loveLife has a project called the Boy child project aimed at empowering young boys to be better human beings, that will be able to deal with life challenges better. The way boys are being socialized currently has a negative outcome. loveLife is concerned that the system currently does not raise boys to be human beings and general members of the society.
That young Boys and men are told that they are powerful than their female counterparts, that the insistence of society that boys and men should not cry, that they should be key providers is problematic. The society teaches Boy children that it’s not their duty to partake in household chores, these negative norms make South Africa an unequal society.
Whilst we want to help produce a better boy child. loveLife realises that by society not allowing its boy children to express their weakness and their emotional side we are harming them and producing monsters. We are currently producing men and boys that are turning into monsters and harming women and children. That needs to change , it is urgent and must be the top of everyone’s Agenda. loveLife will work with communities utilizing the already existing structures like Sports Federations to recruit boys that already belongs to organized structures like soccer clubs.
We will then train these boys to influence other young men and boys in their communities. We hope that we will create a group of Boys that are a voice of reason, boy that rejects violence who agree that South Africa is a country that belongs to everyone who leaves in it than men are not powerful that girls they are equal our programmes will also target parents and other stakeholders in the community. We are hoping to produce boys who will contribute to an HIV free future because they will be powered by responsibility, to use condoms, who know that they can’t force girls to have sex with them. Who are responsible enough to know that unplanned pregnancies have the ability to interrupt their future plans and that of their female counter parts.
Our access to young people primarily occurs through the schools’ network and our relationship with these schools and their support is critical in the success and the reach of many of our programmes.
gBs are responsible for registering the schools where they implement the loveLife programmes every year. By the end of 2015, loveLife had registered a total of 2,356 active schools in all provinces. The largest numbers of registered schools were secondary schools at 32%, followed by equal 25% registrations for Primary and Combined Schools.
The loveLife Games progamme is an energetic and vibrant engagement with young people that has been realised through the close cooperation and partnership with the Department of Sports and Recreation South Africa. This positive partnership has ensured that capacity building, youth development and positive lifestyle programmes are promoted and implemented at sports and recreation activities across South Africa.
Using sports, recreation, arts and culture as a platform to impart positive lifestyle messaging to its target audience has ensured the sustainability of the loveLife strategy and, as an organisation, we are appreciative of the valuable contribution and support of the Department of Sport and Recreation.
LoveLife recognises the significant role that parents play in influencing the lives of youth.
There is evidence that open communication about sex and sexuality between parent and child significantly reduces risk behaviour.
loveLife continues to build on the need to facilitate communication between parents and children and to provide a platform for parents’ involvement in the organisation’s campaign to build stronger families. loveLife implements three programmes for supporting the rebuilding of families: