By working on Kaima’s organic farm, teenagers-at-risk have the chance to change the course of their lives. As fully invested partners in Kaima, these young participants find hope, stability and purpose.
Gadi joined Kaima when all other options had failed. His anti-social behaviour had led to his removal from many schools. He was desperate to fit in but had few social skills and struggled to form any kind of positive relationship. His parents felt at a complete loss…and saw Kaima as their last chance. At Kaima, Gadi has learnt to feel comfortable in his own skin. He is responsible for planting, weeding, tending to the vegetables and picking the ripe fruit ready for sale. He takes these jobs very seriously, wanting to do his best for himself and his team. He is learning so much about himself, and with the support of Kaima’s dedicated social workers, he is developing the tools to build positive relationships with his peers. He still has good and bad days but the structure in his life gives him direction when he starts to act out. He doesn’t feel judged, he just feels happy and secure in himself – and that’s exactly what Kaima is there for.
WHY CHOOSE KAIMA
At Kaima, each participant learns to grow, market and sell the farm’s organic products, earning an hourly wage and taking their place as fully invested partners in the business. They develop positive social skills, a strong work ethic, and receive the support and training they need to find their place in the world.
As a result of the programme, Kaima’s participants have successfully returned to the education system, entered the army, and been able to foster long-term, meaningful relationships. Kaima keeps in touch with all of its ‘graduates’, offering mentoring and support as they embark on the next chapter in their lives.