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. 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.
With EMpower’s second grant, Mamelani Projects builds on the work of the first grant by continuing support to returning participants while extending support to new participants who are soon leaving or have recently left care homes. These young people lack family or social support to resist gang involvement, secure and sustain employment or continue their education. The grant also supports the continuation of a program development process that began last year which helped to inform the Mamelani approach, consolidation of their model and practice, and staff capacity building and mentoring.