Youth Empowerment / Development & Enrichment

Arts and Culture

We believe that the performing arts promote holistic growth and development and our Arts and Culture programme supports organisations that provide skills and creative arts training programmes for youth to build confidence and maximise potential.

Keiskamma Music Academy in the Eastern Cape is dedicated to the empowerment of youth through music.  Around 100 students aged 8 to 18, from Hamburg and its surrounding villages, are taught music theory and how to play the recorder with the option of graduating to an orchestral instrument.  Many also play indigenous instruments.  Acquiring the discipline and determination required to learn music has been shown to be of broader academic benefit and develop life skills.      

Casterbridge Music Development Academy in Mpumalanga and Magnet Theatre, the West Coast Youth Orchestra and the Delft Big Band in the Western Cape are also current beneficiaries of this programme.

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Skills Development

We support a number of skills development initiatives where participants learn new skills to help them build sustainable livelihoods for themselves, their families and their communities.   

At Conquest for Life in Gauteng, diversion programmes for young offenders referred by the courts are run in Soweto, Ennerdale, Orange Farm and Westbury under the Building Bridges initiative.  We are helping to support 250 young people take part in a 2 month holistic programme which encourages them to step into positive leadership roles and become assets to their communities. 

The Foundation funds two ‘mamas’ as an ongoing commitment to the Clover Mama Afrika programme.  Mama Dinah Mogale runs a centre on Castello Farm in Rysmierbult in the North-West Province, where she started a needlework project in 2005.  More than 20 women have recently received a basic training to increase their garment making skills, and also produce small craft items to generate income.


Gender awareness, personal growth

Through this programme we support projects which give young people in rural areas in particular, ways of seeking help to change their lives.    

Nicro’s Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES) is an intervention which addresses the needs of low-risk and vulnerable youth as part of their National Diversion Programme for children and juvenile offenders.  YES is expected to reach 3 145 young people during 2014 /2015.  The Foundation is supporting the Limpopo and Mpumalanga programmes in order to reach rural youth.    

At Greater Nelspruit Rape Intervention Project (GRIP) in Mpumalanga, the Foundation has assisted with the cost of care rooms at Acornhoek Police Station in Bushbuckridge.  The care rooms offer a safe, confidential environment for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors whilst they go through the difficult process of prosecution of perpetrators and physical and emotional recovery.

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‘Loving to learn and think creatively is the most significant gift we can offer our children.‘
Corinne Abel