Context: Youth gang violence in South Africa’s townships is a chronic problem which inhibits learning and mobility.
Organization: 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. AEF is also shaping the wider community to create a safe learning and living environment.
Current Grant: EMpower’s 5th grant to Amandla EduFootball provides support for two key programmatic staff salaries that will allow 6000 young people to participate in its Fair Play Football League, 4800 to receive life skills training, and 90 to receive accredited vocational training, as well as support the development of an IT system that will allow the organization to bring its model to scale in coming years.