The Salesian Institute touches the lives of hundreds of greater Cape Town’s street and vulnerable youth. Many of these are the forgotten ones, some the very unfortunate products of dysfunctional and abusive families, some influenced by the drug and gang cultures and almost all are depressed by a background of poverty.
Without a positive intervention in their lives there would be little hope, little expectation of a normal life and a chance to take their place in society. There would be scant belief in a God that cares or, indeed, knowledge of people who actually are concerned for their welfare, their education, discipline and the availability of opportunities to find work and build new futures.
The Institute offers a wide range of such interventions, stretching from a school for youth unable or unwilling to attend conventional schooling, to a hostel environment linked to intensive training, life skills programmes and hard skills training in tiling, bricklaying, welding, woodwork, panel-beating and leather work. Higher-level programmes cover computer literacy, office management and computer maintenance. Job placement is a key focus and we have been very successful in this regard.
The Institute also runs a street and drop-in initiative which offers medical treatment, drug and HIV counselling referrals, fresh air camps, police interventions and assistance obtaining identification documents.
Some of these projects include:
Learn to Live and the
Don Bosco Hostel for the 16+
How can you help?
With a little financial Govenment assistance we also depend entirely on donations and fundraising events to feed, accommodate and educate the children in our care. Donations, sponsorship, organising a fundraising event of volunteering are what keeps our programmes running. If you are able to help us, thank you and please go to our donations page and fill in the form.