Using soccer to help vulnerable children in Africa



Hope Academy invests heavily into the lives of 36 children in Soweto township, South Africa through intensive intervention over a number of years. The project believes in long term support and development of children who come from broken homes and live in a poverty stricken part of South Africa. We solve the problems many of these children face through our holistic program which mentors each young child, visits their homes, monitors their education and develops their football talent.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Hope Academy is designed as an elite holistic soccer program for poor and marginalized children in Soweto helping them develop in their football, faith and future (education). Many young children in Soweto grow up in poverty, with poor education and have negative role models. Hope Academy implements high investment in each child placed in the Academy, the Academy also impacts the whole community through sports programs and training, bringing transformation and hope to many.

How will this project solve this problem?

Each child is placed in a development plan (DP) that oversees their progress in the Academy. Each coach invests time in the child, visits his family and monitors their progress at school. Local leaders are also trained to help in the community.

Potential Long Term Impact

We believe in investing quality time and resources into the lives of our young children. This long term investment will bring long term transformational results in the future as our children will become leaders and role models in their families and surrounding communities. Hope Academy also develops the surrounding community through running soccer clinics, tournaments, training and education. One example - we have trained over 250 coaches in soccer coaching, HIV/AIDS and life-skills education.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $466

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $466 .  The original project funding goal was $25,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Ben Marais

AIS SA Director
Faerie Glen, Gauteng South Africa

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