Nelson Mandela Day
On Wednesday July 18th, 2012, C4L is inviting anyone to volunteer for 67 minutes to commemorate this day. The "To Do" list amounts to maintenance both in the garden and around the campus buildings. C4L only wishes to provide an accessible outlet where people can join hands to celebrate the greatest life in the world in 2012! Come and lend a hand! Hoyo hoyo!!!
Community Work Programme
C4L is co-hosting the roll out of this government-led initiative. It has formed a Joint Venture with another NGO to serve as Provincial Implementing Agency (PIA). Its remit is of course Skills Development.
On an interim basis, for the first quarter (April - June), the PIA office has been based on the C4L campus. However, it will move into Nelspruit in due course.
C4L is influencing the process of CWP roll out to benefit Youth and Women in particular.
Heritage Day Celebration 2011
C4L hosted a Heritage Day event to celebrate the the national holiday with young people from White Hazy, Sabie, Pinaar etc, it was a day to embrace our culture, with the theme BACK TO OUR ROOTS. These young people performed Drama, Traditional dances, Music, poetry and many other arts and cultural activies, they were all dressed traditionally, they looked so beautiful. we had two adults that came to show and tell us more abou the Swati Culure as well as a short description of how they used to behave. not only that, we hosted also the loved Djs of the local radio station Ligwalagwala Fm, Sweet Mike and Lungile Mhango, they blessed us with African music and Lungile gave a great speech of encouragement to the youth.
We closed the day by having a great meal, only African traditional food was served.
we are looking forward to celebrating more of these theme daysm such as Mandela Day, Youth Day etc, touching the lifes of the youth out there and also it is a way to let them know that we are there as the Desmond Tutu Centre for Leadership, nurturing their talents and opening opportunities for them to persue their dreams.
Ten Canadian youth volunteered to help with the winter camp in July 2011. It was the first English Access camp ever run at C4L, for orphans and vulnerable children frequenting Kids Clubs in high schools. The project is funded by the USA Embassy in Pretoria, which sent honoured guests to officially launch the project during the camp.
C4L is now a Youth-led organization
Over the past 5 years, this trend was intentional:
First, youth became a key target group in programming, starting in 2003.
Then starting in 2005, training youth volunteers to deliver community service began in earnest.
By 2007, with expansion, some volunteers were finding their way onto C4L staff and Board.
By 2009, you had to look to find someone older than 35 on the C4L campus! A few even found their way onto the senior management team in 2010.
At the AGM in 2011, a rotating system of CEO was adopted. All those involved are youth.
Social Innovation Prize
Portia Dlamini joined the C4L Youth Corps several years ago and started a Kids Club using the know-how she acquired at C4L in her own community of KaMklushwa. She later started as a camp counselor and eventually became Music Director for camps in 2009. That byear she was inspired to nominate Orchard Camp for one of Mpumalanga's CSI Awards. Her motivation is the new Camp Diary . C4L won the prize and she accompanied the CEO to the awards ceremony in February, 2010.