Opportunity Stories of Community Action Projects

Read about the social impact projects and experiences of youth in our programs. Our stories are captured from site visits and interviews with youth (past and present) in our programs.

Nkosana & Avumile: Infusing Strong Values

23 April 2014

Names: Avumile Mbali & Nkosana Nkosi School: Selborne College Community Issue: Youth Empowerment Hometown: Zwelitsha, Eastern Cape What stands out for Avumile and Nkosana about their Community Action Project (CAP) is that it was filled with magical moments. Not the kind of magic that turns a frog into a prince but the kind that turns lessons, hurdles…

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Gareth: When Connection is Key

16 April 2014

Names: Gareth Kieck Year joined the enke family: 2012 Community issue: Education Hometown: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal When you think about the vast potential of South Africa it’s easy to overlook the power of connection across class, gender or race. Hailing from the well-resourced Westville Boys High School in Durban, Gareth, Ricky and Zane certainly hadn’t thought much about how…

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Petunia: Girl Power!

11 April 2014

Names: Petunia Koitsioe Year Joined the enke family: 2011 Community Issue: Youth Empowerment Hometown: Johannesburg, Gauteng Petunia grew up in Soweto with a love of stories; of hearing them, creating them and recording them. Over the years, so many of the stories she heard reflected experiences vastly different to her own. Through these stories a sense of injustice…

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Vusi: The Visionary

07 April 2014

Names: Brian Vusi-Musi Zwane Year Joined the enke family: 2011 Community Issue: Environment Hometown: Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal   It’s hard to know where to start with Vusi.  We could talk about when he was a enke: Trailblazer in 2011 and he ran not just one, but three Community Action Project’s (CAPs), or how as an enke: Igniter in…

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Jarrod: The Future is Bright

02 April 2014

Name: Jarrod Delport Year joined enke: 2009 From: Krugersdorp, Gauteng Finding that critical moment of inspiration for creating change can be a struggle and for those with the ideas and the inspiration, finding the right moment to shine can be the hardest part. After half a decade of involvement with enke: Make Your Mark, Jarrod says finding his…

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TK & Maja: Leading their peers!

28 March 2014

Names: Tsakane Ngoepe & Maja Morukhuladi School: Dendron Senior Secondary School (matriculated in 2010) Community Issue: Education Hometown: Bochum, Limpopo Tsakane Ngoepe (“TK”) and Maja Morukhuladi attended Dendron Senior Secondary School, situated about 60kms outside of Polokwane in the Limpopo province.  They noted that the dropout rate of students in Grade 11, at their school, was quite high…

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Sesi: The Chess Queen

26 March 2014

Names: Sesi Selemolela School: Malusi High School (matriculated in 2013) Community Issue: Youth Empowerment Hometown: Avon, Limpopo Finding her second family has been a journey for Sesi. Coming from the rural farmlands of Limpopo, she saw a lot of young people without much to do, and getting into trouble. Before joining the enke family Sesi and a…

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Ndilisa, Talita, Lwazi, Vuyani, Ambesa, Ludwe, Onke & Abenathi: The Joy of Reading

24 March 2014

Names: Ndilisa May, Talita Maliti, Lwazi Fanana, Vuyani Vorslag, Ambesa Mafanga, Ludwe Zigwebile, Onke Ntlolokotshane & Abenathi Ntelezi School: Chris Hani Secondary School Community Issue: Education/Literacy Hometown: Khayelitsha, Western Cape How do you inspire in a group of young people a love of reading? Especially when you have limited access to books and no place for young…

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