Date added: 13 Feb 2016
Laughter Africa first met Sylvester in mid June 2015 when he was sleeping on the streets in King Jimmy. He was in the first group of street children we worked with. He was 15 years old and had lived on the streets for at least two months. He had lived with his grandmother. The reason he gave for living on the streets was that he was forced into child labour. We reunited him with his grandmother at the end of June 2015 and we also paid for him to complete an apprenticeship as a mechanic so that he could become self-sufficient and be employable in the future.
We visited Sylvester in March 2016. He is still at home and is still attending his apprenticeship every day. He is doing really well and we are very proud of him and all he has achieved over the last year.
We visited Sylvester again in the middle of June 2016 and as he had stayed at home for a year, we bought him a set of tools so that he can carry on with his apprenticeship as a mechanic. He was delighted with his tools.
In November 2016, James visited Sylvester to invite him to the Christmas party. Sadly when James went to the garage where he was working, he couldn't find Sylvester. Sadly in October after an altercation with his boss, Sylvester lost his job and he moved out of his home. Thankfully his friend knew where to find Sylvester so James and Sylvester's friend visited his new workplace. He is still continuing his apprenticeship as a mechanic and it is going very well. He has also moved in with his mum and seems really happy.
At the beginning of December 2016, Sylvester came to the Laughter Africa Christmas party.
Sylvester also came to the international day for street children party in mid April 2017. As of the end of June 2017, we are glad to say that he is still at home and attending his apprenticeship as a mechanic.
Since June 2017 until the end of February 2018, Sylvester has stayed home without returning to the streets. There was one incident in October where he was accussed of being in a fight and breaking someone's teeth. He was wanted by the police but he came to stay with us in the ICC and we sorted everything out for him. We paid driving lessons for him in November 2017 and in February 2018, we paid for him to sit his driving test.We saw him at Christmas 2017 for the Christmas party. He is still working as a mechanic.
Throughout 2018, Sylvester stayed at home without returning to the streets and we are in constant contact with him and his family. However, although he passed his driving test- he has still not collected his driving license yet. We have paid his license and provided him a copy of his birth certificate so he is able to collect it but he has still not received it from the relevant authorities. He is also still attending his mechanic apprenticeship. Again, Sylvester is a really good lad and we never receive any complaints about his behaviour. As of February 2019, he is still at home.