April Holiday Camps

April Holiday Camps – Bong’s Report from the Beach.

W4C Mentor Coach Bongani Ndlovu reports back from this April’s W4C holiday camp for children from inner city townships in the Cape

Waves for Change is proud to announce the success of the first holiday camp for the year which took place in Muizenberg over the weekend. The camp was held in partnership the City of Cape Town as they see the impact the W4C Schools programme has in Masiphumelele and Monwabisi.

The camp once again took 30 young adults from various disadvantaged communities in the peninsula for 2 fun-filled days where they were taught life skills and Hiv/Aids education as the curriculum sees prevention better than cure. The holiday camp was aimed at empowering the kids with information that addresses risky behaviour and also information they can take back to their respective communities as change agents. The holiday camp is set with the background bearing in mind that at least 25% of the children their age are affected by the Hiv/Aids.

The camp also paved as a beacon that shows the growth of the coaches at Waves for Change to showcase their leadership capabilities. The coaches ran the camp and they used their coaching skills to strengthen the legacy they have started. The coaches saw the camp as another method of ensuring that more kids are aware of the dangers in their respective communities and also ensure that the kids are equipped to handle the dangers. The coaches forged relationships with the young adults that will ultimately leave a legacy of change and awareness. Thus the camp was a success and a wonderful experience for coaches in building a sustainable legacy.

The weekend also saw great weather for the surf camp to be a great success. There was very little wind which ensured that many of the young adults rode their first wave. The camp also saw young adults coming to the beach for the very first time. The camp opens up opportunities to the kids that were previously not there which leaves a lasting impact on their resilience to be goal-orientated individuals. We are already making plans for the next camp which will see more young adults from around the peninsula to enjoy the wave changing experience.

Many of the participants said they would love to join the camp again and are looking forward to sharing all that they learnt with friends and family. The innovative curriculum that we use at the beach makes the kids enjoy themselves and the same time learn a lot in order to build safer communities. And it all starts with one wave.

There will be more camps of this format and you take this time and email us on how you could be part of this wave of change. Be part of the wave of change and share the joy of changing the young lives of these kids one wave at a time.