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.

Lerato: Bridging the gap

06 January 2014

Name: Lerato Maepa Community Issue: Education Hometown: Limpopo Lerato is passionate about mathematics and her community action project is working to improve the maths pass rate in the lower grades 8 to 9 at her high school, Kopa Secondary School, as she has seen that the lower grades are not performing well. She has noted…

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Thato: Planting seeds of hope

11 December 2013

Name: Thato Sauhatse Community Issue: Youth Development Hometown: Orange Farm, Gauteng Thato lives in an informal settlement in Orange Farm and noted that there were no positive role models in his community and that the unemployed youth in his community often ended up being victims of crime and substance abuse, due to the high level of…

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Pertunia: Creating a strong community

11 December 2013

Name: Pertunia Letsoalo Community Issue: Youth Develoment Hometown: Tzaneen, Limpopo Pertunia believes in the value of mentorship and learning through experience. Her community action project uses peer-to-peer mentorship to address the challenges that young people in her Limpopo community of Tzaneen are facing. She also runs bi-monthly interactive sessions to not only discusses immediate issues being…

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Mduduzi: Extra lessons aficionado

23 September 2013

Name: Mduduzi Masilela Community Issue: Education Hometown: Limpopo, Gauteng Mduduzi ran an educational orientated community action project (CAP) at his high school, Hlabi Senior Secondary School in Limpopo. As a Grade 11 student at the time, he decided to focus on providing tutoring and extra lesson classes in Maths and Physics, to Grade 10’s and…

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Aqeelah: Healing through music

23 September 2013

Name: Aqeelah Van Schyff Community Issue: Youth Development Hometown: Cape Town, Western Cape Aqeelah decided to start a community action project (CAP) in 2012, focused on the upliftment of young people in and around her community. As a means of doing this she decided to combine her own passion for music, as a tool of…

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Paul: Motivating high school learners

16 September 2013

Name: Paul Tsiri Community issue: Youth Empowerment Home Town: Dendron, Limpopo Summary of Community Action Project (CAP): Paul Tsiri is from the Limpopo province and is passionate about education and finding a means of keeping learners motivated towards achieving academic excellence. As part of his Community Action Project in 2012, Paul decided that he would…

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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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