“People want to improve their communities but they haven’t found the door, the hand, the heart….so let us do something.” Dreadlocked Jean America, a radiant kid with a toothy grin spoke some eloquent words that night. He’d just completed his nine day foundation training ( YLTP – Youth Leadership Training Programme) with IAHV’s Yes! Youth Programme. Jean grew up in Ocean View, a hard neighbourhood situated on the fynbos slopes of the South Peninsula, where violence and drug abuse are a part of life.
In August 2005, IAHV SA, and partner organization, The Art of Living established a partnership with Forte High School in Dobsonville, Soweto, Johannesburg. The partnership began with a medical camp and progressed rapidly.