I am Lindokuhle Phewa - a Life Skills Trainer for WhizzKids United. I am working in Northern eThekwini since November 2010 and the best thing about my job is that I can have a positive impact on other people's life.
Seeing young people transforming daily from being someone without a clear vision of what they want to do in life to someone who have goals and determination of achieving them - that's really what motivates me as a Life Skills Trainer! During the December holidays I started teaching the WhizzKids programme to children and straight from the beginning I had the feeling that they were happy to get to know something about life skills and football basics.
At the beginning of 2011, I struggled in establishing a partnership with a school because the first term in a year is always very stressful for school principals and teachers. But when Hambanathi Higher Primary School accepted the WhizzKids programme at their school, I believe that this is the best thing that ever happened to the community of Hambanathi. Hambanathi is a township known for bad things such as crime, alcohol and drug abuse. By implementing the WhizzKids programme we will help the kids a lot because it will make them to see a more hopeful side of life which is often missing for them. Even though there are some challenges which will come across (e.g. the football ground is a bit further away from the school), we have a very good support from the teachers.
I just hope and pray that everything will go alright with the Life Skills Programme at Hambanathi Primary School and that the kids will learn something important for the rest of their lives.