The purpose of this project is to contribute meaningfully towards the education of refugee and other marginalised children, especially in cases where it is difficult for parents, guardians or carers to provide homework supervision as a result of limited resources, language difficulties, and necessary employment leading to lack of time and capacity to attend to children’s’ homework and other schooling needs.


Additional support for school going children is especially needed in the case of many refugees who are struggling with jobs which involve long hours and where carers are unable to speak English which is the language used in the schools attended by the youth in Durban. The information centre acts not only as a resource for school youth doing homework and social projects but as a resource for all Tumaini projects and an information source for refugee rights.
Specifically, this project is aimed at intervening in the following areas:

The creation of a homework and information center with access to internet, where volunteer tutors will help students with their homework;
afterhour care and basic homework support including reading, writing and numeracy for primary school goers;
support with key subjects required for accessing tertiary education including mathematics, physical science, life sciences and accounting for high school goers;
creating a safe space for sharing dialogue, developing problem solving and critical thinking skills.


Youth Groups
The Tumaini Community Project has as a central objective a focus on implementing programmes involving the youth of the beneficiary community. The importance of this has been highlighted as refugee youth particularly are considered a marginalised group and there are very few interventions or support groups aimed at the youth despite the various stressors that impact them including the effects of migration, xenophobia and a lack of opportunities. These hardships and stressors are often highlighted in regard to adults but have not been targeted in regard to their effect on the children of migrants and refugees.
The overall aim of the youth programme is to facilitate a sense of belonging, community and social support.  In the case of older youth there is also a focus on facilitating voice, encouraging social activism and collective responsibility through social action projects generated by and for the youth. 
Youth Development and Psychosocial Programmes
Interactional research
This programme has been evaluated by research linked to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) focussed on working with life stories and strength-based methods commencing in April 2016.  Aims include:
To provide a safe space to dialogue, discuss and reflect on issues of relevance to teenagers and facilitate emotional wellness;
To create self-awareness and facilitate personal growth and psychosocial wellbeing;
To impart life skills including: communication, team-work, self-expression, conflict-resolution; 
To create a sense of belonging, community and social support; and
To facilitate voice, social activism and critical consciousness with an emphasis on building awareness of constitutional rights and promoting access to socio-economic rights.
Younger group: 6 – 12 years  
To provide a safe space for children to gather and socialise together;
To create a sense of belonging and community;
To provide exercises and activities to promote fine and gross motor skills;
Communication, team-building skills, and fun and games.
Christican Youth Groups (DMC)


Teen Revolution
We say we young
We say we clean
We say we dream
For everything
We dance
We laugh
We sing
We rough
But we still fight for
We pray, we loud
We share, we crowned
But we still like in
We smoke
We drink
We fight
We sin
But still deny
In everything
This is the teen revolution


Why do we fight when
We can all just fly a kite
Why do we shudder when
We can all fight murder
Is it because of attention
When your crime can lead
You to the station
If we just stop killing
We can have a feeling for each
But because of xenophobia
It leading the world to disorder
Our world is being turned around
When we can just stay
In our ground
If we can stop this childish behavior
We can make our world
A better place for all of us



Say “NO” to Xenophobia
Say no to xenophobia
the worlds remedial disorder
We eat fish,
and little sodas
Earthquakes are firm but
But this phobia is really
It’s growing in little folders
Distructions the new
remorse now
We filter
we read in phones
that our hearts are
turning into stones
Jesus came and died
on his own
Why don’t we have a little
Say “NO” to xenophobia

A woman’s unique sympathy
A woman is a treasure of all
mankind, her constant emotions
are felt from the earth’s crust
You may fill her, with anger today
but tomorrow she’s okay!
Her constant beauty is not
to delay, her beauty’s from the
heart and not from her face
She repeats her reprimands
in a funny cuteish way
They say….what a flower without
colour, despite all her shower
Same with a woman in every
little gesture and behaviour
I say her sympathy is
unique in every little way
A woman is a woman
even without a share
Nuture her with care in a
slightly simple way
and you will see, everything
will be okay


For further information on research outcomes, contact Lynn






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