FORM LEFT TO RIGHT: UNIZULU students (front row) Lindani Mnyaka, Yolisa Mgobhozi, with Elaine Charlton,(Center manager), Nozipho Ndlazi (the lecturer) and fellow students Nokuthula Thabethe and Khayalethu Ngwenyama. Pictured with them are some of the children accommodated at the Musawenkosi Child, Youth Care Centre and Orphanage
UNIZULU Masters Students in Counselling and Psychology together with their lecturer went beyond the call of duty recently, taking their expertise to a local orphanage.
The outreach project sponsored by Five Ways Mall’s Nando’s outlet entailed the students interacting, teaching, and giving awareness talks to teenagers housed at the Musawenkosi Child, Youth Care Centre and Orphanage at the KwaMthethwa area outside eMpangeni.
Musawenkosi accommodates not only orphaned children but also those who are experiencing problems in their families. Some of the children at the centre are toddlers.
The UNIZULU students said while the children at the center are either orphaned or have experienced some difficulties that have resulted in them being at the centre but they still deserve to be part of the broader community.
The visit was also aimed at engaging with the children on a platform that does not emphasize what they have been through rather what can become of them in the near future.
Also part of the visiting contingent was Nozipho Ndlazi, the lecturer and coordinator of the Counselling and Psychology module.
“We wanted to make them feel accommodated in all aspects of life skills and career guidance so that they are ready to make knowledgeable choices about their lives and their future regardless of where they come from and what they have experienced in their childhood,” Ndlazi said.
The general manager of the center, Elaine Charlton said she was very happy with the University’s visit adding that this was proof that the center is not abandoned but recognized.
“I am honored as UNIZULU proved us we are very important and special. The platform was opened for us to interact and share ideas with students and we obtained a lot from them and I am also thankful for Nando’s sponsorship,” she said.