Aga Sechaba community projects launched a Gender-Based Violence (GBV) program in Ga-Rankuwa Zone 2 to commemorate Youth Day on 16 June 2022.

The launch featured various daytime programs, including GBV, Sustainable Livelihood, and Drugs and Substance Abuse.

Ms Mapula Lefifi, a member of Aga Sechaba said this was their first event since the Covid-19 lockdowns and that the event was to connect with stakeholders and beneficiaries including introducing new programs.

“The GBV program is a new program that provides victims with awareness, intervention, and aftercare assistance. It is also closely related to the drugs and substance abuse programs.

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“We also presented our annual report for the fiscal year 2021/22 and held our skills trainees graduation ceremony for the life skills and computer training with Cisco.

“Our program is not only for youth, it also included adults and elders in the food parcel registry for poverty alleviation. Beneficiaries could update their information at a station and we also provided a platform for our stakeholders to network with the beneficiaries and speak about the opportunities that their businesses provided,” she said.

Mr Lehlohonolo Spiyoyo Letsoalo of the Community food nutrition program said as part of the Aga Sechaba food parcels program his organization will be serving cooked meals to beneficiaries on a daily basis.

“So far, we have fed over 300 people of the community at this event which was an overall thanksgiving celebration for all of the people that helped Aga Sechaba Community Projects open its doors to serve the community.

“We are pleased with Aga Sechaba’s efforts, and we are grateful to see our youth participating in such major events, especially because today is all about them. I hope they never grow tired of appreciating this day and I like the unity and intelligence displayed by these young people who are demonstrating signs of being good future leaders in this community,” he said.

Karabo Bokaba of Cisco representatives said Cisco offers a variety of programs for women in IT and we encourage our females to register for our Cisco IT programs at our center.

“It is our free present to them because today is their national holiday and we are pleased that these young people are still loyal to their roots, as seen by the fact that they came out in large numbers today to support the event,” he said.