Young Refugees and Asylum Seekers (RAS) in South Africa face enormous challenges. Not only do they have to deal with unprocessed trauma, xenophobia, crime and inefficient, corrupt documentation processing, but they have the additional burden of trying to navigate their identity and sense of belonging at a critical stage of their development.
Young foreigners are often taunted, beaten and bullied leaving many traumatised and even suicidal. Our programme seeks to empower them and build their self-esteem so they can reach out and help others. We do this through a holistic programme that includes: youth support groups, leadership and peer educator training, holiday workshops (including sports and the arts), tutoring and our Building Bridges camps. We realise that many South African Youth are also vulnerable and in pain and so some of our support groups and all our camps include both South Africans and RAS in the hopes that they will heal together and build bridges in their communities based on the experiences they have shared.