Nineteen percent of all children in South Africa are orphaned. Even more are in need of care due to other circumstances, such as abuse within the family. Amandla EduFootball’s sports, leadership and life skills, and community empowerment programs work to prevent at-risk young people from joining gangs or becoming involved in other criminal or violent activities, provide information on health risks such as drugs, HIV/AIDS, crime; and ensure regular school attendance. Young participants learn to respect boundaries and authority and to become responsible and active members of society.
With EMpower’s third grant, Amandla EduFootball is strengthening systems focused on programme implementation and monitoring and evaluation to ensure successful replication in other areas of South Africa.