Youths search for assistance

MEMBERS of the Pygmies Youth Club in Natokowaqa in Lautoka are desperate to live life without crime.

The youth members consisting of about 50 youths would do anything to help them put food on their family’s tables.

Pygmies Youth Club president Josateki Labalaba said his members were young and fit men who were searching for employment.

“I don’t want them to go through what I went through,” Mr Labalaba said.

“I was living a life of crime and was in and out of prison for a long time before I decided to change.

“I didn’t want to go back to prison.”

He said his youth members had a bright future ahead of them but they needed assistance to realise their dreams.

“We’ve gone to all of the places we think would be able to help us including the National Employment Centre.

“Until we get some feedback we’ll keep knocking on the doors we believe can give us an opportunity.

“We have members who are willing to work in construction and help contractors build homes.”

He said having the youths stay at home was counterproductive.

“I don’t want them to be idle because in my experience being alone at home and feeling the pressure from your family can lead to a lot of negative things.

“It encourages them to do things they will regret later.

“The last thing I want for them is to see them in a prison cell.”

He said as they waited for possible employment opportunities, the group would continue to help wherever they could.

“We still go out every fortnight to feed the homeless of Lautoka City.

“We still do some community work and I try to encourage our members to help those who are in need.”

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