Cape City – Lavender Hill neighborhood chief Ralph Bouwers is protecting youngsters protected by enjoying chess, gardening and biking.
Final week, the youngsters aged between 7 and 15 held a chess match for the primary time after starting the programme two months in the past.
Bouwers mentioned he conducts the actions to encourage youngsters and to maintain them protected in the neighborhood.
He beforehand lived in the UK the place he labored as optician and hypnotherapist.
“We launched the chess programme to create an area the place youngsters can sit and have calmness and it additionally teaches them how one can be strategic and to plan,” mentioned Bouwers. He mentioned they lacked a facility and had been actually enjoying chess on pavements.
“That is to attract the youngsters off the streets as we now have gang violence and whereas their mother and father are working,” he added.
“We shouldn’t have a venue, so chess is performed on the pavement with tables. We had our first match final week and we now have winners who obtained a prize and medal. The winner within the junior class was Jordan Engelbrecht aged 11 and we additionally had winners within the under-16 division.”
“Our chess grasp has since not been in a position to enter the neighborhood because of the shootings.
Bouwers mentioned in addition they run programmes resembling a biking membership, gardening and humanities and crafts.”
Marlene Satarien, who runs the soup kitchen, Plentiful Life, additionally assists Bouwers along with his programmes.
“Because of the gang violence and oldsters who’re working, these actions are created to maintain them occupied and protected,” she mentioned, including: “That is additionally for the interval when they’re off from college throughout this Covid-19 interval.”