Maake Matlou, a 21 years old former DAKTARI student we had in 2016, for our environmental educational program. In 2020 as Covid-19 hit the world, we were busy with a project of distributing food parcels to the people who need it the most in our local communities. As posts were posted on our social media platforms. Maake saw one of our posts on Facebook and decided to contact us as he was in need of the food parcels. We then made a plan to meet with him to give him the food he asked for. In the process of assisting him with food we discovered that his family background is not good, as he stays with his sister and her 3 children, and  they couldn’t afford basic needs since they have no means of income as a family.

DAKTARI decided to welcome Maake so we could see how we would assist him as he seemed like a motivated young man who needed guidance. Staying close to him helped us to discover that he doesn’t have an ID book and with the help of Social development, we managed to assist him to apply for an ID book in December 2020. Because of him having and an ID he also managed to open a bank account. Maake is currently at DAKTARI volunteering and we have been helping him with stipends so that he can be able to buy food and cosmetics.

We are now happy as he managed to collect his ID book in February 2021. He is now a happy and proud South African youth as he will also be able to take part in voting because he has an ID book.

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