Alternatives to street Life

Umthombo Plan of Action


uMthombo High intensity engagement programmes: The rationale of these programmes is to provide recreation as an alternative to substance misuse but also as a tool to teach life skills, self-esteem and motivation. Working with relevant partners: Improve efficiency of outreach across Durban and avoid duplication of resources as well as a means of referral. Outreach camps: Outreach Camps prepare children and youth for reintegration through a combination of recreational programmes with psycho-social interventions. On foot outreach: Strategic mapping out of locations and areas in in which the children stay to take our services to them with the aim of building rapport and ascertaining whether we can meet their needs.

Reintegration & Aftercare:

Family Mediation: Working with the families to improve conditions for the child at home and imparting parenting skills. Back to school: Helping the family to register the child in school or youth for ABET school or training, providing material assistance when required such as uniform, stationary etc. Making an application for a child to be exempt from school fees if necessary.

Material Assistance

Up to 3 months food parcels can be provided to low income families to aid the reintegration process. Statutory work: Making referrals to local Department of Social Development or Home Affairs to ensure sustainable on-going support for families Referrals: Referral to shelters, rehabs, charities, and support groups again to ensure sustainable on-going support.

Aftercare Camps:

Taking reintegrated children away for a weekend with an aim to increase resilience for coping with challenges at home. This allows for a recreational break for children and some rest for families. Employability and independent living: Providing life skills programme to youth to equip them with soft skills that will assist in finding and keeping employment. Working with local businesses to improve employability, skill building and entrepreneurship.

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