What we do
The Soweto Youth Initiative reaches out to the community in a variety of ways. Read below to see what we are currently doing to better our community.
As a way of providing these foods, the organization have incorporated the
residents of Soweto slum and are doing small farming in the resident’s
kitchen garden. In cases where the land is too small, we use sacks which we
fill with soil and manure then make holes on the sides of the sacks and
plant vegetables. This has helped the organization in providing fresh,
organic vegetables in the meals provided to theses children.
These vegetables are also sold to the community around, and as a result the
sustainability of this program is guaranteed. And we also train the
children on rabbit keeping and the benefit of the rabbit.
Camping through our organization is targeted and offered to different age
groups depending on the matters at hand.
Camps which bring together people of the same age group are given a
platform where they are given an opportunity to express themselves, what
they are going through and what they expect from the parents, teachers, and
more so the government.
Mentors who are also invited to these forums guide and teach them on ways
to approach and deal with issues, organizations to contact in case
something happens in the community that touch them. Awareness and education
on the use of drugs and engaging in pre marital sex, counseling in case of
a rape and domestic violence for the single mothers are among the things
that are emphasized during trainings.
Every now and then we engage the community in cleanup exercises as a way of
embracing the environment they live in. This is done through approaching
corporates and organizations around the community like banks and
supermarkets and the county government department of environment that help
in disposing the waste by taking it to the dump sites. The organizations
provide water, gloves and T-shirts. Through such activities we have watched
the community unite and working together towards cleaning their environment.
Since the residents of Soweto slums are low income earners and casual
labors, they can’t afford to be buy sanitary pads to their teen girl every
month, and as a result, these girls miss out of class during their periods
hence lagging behind in class for 3-4 days every month.
As an organization we came up with a program of providing the sanitary pads
every month in order to keep the girls in school every time with out
As an organization, we also provide free books, rulers, erasers, bags,
pencils, crayons and pens to school going children as most parents can’t
afford to provide writing materials to their children.
On some occasions we have been forced to provide school uniform and shoes
because the parents can’t afford one or the existing uniform is badly torn.
This is a program that we have come up with as a way of empowering the
youths, disabled persons and women/young single mothers who dropped out of
school due to pregnancy. We offer life skills training on courses in Hair
dressing, Tailoring, Baking, Painting and Computer lessons.
After successful completion of the course, the students can access a soft
loan of about 20,000 Kshs for startups to start an income generating project.
The loan has a grace period of 2 months then the individual will start
paying the loan at 1% interest. The repayment period can be stretched to a
maximum of 2 years.