Skills development programme brings hope for homeless people in Durban
Many people gathered at the temporary homeless shelter on Wednesday to celebrate the graduation of homeless people who were involved in a skills development programme during the lockdown.
In March, the eThekwini Municipality was faced with the task to find shelter for homeless people. During this time they were able to enroll many people in a skills development programme which taught them basic computers skills.
The aim of this programme was to create hope for the group and motivate them to better their situation.
“I came all the way from the Free State to look for a job to provide for my family but landed on the streets. I had lost all hope because I was not educated and I couldn’t find work, but after getting this certificate I now have hope that my life will get better,” said Lenkoane
Ntokozo Ngcobo, Secretary for Sakhisizwe Community Project, an NGO that was part of the programme said that he is very happy with the outcome of the programme and the support they received from the municipality and the Social Development Department.
Ngcobo further stated that the computer skills programme gave the people hope for a better future and many of them promised to keep in contact with the organisation for more assistance. “We are going to do our best to assist those who excelled and showed interest with getting jobs and bettering their lives, we hope that the municipality will also assist them beyond this programme,” said Ngcobo