Ballet is the last thing you'd think of when discussing the issue of gang violence and poverty, but it's part of one organisation's plans to help the kids of Lavender Hill, Cape Town. The kids face violence often, but ballet is their escape.
For the children of Lavender Hill, Cape Town, violence is an everyday occurrence and there's little hope that they won't end up involved in criminal activities.
But one person has faith and hope for the children - Ralph Bouwers. He grew up in Lavender Hill and knows the difficulties they face.
Ralph is dedicated to the children's upliftment, according to Beautiful News.
He's using ballet as a way to help the children and keep them off the dangerous streets.
Bouwers started The Guardians of the National Treasure, an NPO, in 2003 to provide food and clothing to the poor.
The organisation also provides sports activities to keep the local children busy and give them hope for a better future.
“If we want our youth to be the leaders for tomorrow, we need to invest in our youth now."
Bouwers is proud of what the kids learn and achieve with him and his programme.
“When I watch these kids perform, I see them glow. I can see they are children again."
The main focus is on letting the children have fun and remind them that they don't have to go into a life of crime. They have other's options.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Bouwers wants to work with ward councillors to organise recreational and sports activities in Blode Street - known to locals as 'The Battleground'.
Bouwers and his programme is what South Africa's youth need - people who believe in them and do what they can to give them a better future.
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