The Youth Ministry Center mentoring children in Eldorado Park

Shirley Morris and her husband Christopher Morris founded a non-profit organization (NPO) called Youth Minister Center in Eldorado Park. The couple started the organization in 2018, where they went to soup kitchens and helped where they could, they also donated clothes to children in need.

“In 2019 we decided that we wanted to build relationships with children, to learn about their backgrounds and try to mentor them as they grow. Our organization is based on our Christian principles, so we teach children that without God there is nothing,” Morris explained.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organization closed in March last year, but they are now delighted to announce that they have reopened the NPO.

The center currently supervises 50 children aged 3 to 16 years.

“We would like to help them overcome all the challenges of life. We have them every Sunday where we pray together and share what our week was like. We have an R20 drive where people donate monthly R20, we then use that money to buy toiletries for them.

“There are so many children in our community who are dealing with things we never imagined. Some hide behind their smiles so we think they are happy but they are not. Last week I asked the kids who had smoked or drunk alcohol and was shocked to see the hands go up. Our kids are really exposed to a lot of things in our community and we need to nurture them and show them a different path,” Morris said.

The NPO also helps children with their homework and would like to teach children skills such as sewing, gardening, baking, etc. In the future, he would like to be able to help the children with internships or scholarships for the end of their studies.

“I just want to make a difference in a child’s life,” Morris concluded.

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