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.

Kiyasha: Champion of sustainable development

16 September 2013

Name: Kiyasha Padarath Community issue: Community Development Hometown: Johannesburg, Gauteng On returning to Johannesburg from the 2012 Cape Town enke: Forum, Kiyasha decided that she would like to contribute to the upliftment of one of the disadvantaged communities close to where she lives. She decided to start a vegetable garden in Kya Sand to help generate income for Fundanathi Pre-Primary…

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Takudzwa: Making all the right moves

09 September 2013

Name: Takudzwa Raisi Community issue: Community Development Hometown: Bellville, Western Cape Takudzwa launched a chess club called “The Chess Grandmasters”  at his high school in an effort to restore school pride, as well as to help learners to improve their concentration, which would positively impact their academics. His early efforts in garnering support and recruiting individuals to his club was…

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Bongani & Bongani: Spreading the joy of science

09 September 2013

Name: Bongani Gqweta and Bongani Pontsana Community issue: Education Hometown: Khayelitsha, Western Cape Bongani Gqweta and Bongani Pontsana from Khayelitsha, Cape Town were concerned about the poor science pass rate amongst their peers and the general lack of enthusiasm for science subjects amongst the majority of students at their school. For their community action project they formed a…

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Avumile & Nkosana: Leading a movement

02 September 2013

Names: Avumile Mbali and Nkosana Nkosi Community issue: Education Hometown: East London, Eastern Cape In 2012, Avumile Mbali and Nkosana Nkosi were Grade 11 students  from the Eastern Cape when they chose to focus their Community Action Project on empowering primary school children in the communities neighboring their school. They partnered with a primary school called Duncan Valley…

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Maisara: Making the impossible, possible

02 September 2013

Name: Maisara Ndayifhimiye Community issue: Poverty Hometown: Soweto, Gauteng Inspired and motivated by her week-long experience at the 2012 Johannesburg enke: Forum, Maisara headed back home with a grand plan to collect food and supplies from her family, peers and community to donate to the homeless and orphanage within her communities. Her collection drive got off to a slow…

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Gareth, Ricky & Zane: Stewards of equal education

02 September 2013

Names: Gareth Kieck, Ricky Hughes and Zane Weir Community issue: Education Hometown: Westville, KwaZulu-Natal Gareth Kieck, Ricky Hughes and Zane Weir from Westville Boys’ High School in Durban decided to focus their Community Action Project on assisting learners from a previously disadvantaged school with their school work. They recruited thirteen of their Grade 11 peers and committed to…

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Kathlego: Sharing the gift of numbers

02 September 2013

Name: Katlego Chabalala Community issue: Education Hometown: Tafelkop, Limpopo Katlego has always enjoyed Mathematics as a subject in school, however, in 2012 he realised that other learners at his school didn’t share the same sentiment as him and were struggling with the subject. Attending the 2012 Johannesburg enke: Forum empowered Katlego to do something about this and he decided…

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Tebogo: Against all odds

02 September 2013

Name: Tebogo Peega Community issue: Enviroment Hometown: Soweto, Gauteng When Tebogo was a Grade 11 student in 2012, she decided to take action in her community through a social initiative called the “Community for Climate” where she mobilised her peers and community members to clean up the garden area in her school and plant vegetables…

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