Football to address fatherlessness in South Africa

 
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Jun 1, 2012

Lots Happening!

Jeremy - who sadly leaves behind a 2 year old son
Jeremy - who sadly leaves behind a 2 year old son

Dear Friends,

We would like to update you on some exciting developments regarding our prison Hope Academy program. 

These past few months have been extremely busy for the project as we have continued to work tremendously hard with the young offenders in the prison and our graduates outside of prison.

Currently we have had 32 graduates come through the Hope Academy. It is exciting to see many of these young men leave prison and become role models and leaders in their communities. 

Recently our captain in the Academy from 2009-2011 Zola Goboza was employed in one of the Cape Town townships as a full time community worker. When Zola was released from prison he volunteered his services for free to the local council, over time the community center saw his commitment and rewarded him with a full time position last week.

One of our graduates, Abongile Sodlaka phoned me to say he had just passed his Electrical Engineering Level 3 theory course. We funded Abongile to go through this course and he has shown great determination to pass. He will be setting up his own business in the future.

However we do have some sad news that one of our graduates was shot dead in the Cape Flats a few weeks ago. Jeremy made a decision to leave the gang he was working with before prison when he was released, sadly the gang killed him on his doorstep in front of his two year old son. Jeremy lost his life for standing up for the right thing. One of our coaches attended the funeral and spoke on behalf of Hope Academy and gave a testimony about Jeremy's life. This is the realty of the work we do.

This past month we had the minister of Correctional Services visit the Academy, she said that the Academy holding cell (where the team lives) was the "best cell I have ever seen in any prison in the country" - her comment was in appreciation for the discipline of the young men, the cleanliness of the cell and the project. We also received a delegation from all the managers of prisons nationwide who visited the Academy with the concept to open up Academies in their prisons. This will be a difficult task as the Academy is not something that can easily be replicated.

Finally the Academy has been accepted into an external football association league. This is a huge breakthrough as the team will be playing matches home and away against community teams. This will not only create awareness of the project but will also allow us to play competitive football on a weekly basis.

Thanks for all your support and if you want to continue to support us by giving to the project please consider this. We still need funding for equipment this year such as boots, shirts and playing kit.

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Project Leader

Ben Marais

AIS SA Director
Pretoria, Gauteng South Africa

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