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The Salesian Waves of Change program educates more than 200 young people in the fishing industry each year

SOUTH AFRICA

(MissionNewswire) The Waves of Change program of the Salesian Institute Youth Projects, located in Cape Town, South Africa, provides education to at least 200 young people every year. Sea fishing is a big industry in South Africa, especially along the Western Cape coast. The port of Cape Town is close to the Salesian Institute, offering the possibility of training young people interested in fishing as well as a stable workforce for the industry.

Requiring minimum levels of education, jobs in the fishing industry can provide significant income and a stable career path. The program currently trains young adults between the ages of 18 and 35.

The 200 participants complete a 10-day life skills program. They then take safety and familiarization courses, obtain their medical certificates and fulfill other requirements to become sailors. Once all training and documentation requirements have been met, young people can be legally employed by a reputable fishing company.

Salesian missionaries overseeing the project have been able to partner with training providers such as STC Table Bay, the Academy of Maritime Medicine and Pulse College, all of which offer free training and support to Salesian students. Additionally, the missionaries continued to nurture long-standing partnerships with Sea Harvest, Premier Fishing, the Oceana Group, and others who hire project graduates.

Since 1910, the Youth Projects of the Salesian Institute have been helping homeless, unemployed and poor young people. Salesian missionaries provide housing, education and workforce development services with the goal of meeting the basic needs of the young people they serve while helping them break the cycle of poverty.

The Salesian Institute Youth Projects offers five main programs that help young people in the region. Programs include an outreach program, a home for homeless youth, a life skills program, and two workforce development programs. The programs are run by a diverse group of individuals, and some live on-site to support youth in the home and outreach programs.

“Salesian Institute youth projects offer poor and at-risk young people the opportunity to gain an education in areas they might not otherwise have access to,” said Fr Gus Baek, Director of Salesian missions, the American development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Courses provide high-quality employees to hiring industries while providing students with meaningful employment.”

Poverty is widespread in South Africa with more than half the population and more than 63% of children living below the poverty line, according to UNICEF. A significant percentage of the population struggles to survive on less than a dollar a day. The country is plagued by high crime rates and violence against women and girls and has been the hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS crisis in the world. There is an urgent need for education to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus and help lift young people out of poverty.

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