NPO Needs Help Fulfill Their Dream Of Building An Ocean View Youth Resource Center

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Pippa Hudson interviews Renee Smith, director of the non-profit organization Children Aloud.

– NPO Children Aloud has been helping to provide a better life for the young people of Ocean View since 2012

– His dream for 2022 is to build a community youth resource center and he needs funding

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The non-profit organization Children Aloud has been helping to provide better lives for the young people of Ocean View since 2012.

The community was established in 1968 as a home for people of color forcibly evicted from the “white areas” of False Bay.

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The OBNL aims to enable young people to make changes in their lives “by daily positive reinforcement and building resilience and reducing risky behavior”.

Pippa Hudson chats with Children Aloud director Renee Smith, who herself grew up in Ocean View.

In 1968, people of color were forcibly relocated from Simon’s Town, Noordhoek and Glencairn to this small community called Ocean View.

Renee Smith, Director – Children Aloud

Growing up, there were very few opportunities for us, and even today for young people. Trauma is a reality in this area.

Renee Smith, Director – Children Aloud

Smith remembers how she realized as a teenager that there was nothing for young people to do in Ocean View but sit on street corners.

At the age of 16, she started a youth group, with the help of the Catholic Church.

Although the director of Children Aloud has now moved, she is still dedicated to helping young people in the community.

We decided to go and give back to this community to create opportunities for them and educate them because the more they know, the better choices they can make.

Renee Smith, Director – Children Aloud

Now celebrating its tenth year, Children Aloud wants to fulfill the dream of building a community youth resource center in 2022.

The NPO already owns the land, it now needs funding to start construction.

The plans are being worked out … Our goal was by the end of 2021 to have 900,000 rand and we have a huge shortfall. We only have 250,000 rand at the moment …

Renee Smith, Director – Children Aloud

Plans for the center include the provision of computer workstations and karate lessons for young people, a reading corner for toddlers and also services for the elderly.

Learn more about Children Aloud’s plans and how you can help them with their website.

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