Our lucky winner for this quarter is Lusanda Slaai. Lusanda wins a stunning bottle of bubbly! Thank you Lusanda for being a committed footsteps supporter.
Daniel is a graduate of our social enterprise training programme. Daniel is the business owner of a recycling business in DeDoorns. In the training programme Daniel identified an opportunity to generate an income and contribute to environmental sustainability. He is collecting about three tonnes of glass per week. Daniel is a mentor to other young people in his community, he is also writing a book. Daniel is living his potential.
Last night I was on the phone to a young man who had been to the mountains in 2012. I had heard of an employment opportunity and thought he might be an ideal candidate. It was great speaking to him, he told me that he had a job, a good job, was earning enough to support his family. In his words, “It all changed for me in the mountains, I put the pain of my life on a rock and because I could see it I was able to leave it there in the mountains – you guys kept telling me to believe in who I was, to look at what I could do in those mountains. And so I did and now my life is good”
We are in the middle of taking almost 200 students from TSiBA Education into the mountains.
- Our youth network continues to connect and grow
- There are three nation building projects demonstrating the ability of young South Africans to lead this country with compassion and integrity.
- Four new youth led social enterprises are in start-up phase
- Two youth leaders are attending a leadership symposium in the USA.
The organisation has a new staff structure which has reduced overhead cost and increased efficiency, yet retains our connectedness as the people in Educo Africa.
At this point in time Educo Africa is productive, healthy and thriving in its work with this dynamic generation of young South Africans