The first camp, of hopefully many more, was held on the weekend of the 7th to 9th October at “Kogelberg Farm Hostel”. This was aimed at girls from the community between the ages of 13-18yrs. They all come from homes with huge social problems and find it difficult to cope, some falling victim to teenage pregnancy and substance abuse, and some just dropping out of school. This was a joint venture by ACVV, Soul Food Harmony, Right to Care and Siphila Sonke. Special thanks must go to all who helped this happen. Although the weather was chilly the girls soon settled down, made new friends and had somebody to listen to and give them guidance.
The camp, a dream of Lynette de Bruyn-Davids from Soul Food Harmony, was led and facilitated by Lynette who quickly gained the trust and respect of the girls. She is a remarkable woman with a great passion for the community and its children. When asked where she got the training to be able to work (and cope) her answer is simple – GOD given. As can be imagined the stories of abuse and hopelessness are very traumatic to the person counseling and this could be seen on Saturday afternoon when visiting there.
It is important that we must now not lose the trust and interaction with the girls and need to build on this and the decision was made that follow-up meetings with these girls will be held every second month. The first of which will be on Friday 2nd December 2016 at the Baptist Church from 4-9 pm.