This project develops orphaned and vulnerable children from the township communities. The focus is to use sport as a tool to deliver key educational support, to give these children more opportunities in life.
Children born around the end of the Apartheid era are still victims of its effects and lack of opportunities. South Africa has a high birth rate, but due to rampant unemployment and poverty, South Africans have low life expectancy and average family income of around $16 per month. Children from large families live in crowded conditions. Children are often raised by grandparents having lost both parents to HIV/Aids. Children able to attend school, struggle to afford fees, uniform and transport.
These orphaned and vulnerable children are given full scholarships, to top schools in Nelson Mandela Bay, through United Through Sport South Africa. United Through Sport offers sports coaching, life orientation classes and personal mentoring sessions and academic support in addition to the children's normal academic education they receive at their respective schools.
The aim is for all the children to leave their schools with a full matric qualification (final year of senior schooling in South Africa) and to be placed at either University, a vocational institution or in employment to be able to use the skills they have learnt to get a great start to a better life. This will break the poverty cycle and uplift the communities the children live in.
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