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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Young Community Shaper finalist 2012 - Themba...

Themba runs a community project in an informal settlement in Midrand, Johannesburg. In the short time I spent with him, I realized that he is doing exactly what he should be doing, this is his calling.

He is a young man with such a gentle heart, a ton of patience and a will to uplift his community.

Working at an local Primary school for no pay, he conducts extra classes for the children after school, helping them with their homework.

Through his project he secured a special room at the school where he and other volunteers can spend quality time with children that needs extra attention, - be it homework or social problems.

After school he helps with the feeding of the learners and because school is not only about studies, - he also couch Soccer , Cricket and Netball for the children.

During the years he has seen a bigger need at a local Secondary school to help teach leaders in the educational system. Here he started to teach a leadership course and the results speak for themselves. The pass rate at the High School have gone from 60% to 80% since his involvement.

Themba have big plans for the future of his project as he wants to start a Youth Centre in the area -where youth from all ages can do mentorships in all aspects of life, - preparing them for a brighter, secure future.

                           All images made with the M9 35mm, 50mm Summiluxes.

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