Beth Uriel

Raising Young Men We Can Look Up To
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Helping Boys never doubt that they are Valuable & Powerful

With a deep belief in the transforming power of God, Beth Uriel, “House of Light”, aims to provide young men from impoverished communities the chance to pursue meaningful, independent lives through a supportive living environment, connections to educational opportunities, positive social alternatives and life skill training.

Statistics show that youth (age 18 to 35) make up over half of the population in the Western Cape. Faced with enormous challenges around unemployment (well over 33%), low matric pass rates (only 1 in 2 learners make it to grade 12) and family dysfunction (fatherless or child headed homes), young men throughout the Cape are provided with very few opportunities that cultivate hope or any real sense of purpose. Our 24 bed independent living facility in Salt River aims to address the above issues by “raising young men to look up to”- making its resources available to previously disadvantaged young men between the ages of 18 and 24

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We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as men and take the lead.

Me'kasi kafe

We organize Barista training for the Boys

A great career opportunity for the boys here at Beth Uriel is barista training. With this, some young men who cannot go to school due to age or paperwork hereby get a chance to make a career out of making coffee and use all their learnt skills in the future. The coffeeshop at Beth Uriel, Mekasi Kafe, is being managed completely by the boys themselves and the profits go to the home. The young men who work at the coffeeshop get barista training to become certified baristas. They can put these certificates and also their work experience at Mekasi Kafe in their CV. It is also a great opportunity for them to develop their hospitality skills. The coffee machine and the till are professional equipment and of the same standard as those used in big coffeeshops, restaurants and bars. When looking for a job as a barista these young men already have an advantage because of their familiarity with the coffeemaking process and the machinery, and hospitality skills.

Mekasi Kafe also functions as a “businesscard” to Beth Uriel. It is a great place to welcome visitors such as tourist groups and local coffee lovers. The profits made by Mekasi Kafe goes directly to the home. By buying coffee or merchandise products (such as t-shirts, hoodies, laptop bags, jewelry) visitors are actually contributing to these young men’s futures. But most importantly, Mekasi Kafe is about training and giving interested youth an opportunity to learn the art and sought after skill of coffeemaking and possibly pursuing a career in this field.

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