Local knitting clubs keeping kids off the streets and builds belonging

Two knitting clubs in Cape Town are working to empower vulnerable youth in their respective communities, one stitch at a time.

Connie Abrahams runs the Young Knitters Club in Lavender Hill and Judi Kurgan facilitates a knitting club at Silikamva High School in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay - both are free.

Abrahams, a retired domestic worker, recently decided to pass on the uplifting skill to young children in her community, who often face gang activity and other challenges.

Knitting is something soft, that can touch the heart and break the hardness of the environment.

Connie Abrahams, Organizer at Young Knitters Club Lavender Hill

She says that she started with a group of 10 children in June last year and has quickly grown to a class of over 80, which she teaches every Saturday afternoon.

A little ball of wool can bring so much more to the community.

Connie Abrahams, Organizer at Young Knitters Club Lavender Hill

Young Knitters Club is like a haven for them. They come to escape and find peace.

Connie Abrahams, Organizer at Young Knitters Club Lavender Hill

At the same time, Kurgan explains that a pupil at Silikamva High School inspired her to start the knitting club for her peers to partake in during school breaks.

She says that both boys and girls have shown a keen interest in the club which is currently struggling with a short supply of donated resources.

It's an achievement for them to be productive, to take something and make something else out of and have a goal.

Judi Kurgan, Learning Support Specialist at Silikamva High School

We've got a steady group of children wanting to be engaged. That's really a safe space for them.

Judi Kurgan, Learning Support Specialist at Silikamva High School

To assist with donations, below are their e-mail addresses:

  • Young Knitters Club: hello@learninginreach.org.za
  • Silikamva High School: literacyandlearning.@gmail.com

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