*Thandazile Gumede, a 7 year old girl at Thy Kingdom Care Centre, was abandoned by her mother after birth and raised by her grandmother. Thandazile’s grandmother struggled to enrol her at school as she did not have a birth certificate.

With Starfish’s help, Thy Kingdom was able to provide Tandazile with a decent daily meal. Furthermore, the organisation managed to intervene and get her enrolled at a local school. She is currently doing Grade 1. She is pictured above writing her name.

Vuyi’s Story

*Vuyi Molete a 15-year-old lives in an area which has a high rate of substance abuse. As there was no one mentoring him, Vuyi too began smoking and consuming these substances.

Vuyi had not been attending school and his guardians approached Thy Kingdom for help. The Child and Youth Care Worker met with Vuyi to try and understand his situation. He shared the challenges he faces as a victim of peer pressure and said it was easy to do so as he was not being mentored by his guardians.

Thy Kingdom has since provided intensive mentorship for Vuyi and are happy to report that Vuyi has been attending school and has stopped smoking after taking part in the substance abuse workshop conducted at the organisation.

Thy Kingdom is also implementing the Family Matters Program which helps to bridge the communication gap between guardians and their children.

*Names have been changed