THIS summer, a surfing team from Durban, South Africa, is
visiting British waters, but this is a team with a difference: its
members grew up on the streets.
The group, Surfers Not Street Children, is made up of three
young men, aged between 21 and 24: Sihle Mbutho, Lucky Nozisali,
and Andile Zulu. All lost parents when they were young, and had to
fend for themselves.
They began a three-week tour of the UK last month. It lasts
until Tuesday. As well as surfing, they have been visiting schools
and churches, telling their stories and raising awareness of the
plight of street children. The tour is being hosted by the Amos
Speaking last week, Mr Zulu said: "Being in the streets was like
being in a fire that you cannot get out of. We show other children
how to get out of that fire."
The National Director of Christian Surfers UK, met the team on
Tuesday of last week. He said: "The three young men were real
ambassadors, and it was hard to realise just what tough backgrounds
they came from."