Joshwin Taurijo’s wilderness name is Strong African Buffalo which intimates his charismatic leadership, his passion and his unique understanding of the challenging work with youth growing up in challenging circumstances. Joshwin was one of the first participants in the Usiko school-based programmes at Stellenzich High School in Jamestown in 2001. He was born in Paarl and his family moved to Stellenbosch in search of better opportunities. “Growing up was a struggle for me_ my dad was a drug addict and my mom an alcoholic. I suffered a lot of neglect and abuse, physically as well as emotionally, but then Usiko came into my life and intervened just at the right time.” His life experiences have taught him deep lessons and this resilient African Buffalo firmly believes one bad chapter does not mean your life’s story is over!)
Josh has worked at Stellenbosch University as an actor in a theatre production and as a peer educator raising awareness on drug abuse and HIV/AIDS. “I have a deep passion for broken people and those trapped in gangs and drugs, poverty and abuse, because I was once right there. But with the help of Usiko I could get my life back on track. I can relate with the young people we work with and I’m committed to help bring healing and change to our nation.” This devoted family man also loves to cycle, hike and to spend time in the gym and with his church community. He is programme facilitator and part of the team of “Young Lions” who have come through the Usiko Stellenbosch ranks.