The Boy Child Initiative
Global data show that while violence overall is declining in adolescence and early adulthood, it is still a frighteningly ordinary part of life for many men and boys. According to a study that pooled global mortality data for females and males aged 10-24, deaths from violence predominantly affect young adult males, with the highest rates of violent death found in Latin America (9) globally, males account for 82 percent of all homicide victims, and young men aged 15-29 are victims of homicide at a rate that is six times greater than the rate of homicide deaths for young women in the same age group (9) Only 35 countries collect data on youth violence, and these surveys have typically been on bullying, physical fighting, and school violence, (10) overlooking other issues such as armed and gang violence.
“It is better to build strong children than to repair broken men”- Frederick Douglas
What is clear, however, is that globally men and boys are more likely to experience violence in adolescence and early adulthood than at any other time. This culture of violence also affects youth’s attitudes that justify and normalize it. This “normalization” of violence is established early on for many boys and young men in some parts of the world. Boys and young men are not only the victims of same sex violence but they are also the perpetrators of it as well as violence against children and gender-based violence especially intimate partner violence. In addition, there are 4.6 males committing suicide for every woman.
loveLife’s answer is a program that is focused on boys and men who do not define manhood according to physical strength and the ability to win a physical fight but rather ascribe to the universal moral code that embraces integrity, honesty, respect, discipline, kindness, ethics, tolerance, equality and faith. The program is intended to focus not only on boys and young men but also on the entire ecological environment in which he is raised and lives. The program will include community dialogues, roundtable discussions and advocacy on the importance of ensuring that no boy is left behind. LoveLife is committed to being part of raising a nation of good men – one boy at a time!
To view the docu-movie ‘What about The Boys?‘
Please go to a Y-Center near you – see the map below:
loveLife Y-Centres (24)
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My name is Xolane Mkhaliphi a loveLife groundBREAKER – I wrote this letter to share my story and how my life changed after being employed at loveLife. The year was 2019, I was doing my grade 11 and I got my girlfriend pregnant, at a every young age, due to not having enough information about contraceptives and family planning.
In 2020 my baby was born, I was still at school doing my matric – my life was hard at that time. I was not able to provide for my child and help my girlfriend – as my family was not interested in helping me financially.
To make matters worse, I was even struggling on getting an ID number in order to further my studies or job hunt.
My grandmother, a 73 year old lady who raised me, had no idea about the process of applying for an ID, as she had lost all my mother’s documents including my mother’s death certificate. Home Affairs said they needed her death certificate in order to continue with the process of issuing me an ID. My grandmother had lost everything – she couldn’t even remember when my mother was born – so I had to search for such information alone.
Through God’s grace I found the the undertaker that helped bury my mother on her funeral. They were able to provide me with my mother’s ID number, enabling me to apply for my ID. The process was successful – it took me two weeks, then I got my ID in 2022. As soon as I was done with my matric, I saw a loveLife post near my local clinic – I immediately applied and got hired by loveLife – that was when my life changed!
I am now able to help my girlfriend and provide for my baby and I am making a huge difference in my community – I share my testimony with many of the youth because I don’t want any of them to repeat the same mistakes I made – I am teaching many of them about protected sex and other options like family planning.
loveLife New Trust had a great and positive impact over my life – it became a stepping stone by channeling me to become a fruitful member of society and grow into a patriotic citizen of South Africa.
loveLife gave me a platform to volunteer and acquire several skills such as Leadership skills, Communication skills and Facilitation skills. Today I am a project manager of Emakhazeni Community Health Project funded and powered by Exxaro.
I discovered my self-trough love life programs that I was facilitating such as Living my life, love for Life and Life skills which channeled me to fall in love with working with people and focus on the health path. From loveLife I have also acquired that health is all in all for all – therefore, a healthy and positive lifestyle is very imperative.
Ncedo Rodney Mohlala
2014 – Love Life New Trust Mpintshi
2015 Love Life New Trust Ground Breaker
My name is Gomolemo Kodisang – a health groundBREAKER based at Hillbrow CHC.
Being a groundBREAKER has been one of the best experiences of my life given that I had lost all hope in finding an opportunity that would help me grow and get my foot in the door.
Being a part of the loveLife family has helped me find my passion and interest in public health, more so around championing the sexual reproductive rights of young people, I have enjoyed attending workshops and events where I continuously leave that space, challenged to do and be better.
I am currently an international politics honours student and through the work I do at loveLife I can confidently say that my interest in academics has now peaked to public health. I help young people find their voice on a daily basis and through doing that I am also finding my voice!
Let me take this opportunity to thank all Mpintshi’s and groundBREAKERS in all the Y-centers – especially Y-Center at Witbank (Ezinambeni), you guys are awesome!
It is more than a privilege for me to write this as an ex-groundBREAKER, I feel special and honored. I’ve been a groundBREAKER for the year 2011 and 2012, under the leadership of the honorable Sesi Yvonne.
I am writing this from the bottom of my heart and feel honored to mention that today I am a qualified teacher with B.Ed. Baccalareus intermediate/senior phase qualification, all because of the teachings and experience I got from loveLife.
I love loveLife because it made me realize that I can make a good teacher, I started small as a Mpintshi and moved on to groundBREAKER – and finally an educator.
The likes of bro Teddy Ditsepu, bro Elkin, the honorable Mr Mdluli, Ses’Yvonne and others have played a crucial role in our lives – especially my life as an individual. All the programs of loveLife such as body-Y’s, Cyber-Y’s, Radio-Y’s and others also played a big role in shaping my life. I am a great teacher today all because I started at loveLife.
Lastly, to the loveLife ambassadors, I would like to let you know that everything I’ve learned from loveLife isn’t a waste – I will transfer the information from generations to generations.
Likwenka S.E (ex-groundBREAKER)
“Goodmorning Mr Mthembu, I believe you’re well Sir, I would like to take this moment to appreciate you for always believing in me – while it could be impossible for other people to do that. I’ve grown to be a bigger person under your leadership and mentorship at loveLife and National Youth Camp, If you remember 2019 Camp at Umlalazi.
I asked you for your permission to attend South African Police Service (SAPS) Psychometric Test – I passed and as a result I was admitted to the Police Force. I’m Eastern Cape right now doing my semi-military training, I’ll be returning as a Police official in December 2022. In that regard I want to say “Ngiyabonga Jama ” -thank you Jama for giving me an opportunity to grow! I’ll forever be grateful for this opportunity you gave me, together with Mam Thuli.
I’ll forever be part of the loveLife family and the National Youth Camp. I’m looking forward to being with this movement when I finish my training. Continue inspiring growth and changing the lives of young people 🙏🏾. Thank you!”
My name is Tshepo Sindane from Middelburg in Mpumalanga.
loveLife is a big mother body that changed a lot of young people’s lives – like me, since I was part of this organisation. I have managed to overcome lot of challenges in my teen years – until now.
It has opened lot of doors for me, I was involved in many projects and organisations through loveLife. Various organisations have been formed under the mentorship of loveLife. Even now in my life, I am busy with youth development in social health and sports.
Overall I can say loveLife is one of the organizations that has helped shape young peoples lives to become youth pioneers.