Ingubo is a day care and development centre for children and youth who roam around the streets and the dump of Port Alfred. The children who have been used to spending their time on the dump see the dump as a source of food and income. Very often these children have experienced domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse that made it almost impossible for them to stay at home.
In addition, most of these children are school drop outs. Besides the circumstances at home, they avoid school as they do not have school uniforms or shoes.
The children often have a low self esteem and many of them have lost all hope for a better future.
Inguboprovides a safe and encouraging environment where the children are offered meals, daily activities, counselling, skills training, sports, and homework supervision. Assisting children in going back to school, applying for birth certificates and ID books, are some of the services offered by Ingubo. Team building and survival weekends are some of the activities the children become involved in to create a social support network. The overall aim is thus to reintegrate the children into society.
Students who wish to become involved in this project are able to help educate the children in the necessary life skills for their future, including homework assistance. Students are able to assist with fundraising events, developing a policy for Ingubo, contacting stakeholders and planning activities for the children. Home and school visits are also possible tasks for students involved in this project.