Counselling changed Karabelo’s life

Karabelo submitted a story to the “Cadbury Dairy Milk Glass & a Half Project presents: There’s a Story in Everyone” competition that was run during the last few months of 2020. His story was one of the few to be selected for publication in a book. This achievement would not have been possible for the boy a year ago.

Karabelo lost his mother at a very young age and his aunt took over as his guardian.  Two years ago, he discovered that the person he thought were his mother is not his biological mother at all, but his mother’s younger sister. He was constantly disappointed by his biological father, who would promise to visit him but would not show up and made no effort to provide for him. This affected Karabelo emotionally and psychologically. His behaviour changed. He became violent, angry, rude and disrespectful towards adults.

Karabelo is smart, but his anger issues affected his school performance. He clearly needed professional counselling and he received it

His counselling was supplemented with an intervention and the emotional support provided by the drop-in centre staff. His behaviour started to change and his school work improved. In the first term of 2020 his marks were good and in the 3rd term they were excellent – he achieved six distinctions.

Karabelo is now a very happy child with a great life ahead.

Please read the story he submitted here

Terapie verander Karabelo se lewe

‘n tyd terug het Karabelo ‘n storie ingeskryf vir die Cadbury Dairy Milk Glass & a Half Project: There’s a Story in Everyone” kompetisie. Sy storie is een van enkeles wat geselekteer is vir publikasie in ‘n boek. Die prestasie sou nie ‘n jaar terug vir die seun moontlik gewees het nie.

Karabelo het sy ma verloor op ‘n baie jong ouderdom en sy tannie het daarna die rol van moeder oorgeneem. Twee jaar gelede het hy ontdek dat die vrou wat hy as ma beskou het, nie sy biologiese ma is nie, maar haar jonger suster. Hy is in dié tyd deurlopend teleurgestel deur sy biologiese pa, wat sou belowe om te kom kuier en dan nooit opdaag nie. Sy pa het ook geen poging aangewend om vir die seun te sorg nie. Dit het ‘n geweldige sielkundige en emosionele impak gehad op Karabelo. Hy het geweldadig, kwaad en disrespekvol teenoor volwassenes geraak.

Karabelo is ‘n slim kind , maar sy probleem met woede het sy skoolwerk sleg beïnvloed. Hy het duidelik professionele berading nodig gehad en hy het dit gekry!

Sy terapie is aangevul met die betrokkenheid en die emosionele ondersteuning van die personeel van die instapsentrum. Sy gedrag het geleidelik begin verander en sy skoolwerk het verbeter. In die eerste kwartaal van 2020 was sy punte heelwat beter, maar in die derde kwartaal was dit uitstekend en het hy ses onderskeidings behaal.

Karabelo is nou ‘n pragseun met die vooruitsig van ‘n mooi lewe. AKB se personeel hou ‘n wakende oog en ons doen alles in ons vermoë om Karabelo by te staan.

Lees gerus die storie wat hy vir die Cadbury-kompetisie geskryf het hier