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INFORMATION AND HOMEWORK CENTRE 
 
The purpose of this project is to contribute meaningfully towards the education of refugee and other marginalised children, especially in cases where it is difficult for parents, guardians or carers to provide homework supervision as a result of limited resources, language difficulties, and necessary employment leading to lack of time and capacity to attend to children’s’ homework and other schooling needs.

 

Additional support for school going children is especially needed in the case of many refugees who are struggling with jobs which involve long hours and where carers are unable to speak English which is the language used in the schools attended by the youth in Durban. The information centre acts not only as a resource for school youth doing homework and social projects but as a resource for all Tumaini projects and an information source for refugee rights.
 
Specifically, this project is aimed at intervening in the following areas:


The creation of a homework and information center with access to internet, where volunteer tutors will help students with their homework;
afterhour care and basic homework support including reading, writing and numeracy for primary school goers;
support with key subjects required for accessing tertiary education including mathematics, physical science, life sciences and accounting for high school goers;
creating a safe space for sharing dialogue, developing problem solving and critical thinking skills.

 
 
 

Youth Groups
 
The Tumaini Community Project has as a central objective a focus on implementing programmes involving the youth of the beneficiary community. The importance of this has been highlighted as refugee youth particularly are considered a marginalised group and there are very few interventions or support groups aimed at the youth despite the various stressors that impact them including the effects of migration, xenophobia and a lack of opportunities. These hardships and stressors are often highlighted in regard to adults but have not been targeted in regard to their effect on the children of migrants and refugees.
 
The overall aim of the youth programme is to facilitate a sense of belonging, community and social support.  In the case of older youth there is also a focus on facilitating voice, encouraging social activism and collective responsibility through social action projects generated by and for the youth. 
 
Youth Development and Psychosocial Programmes
Interactional research
Teenagers:
This programme has been evaluated by research linked to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) focussed on working with life stories and strength-based methods commencing in April 2016.  Aims include:
To provide a safe space to dialogue, discuss and reflect on issues of relevance to teenagers and facilitate emotional wellness;
To create self-awareness and facilitate personal growth and psychosocial wellbeing;
To impart life skills including: communication, team-work, self-expression, conflict-resolution; 
To create a sense of belonging, community and social support; and
To facilitate voice, social activism and critical consciousness with an emphasis on building awareness of constitutional rights and promoting access to socio-economic rights.
Younger group: 6 – 12 years  
Aims:
To provide a safe space for children to gather and socialise together;
To create a sense of belonging and community;
To provide exercises and activities to promote fine and gross motor skills;
Communication, team-building skills, and fun and games.
Christican Youth Groups (DMC)

 
       
FASHION
       
       
DRAMAS
       
       
SHARING STORIES, POETRY & OPINIONS
       
       
MARSHMELLOW CHALLENGE
       
       
DANCE
       
       
POEMS FROM OUR YOUTH!
 

Teen Revolution
 
We say we young
We say we clean
We say we dream
For everything
 
We dance
We laugh
We sing
We rough
 
But we still fight for
Everything
 
We pray, we loud
We share, we crowned
But we still like in
Everything
 
We smoke
We drink
We fight
We sin
 
But still deny
In everything
 
This is the teen revolution

 

Xenophobia
 
Why do we fight when
We can all just fly a kite
 
Why do we shudder when
We can all fight murder
 
Is it because of attention
When your crime can lead
You to the station
 
If we just stop killing
We can have a feeling for each
Other
 
But because of xenophobia
It leading the world to disorder
 
Our world is being turned around
When we can just stay
In our ground
 
If we can stop this childish behavior
We can make our world
A better place for all of us

 

 

Say “NO” to Xenophobia
 
Say no to xenophobia
the worlds remedial disorder
 
We eat fish,
and little sodas
 
Earthquakes are firm but
destroying
 
But this phobia is really
growing
 
It’s growing in little folders
 
Distructions the new
remorse now
 
We filter
we read in phones
that our hearts are
turning into stones
 
Jesus came and died
on his own
 
Why don’t we have a little
joy?
 
Say “NO” to xenophobia

A woman’s unique sympathy
 
A woman is a treasure of all
mankind, her constant emotions
are felt from the earth’s crust
 
You may fill her, with anger today
but tomorrow she’s okay!
Her constant beauty is not
to delay, her beauty’s from the
heart and not from her face
She repeats her reprimands
in a funny cuteish way
 
They say….what a flower without
colour, despite all her shower
Same with a woman in every
little gesture and behaviour
I say her sympathy is
unique in every little way
 
A woman is a woman
even without a share
Nuture her with care in a
slightly simple way
and you will see, everything
will be okay

 

YOUTH RESEARCH PROJECT  
For further information on research outcomes, contact Lynn
tlnorton@iafrica.com
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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