Global Reach: Grantee Partners

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SOZO Foundation Trust

Context:

Vrygrond Township has many social problems including crime, gangsterism, abuse, and drug addiction. There is a general sense of apathy and hopelessness among residents; 77% of Vrygrond households live below the poverty line. Whereas settlements are usually made up of one ethnic group, Vrygrond has 50% Cape Coloured (people of mixed ethnic origin who possess ancestry from Europe, Asia, and various Khoisan and Bantu tribes of Southern Africa) and 50% African, half of which are foreigners. Racial tensions are high and xenophobia is a reality. There is a dearth of services for young people in Vrygrond, as demonstrated by the fact that in a settlement of over 40,000 residents, there is not a single high school. This means high school students have to walk long distances through gang-infested areas to attend schools in other settlements. Only 42% of South African youth graduate from high school and those who do often lack access to information about opportunities for youth employment, development or education.

Organization:

Founded in 2011, The Sozo Foundation Trust seeks to equip and empower people with the tools, skills and knowledge for holistic self-development. Through the Sozo Educenter, the organization offers high school students in the Vrygrond Township with after-school tutoring, academic assistance and mentoring in an effort to create a generation of young leaders who inspire positive change in their own communities.

Current Grant:

EMpower’s 2nd grant to The SOZO Foundation Trust provides after-school tutoring to equip secondary students with the necessary knowledge and skills to improve their grades, pass matric and access post-schooling opportunities.

You can support our work with SOZO Foundation Trust and our other grantee partners.

Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.

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