Leaps Development has a launched an initiative to offer free holistic support children in the women-led Victoria Mxenge community in Phillippi, Cape Town, to help improve academic outcomes, strengthen community resilience and reduce the rate of crime in their area. This project will install infrastructure and learning resources to enable computer-based tutoring, a holistic after-school programme with social skills development at its core, as well as career advising services.
The Victoria Mxenge community is a flagship program of the South African Homeless Peoples' Federation, where poor women started a savings scheme to build their own homes and communities. With their program being the largest provider of self-built housing in the country, community members have realised the need to put education in the centre of their community development strategy in order to alleviate poverty, transfer knowledge and skills while ensuring better future prospects for children
While parents are at work, the after-school care, community-based educational centre will provide their children of all ages with an intellectually stimulating environment while offering real, tangible solutions towards a self-sustaining community through the planned formal entrepreneurial interventions and youth development programmes.
This project will also strengthen the community's 'self-organising' spirit and resilience to scale their existing initiatives to greater heights. It will also help mitigate the effects of poverty and reduce the high prevalence of crime in the community while providing a learning opportunity to replicate similar projects in their sites across the country.