Where Will the Boys Go?

graduates-day-out-8th-march-20094Five boys left residential care two weeks ago and are now in need of long term accommodation. They are currently staying with extended family but this is only a short term solution. We are assessing whether the best option is to provide them with shacks (small, one roomed houses made from corrugated zinc, with no running water or electricity) in the townships, or if we should rent them a house to share away from the township. While the option of a shack might seem shocking to those of us who are lucky enough to live in brick houses, millions of families live in them in South Africa. There are outside toilets and outside taps serving the communities and the youth are very happy with this option. Their concern is not the lack of facilities but the peer pressure that might lead them to crime and drugs.

graduates-day-out-8th-march-200918We have to weigh up the options before deciding what the best way forward is. If the youth move into the suburbs in a shared house, with no support, having lived in a children’s home where their food was cooked and their laundry was done for them for a number of years, they will be away from the peer pressure but how will they care for themselves?

There is also the cost implication; a ready made shack can be purchased in Cape Town for between 250GBP – 300GBP. Some of the youth have expressed their desire to have a home they can call their own, and living in a rented house does not provide them with the permanence they need. If they are lucky enough to find somebody to contribute towards their accommodation, if they rent, they once again only have a short term solution. Much to consider…

Posted in Cape Town, The Youth
One comment on “Where Will the Boys Go?
  1. It would be wonderful if these boys had some sort of support system or program where they can live in the urban areas in their own homes but have somewhere to go to weekly or whatever to help them keep on track with whatever they need. Something along the lines of a community centre sort of place. I wonder if setting up some sort of penpal thing might not also be beneficial? Knowing someone out there somewhere supports them and what not. OK, just rambling now. My heart just really goes out to these kids.

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