HLUMA AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME
The main purpose of the Hluma Programme is to equip young people to overcome the everyday issues faced by those growing up in impoverished communities. We establish in them a sense of hope and purpose, cultivating their self-confidence and nurturing their resilience in a safe and fun setting.
The programme gets children off the streets in the gap between the end of school and their parents’ return from work, which is when young people are most vulnerable to the high levels of gang violence, rape and other physical attacks in the area. We also stay open over the school holidays which gives time to focus on life skills, health and self-esteem.
HIuma school children learn life skills and receive 1-2-1 tutoring in reading, comprehension and maths to support their schoolwork.
We now have 68 children and teenagers each week, ranging from 9 to 15 years. Demand is high, so we plan to extend the programme to reach over 80 children soon
We also provide nutritious meals as many of the children are malnourished and we find that eating together plays a key role in fostering positive relationships in the group.
We have also set up a reading room where children have a choice of books, sharpening their reading skills and developing their imaginations.