19 May 2023
As the famous saying goes, “When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time.” As we enter Winter over here in South Africa and take a look back over the past five months, many positive changes are noticeable within Hlanganani’s children, these changes are done slowly “one bite at a time”.
One of our older teenage boys has been taken under the care of his cousin and granny which has yielded positive results (he was previously with another aunt, who is an alcoholic and didn’t like him going to school). The young man’s behavior has changed for the better and his gradually improving school performance cannot be ignored either, many of his school marks have more than doubled compared to last year! His Hospitality grade last year started at 11%…for Term 2 this year he received 55%! He is no longer grumpy and getting into trouble like he did previously.
Although he still likes to party with his friends, his cousin is helping him to balance school and friends in a wise manner. Ryan is meeting with and mentoring his cousin too (as he is young himself), to provide him with insight and wisdom. At 19 years old, the young man’s dream is to complete his final year of school this year and become a Chef. Please pray that “V” makes wise decisions for himself, so that he can have a bright future.