SARAFINA DANCE GROUP
The St. John's Sarafina Dance group was started in 2015 and is made up of a group of thirty young women from the outreach center. The dance group was started to help the young women grow in self-confidence! It also was a perfect way to help them increase in their emotional development and physical fitness level... CONTINUE READING.
GUMBOOT DANCE TEAM
Vincent "Dube", a staff member at St. John the Divine, saw that the older kids at the center needed something to keep them off the streets, something to excite them, keep them entertained and focus them.... the answer? A Gumboot Dance Group!
The group was formed with just five kids participating in weekly practices, however, since that time, the group has tripled! It now has 15 children, 10 boys and 5 girls, working hard to synchronize their steps into one smooth performance, lead by their faithful 'General' Dube.
Education is very important to us here at St. John's. We strive to help the children succeed in their academics and reach their potential! Every day after school there is homework clubs where children can receive help with their schoolwork.
To learn a skill or to delight in completing a craft is something we enjoy seeing the children partake in here at the outreach center. Mother Janet is a huge blessing as she teaches young girls how to sew and make memory bracelets amongst other items.
Kids have lots of energy and therefore we like to keep them physically active and having fun by playing netball and soccer. We are in great need to more sports equipment and grass for our dirt field. Please consider supporting us in these areas: Donate.
LIBRARY & TOY CLOSET
Children love toys, board games, and books! We have a small library of these items that the children are able to loan out for one day. The books are also used during homework help, story-time and to improve the youth's literacy.
We always appreciate donations of the above items; please contact us regarding any donations (we are happy to collect them).
Computer literacy is vital if our children are going to succeed in today's society - educationally and careerwise.
This is an area in which we need donors to come alongside us and support us by donating computers or funds to purchase the necessary equipment to help our children to have a brighter future.
FOOD & STAFF SUPPORT
Every month 100 families receive food parcels from our generous sponsor, Tiger Brands. Another 30 families receive food and hygiene items from the DSD. Click here to read about the huge impact these food and basic hygiene items make in the lives of the children and families we support!
WEEKLY HOT LUNCH PROVIDED
After attending school, the children come spend the rest of the afternoon at the outreach center, whereby after registering, they can fill their hungry bellies with some wholesome food.
Generally, a hot meal is always served, as for some of the children, this may be their only hot meal of the day. Vegetables and herbs (as available) from our veggie garden help to add extra sustenance and flavor to the meal.
We highly value our staff members! Without them, we would not be able to serve the most vulnerable children in our community. Therefore, we strive to provide them with the necessary training they need to excel in their work. These include: Self-Care, Computer Literacy, ECD, Leadership & Management, etc.