served three.It was while he was studying the Bible inside prison that he heard about Pillar to Post and decided to audition for a part in the sketch perfomed by the prisoners. He says because of his naturally charismatic personality, he got the part and has since embarked on a road to recovery for himself as well. “I’m only realising now that my life was out of control. For me, I don’t really care what people will say when I come out, because they knew me as a very different person from the one that I am now. I am ready to go back into the community, to show them that my life has changed.”When he leaves prison one day, Sokufudumala wants to personally apologise to the girl that he raped. “I tried to contact her through a social worker here in prison, so that I could apologise, but unfortunately, the social worker who was co-ordinating that process left. So now, I will have to wait until I leave here,” he says pensively.He hopes to continue acting and even starting a music career one day, because he has realised that he has a passion for music and the entertainment industry as a whole. But until then, Sokufudumala is living a positive and inspiring life, even with the constrictions of prison life.The three men have displayed, through the work that they do with Pillar to Post, that it is possible to be truly rehabilitated behind bars and find a sort of freedom. Saxon Dlamini is hopeful that both he and his now close friend Bart Ngxolwana will be free men by the end of this year, while Sokufudumala is praying that he will also soon be eligible for early release on good behaviour. Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

Playing a part to help the elderly

first_imgTumisho Mohlabane started the elderlyhealth and fitness classes in Mohlakeng,because he wanted to play his part inteaching the senior members of thecommunity about the importance ofstaying active and taking good careof their health. (Image: edfromct.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tumisho Mohlabane   +27 82 707 5639 RELATED ARTICLES • Play your part: make SA even better • Transforming lives through sport • SA trio trek to Mongolia for charity • Capetonian youths get sportyNosimilo Ramela It’s 11 o’clock in the morning and the elders at the Mohlakeng Community Centre, on Johannesburg’s West Rand, are winding down their morning fitness class.Former teacher Tumisho Mohlabane started the class to help elderly residents take better care of their health and wellness.The majority of attendees are pensioners between the ages of 50 and 80. Since starting the classes three months ago many members say their health has improved significantly.Mohlabane said he started the classes because he wanted to play his part in teaching the senior members of the community about the importance of staying active and taking good care of their health, thereby avoiding illness and living longer.“I am a retired teacher who used to be active and healthy,” he said. “Once I stopped working I was less active and started gaining weight and suffering from ailments such as high blood pressure. I had to go to the clinic for monthly check ups like many old people in this community do.”Unhappy about the situation, Mohlabane wanted to change his lifestyle and improve his health. “I spoke to my doctor and asked him what I could do. He suggested I do some light exercise and advised me on healthy eating options.”Mohlabane started by walking for 30 minutes every morning and doing light exercise, as well as eating healthier by adding more vegetables and fruits to his meals and cutting back on junk food.“I was doing nothing all day after I retired. I would sit at home watching television and eating lots of sweets and deep fried meat,” he said. “I believe this led to the decline in my health. Once I started exercising and eating healthily, I felt more energised and no longer had high blood pressure that I had to treat with medication.”Encouraged by his improved health, Mohlabane visited the local clinic and churches and invited other senior members of his community to join him in a spot of light exercise every morning. He also gave them advice on good eating.“That was basically the birth of our daily elderly health and wellness classes. I had found something that had improved my life and wanted to help my peers improve theirs too,” he said.Staying positive is the best wayMatsidiso Mapetla has been attending the classes since they began. At first she could hardly keep up with the rest of the group as she was struggling with arthritis.“It’s been about three months now and I can walk fast without feeling pain in my legs and ankles as I used to,” she said. “I feel lighter too – I used to huff and puff trying to breathe properly and complete the exercises. Now I lead some of the exercises and can last beyond the duration of the class.”The classes run from Monday to Friday between 7am to 11am, and depending on their daily routine, members can arrive at any time during the session. They start with a 30-minute jog or walk followed by exercise and games. The group then ends off by sharing stories about their week or weekend, while they do gentle exercises to wind down, before they depart.“It’s so much fun,” said Malebo Sithole. “So many of us were suffering from all sorts of illnesses associated with being old, like diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis, but now we are all telling a different story. A few hours of exercise and laughter, eating healthy and staying positive has really changed our lives for the best.”   Sithole said many elders in the community are dealing with challenges at home and the classes help them to escape from the stress and have some fun for a while“The people that attend these classes are mothers, fathers, and grandparents who are caring for big households. Some have children who are sick from HIV, or are caring for their HIV-orphaned grandchildren,” said Sithole.“Being here helps them to just take time to look after themselves and relax with their peers. Even at such an age, playing really still does wonders for one’s health and life overall.”Mohlabane said he is hoping to bring in dieticians and other exciting guests to talk to the group about their health, and motivate them to continue on their health and wellness journey.“I started this thinking I would just have a few neighbours join me, but we have many people now and the success has been so encouraging. There are 27 of us in the group, with more people keen to join. It doesn’t cost us anything to do this, we just have to pitch and play.”last_img read more

Soccer, life skills for Zandspruit youth

first_img9 November 2011 Working together makes it possible to achieve more – but somebody has to make a start. That’s one of the lessons to be taken from Singcono Masisonke Football Club, which is giving the youngsters of Zandspruit informal settlement much more than just football skills. It took a long time and many people to play their part to get it where it is today. But it took the vision and initiative of four people in particular to get the ball rolling. Back in 2009, Pastor Simon Mosia was mentoring a number of teenage boys at the Thandanani House of Refuge in Zandspruit, an informal settlement north-west of Johannesburg, every afternoon, and playing soccer with them. Mosia then approached two youngsters in the community, Shimi Mathebula and Peter Malinga, to assist him when his workload became too heavy. Philen Naidu, who was a missionary in the community at that time – having just founded the My Life My Africa Children’s Foundation – joined hands with Shimi and Peter to lend support. They partnered with the Emthonjeni Community Centre, cleaned up a patch of land into a soccer field, and began to develop a football club.‘Together, we are better off’ The children and youth of Zandspruit have no facilities to keep them occupied in the afternoons and evenings. Without something to keep them occupied, most them spent their time on the streets. This was where the gangs, drugs, alcohol and womanising started, which was destroying the youth. Naidu explains: “We came up with the name ‘Singcono Masisonke’ (together, we are better off) because we wanted to unify the community. We believe that for the youth to break free of the shackles of poverty and neglect, it is imperative that they build positive and healthy relationships through unity and peace.” Currently, there are about 120 boys, aged 9 to 19, who train at Singcono Masisonke Football Club from Monday to Sunday. They have an Under 10, 13, 15 and 17 division. The group also partnered with Golang Education Outreach and look after a number of their children. Naidu says they are a values-based club and they take their lead from the teachings of the Bible: believing in peace, love, grace, forgiveness and tolerance, but also believing that a person must have a heart that is willing to be re-shaped in order for the group to work with him. They also partnered with the Panorama Football Club in 2011, and played against Orlando Pirates and Wits this year, together with matches against local schools and clubs in the area. An extra-mural learning environment The vision of My Life My Africa is to facilitate and nurture the growth of an extra-mural learning environment and culture for the young people of Zandspruit – to keep them off the streets and steadily equipped them for a bright future. “Our first boy in the club has reached Grade 12 this year, and we managed to secure him 31 hours of private tuition to help with his preparations for the matric finals,” says Naidu. “From here, we are planning to implement a sustainable after-school tuition structure to support all high school children with their studies, homework and career planning. We also have a youth gathering every Tuesday evening to go into closer mentorship through life issues that the youth have. “Our vision is to have a Zandspruit Community that is filled with practical, emotional, spiritual and educational activities and learning opportunities for the youth – Monday to Sunday.” Shimi and Peter have been sponsored this year to complete their Grade 12. Both have been trained as childcare workers and have been employed by Golang. The foundation has a few partners who help keep it strong and get things going.Getting people to engage Naidu says they need to be “westernised” in how they deal with the westernised sector of society, which is where the funds have to come from. But at the same time they have to be mindful and sensitive to the cultures within the community. This is the challenge. “Funding is never easy – unless you are a well-established organisation, government and corporate are not even interested in talking to you. “And then to approach small and medium business, churches, individuals and groups is also frustrating, because people are lavish with praise and vocal support, but to move them from their comfort zones to actually step into Zandspruit to engage with the people is not so easy,” says Naidu. “It’s difficult to motivate people to give financially unless their hearts have been moved, and this seldom happens if individuals do not engage with the impoverished sector of society.” What he appreciates most about the project is to watch the visible change come over the faces of youth and young adults in his care. To see them as confused, disruptive and ill-disciplined people when they arrive, and then to watch them grow in humility, service, gratitude and hope is a great reward. Their focus remains on equipping those who are in their care to be the leaders of the ones who are younger than they are. The vision is to have sufficiently equipped and competent leadership teams in place by the end of 2012, so that all their work in Zandspruit takes on community “ownership”. Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more