Student Survival Kits for South African Youth



These Numbers Have Faces educates and empowers South Africa youth to ignite community transformation. We provide college scholarships within a community impact program that includes mentoring, tutoring, financial literacy and financial reinvestment to young people who would not otherwise have access to higher education. The Student Survival Kits promote student success in the classroom by providing academic tutors, transportation support, food stipends, supplies and toiletries.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The TNHF Student Survival Kit is about surviving and thriving in college. We've found that empowering the future leaders of South Africa isn't just about providing college tuition, but about creating the support structures necessary for success. It's hard to pass your classes if you can't get there in the first place, don't have the right supplies, haven't eaten beforehand, and don't have extracurricular help outside of class.

How will this project solve this problem?

The Survival Kit Includes: + Transportation Support -- provides a safe and reliable means to get to class + Weekly Tutors -- Academic assistance in English and whatever classes students express need of support + Food Vouchers -- Monthly vouchers to Shoprite, an inexpensive and accessible store located in all the townships + School Supplies and Toiletries -- All the supplies necessary to achieve academic success and personal hygiene.

Potential Long Term Impact

A college education in South Africa means empowerment, opportunity, and academic equality for township youth. However, without the proper tools to support student success, youth from marginalized communities can suffer greatly within the university system. The student survival kit helps to ensure that TNHF scholars become part of a generation of South African youth who are equipped to break the cycle of economic instability, inequality, and injustice.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $595

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 $595 .  The original project funding goal was $8,000.


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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

Justin Zoradi

Portland, OR United States

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