Sakh’Ulutsha does just that. We build up young people. This is why we exist. We are passionate about young people and we are passionate about South Africa. The future of our country belongs to the young people, and we want to play a part in preparing them to be effective, hardworking and positive citizens, ready and eager to contribute to the development of our country.
We build up young people by engaging and challenging them through our various projects. Our work began in 1991 as a response to the HIV epidemic which was at crisis levels in that decade. We saw the need to equip young people to make life saving decisions, such as deciding to avoid situations where HIV-contributory pressures exist, avoiding the peer pressure that leads to a life of drug and alcohol dependence and possibly crime, etc. We are of the firm belief that imparting skills in young people to make the right choices for themselves can influence who they become in future.
Since then, we have evolved to offer not just HIV prevention interventions to young people, but also have included services that encompass the many areas of life that may affect a young person:
We believe in developing a whole young person, by offering them different ways in which to do so.
Our partners are schools mostly, in order to be able to reach as many young people as possible. Other partners include community structures such as churches, community-based organisations, local government etc. The work of developing young people is a group effort, because as we all know, it takes a village to raise a child. These partnerships are very valuable and ensure continuity in a young person’s life.