Youth Day is a holiday dedicated to the youth of South Africa. It honours the deaths of many Soweto school children and commemorates the protest which resulted in a wave of protests across the country known as the Soweto Uprising in 1976 during Apartheid.
This year I had the honour and privilege of spending the morning with a beautiful group of girls from Strathyre Girls Home in Kengsington which is a home founded by the Salvation Army. We started off the morning with a talk where I spoke about what I think are the most important life lessons for a young women to always remember. In addition, I explained everything for which NAHYSOSA stands and how I play a role as an ambassador. I also taught the girls a bit about our South African history and where Youth Day came from as well as what it represents.
After our talk, we had a session where the girls had the opportunity to overcome their fears. Some of the girls gained their confidence to sing in front of all of us, while others simply became more comfortable in our group session and joined us while we danced and sang. They were then able to enjoy some snacks and drinks which we brought for them.
It truly was a wonderful day and I am blessed to have become part of this home’s support for these girls. The day I spent at this home was a reminder to me that we are all capable of great things if we support one another and what better way to be reminded than on Youth Day!