Those born after 1995 are called ‘Generation Z’ and are often accused of being self-obsessed, entitled and totally wedded to their i-phones. A group of Durban high school students demonstrated how far from reality that generalisation is when they enthusiastically joined The Domino Foundation’s Community Service Week during the July school holidays. A dozen teenagers from schools around the city embraced sandwich-making for the Foundation’s Feeding programme, engaged with the toddlers at the Foundation’s Babies Homes and made story books for the crèches with which the Early Childhood development programme works. They had their horizons stretched with presentations on anti-human-trafficking by the Red Light programme and on the journey of making good life decisions by a township community member. Members of the group wrote, directed, acted in and edited short video presentations of their five days of activity…great marketing material to encourage their fellow pupils that The Domino Foundation is an excellent place to do their community service and be part of “Nation Transformation”. Janelle van Rensburg (Durban Girls’ College, Nasser Cassim (Northwood Boys High) and Dhyana Garach (Crawford La Lucia) arrive at the Babies’ Homes laden with taste treats for the toddlers.
The Domino Foundation offers opportunities for scholars to work for a five-day week during school holidays to fulfil their Community Service hours. During these times, the students get involved in various activities to benefit the running of The Domino Foundation‘s programmes. Supervised activities may include: community paint days; storeroom clean outs; office admin tasks; prepping of meals and parcels for hungry families and interacting with the babies at The Domino Foundation Abandoned Babies Home. Commserve weeks for 20127 are now behind us and the planning for 2018 is in the pipeline. Dates for next year will be posted in due course and enquiries are welcomed.