Ncedo-Thuso Ea Bana is a community-based social support organisation that was founded in 2006 due to the HIV/Aids epidemic, as during this period many children lost their parents to the virus. The Safe Park is only one aspect of this organisation, which supports around 300 youths in various capacities. Youths are directed towards the Safe Park scheme if they display signs of a troubled home life, so that they can be offered support that is specifically tailored to their needs. The Safe Park then supports these youths by investigating their situation at home, offering them counselling, extra food parcels and access to medication. They also support the youths through the social and justice systems to ensure that every child is living in the safest possible environment.
The youth committee candidates from Ncedo Thuso wanted to explore the universal issue of bullying. Bullying is undoubtedly an issue that links the experiences of youths all over the world. However these youths wanted to acknowledge the other side of the story. They understand that although bullying cannot be justified, there are always two sides to the story. Therefore they chose to explore the home factors that can cause a youth to become a bully.
Reverend Koloti, the project manager at Ncedo-Thuso Ea Bana, speaks to us about the work that his organisation does and how the Safe Park fits in to that.
Neo, a Youth Leader at Ncedo-Thuso, introduces the film that they made at the final event.