Mamelani Projects

Context: While the South African government calls on child and youth care centers to offer transitional support to youth leaving institutionalized care, these are new areas of work and largely underdeveloped.

Organization: Mamelani Projects was founded in 2003 to empower and strengthen marginalized communities and promote self-reliance, by listening to and responding to the health and well-being of women, youth and children.

Current Grant: EMpower’s 4th grant to Mamelani assists the organization to extend its program providing transitional support to 35 youth leaving care and to continue its work with five new Children and Youth Care Centres to build their capacity in developing and implementing a transitional support program. In addition, it also allows Mamelani to strengthen its own capacity of engaging with policy making at the provincial and national Departmental level in the run-up to the proposed amendment of the Children’s Act which is likely to make transitional support mandatory.

South Africa Contact: Carly Tanur
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Year Established: 2003