Amaoti is the biggest informal settlement in KwaZulu Natal where 70% of Durban’s street children come from. It is a place of high unemployment and is ravaged by HIV/AIDS, poverty and crime. The project helps youngsters aged 3-20, thereby encompassing everyone from pre-primary through to young adults. The project includes a Back-to-School programme that aims to tackle the very high drop-out rate in the area and to promote better life choices and education about HIV/AIDS.
The project provides opportunities for the youngsters to play football and netball in holiday clubs. It also trains youth workers, who offer home visits and go to local schools on a daily basis to support and counsel the children to help educate them about the projects main social concerns. The Lungisani project believes that sport can be instrumental in getting these life changing messages across.
The project has established its own soccer league with matches played on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The league has 60 registered teams that are run by members of the community, taking over 1000 children off the streets every weekend.