NPO seeks volunteers for youth programme

Some of the children who attend after-school programme in Scottsdene.

A charity is looking for volunteers to help run an after-school programme in Scottsdene.

Mould, Empower, Serve (MES) is a Christian non-profit based in Bellville. Its work includes, feeding and sheltering the homeless and alleviating unemployment.

Anelle Erasmus, a member of MES, said the programme, held at Scottsdene Rental Estate, in Serenade Street, had started last month, and about 20 children from various primary schools had been taking part, on Monday and Wednesday from 2pm until 5pm.

But MES needs help running the programme, which is expected to grow as word gets out about it. Anyone from the age of 16 can volunteer. 

“They must have a passion to work with primary school children, educate and empower them to become resilient in all aspects of life,” Ms Erasmus said. Volunteers should be able to communicate and listen to the children and control a group of 10. The programme also helps children with their homework and subjects they struggle with.

“Firstly, we will do an interview with the volunteer to ensure he or she is the right fit for the opportunity”, she said.

Most importantly, she said, a volunteer must love children.

“We are very excited about this programme and anticipate to see great leaders rise out of this programme.”

Volunteers can contact Edmund Martis at email edmund@mes.org.za or 021 945 8028. He is only available on Fridays.

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