There aren’t enough jobs for young people in Honiara. With little money, many drift and become disillusioned. Some make friends with the wrong kind of people and get into situations they had never intended.
VSA Univol Emily Steel and our partner organisation Honiara City Council helped to create a safe place that they have called The Youth Hub.
The Youth Hub gives youth opportunities many have never had before. They learn how to apply for scholarships and participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. They have access to computers and a library. They play the guitar together, create art, and make friends while they play sport. With a kitchen, they cater for events.
Finding they are valued, youth have become more involved in their community. They have joined a programme to end violence in families and spread the word about the need to “Break the Silence. End the Violence”. Now they are standing up for people in their community, and lending a voice to those who are as vulnerable as they once were.
By purchasing a VSA Friendship Bracelet from The Body Shop, you are supporting VSA Volunteers like Emily Steel who are working on youth related assignments just like The Youth Hub in Honiara.
VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteer agency working in international development. We bring together New Zealanders and our Asia-Pacific neighbours to share their skills and experience, working to transform lives and create a fair future for all.
To find out more about the work VSA does, visit www.vsa.org.nz
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