Kliptown Youth Program: Leading a Community Out Of Poverty, One Child at a Time

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Kliptown Youth Program with Fairheads

November 2016

We popped in at the the Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) centre in Soweto recently to spoil the children with some treats and catch up on how the organisation is doing. Fairheads has been a proud CSI partner for a number of years. We are always blown away by KYP’s achievements and the number of people who see a brighter future for themselves because of this organisation’s unfailing dedication to the upliftment of their community.

KYP’s mission is simple – to provide opportunities that will enable young people to rise out of poverty.  They provide educational support and afterschool programs to Kliptown’s children. These include tutoring, athletic, and arts programs. The strive to enable their members to “be active community members, to have dreams, and most of all to have hope for the future.”

Hope is not an easy sell in the township of Kliptown, one of Soweto’s oldest townships – overwhelming poverty and unemployment with the accompanying ills of crime and drugs characterise the township. The community lacks basic services such as electricity, proper sanitation and schools.

This is what drives the group of dynamic young people who lead the organisation to never give up. Many of them were born and raised in Kliptown, including their Executive Director and co-founder of KYP, Thulani Madondo. Thulani was chosen as one of the 2015 “21 ICONS South Africa”. 21 ICONS is a visual celebration of the lives of men and women who have shaped the world around them for the better.  2012, he was honoured as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes from a pool of 45,000 nominations coming from 100 countries.


Kliptown Youth Programme Christmas gifts

(left) Thulani Madondo, KYP Executive Director, Yvonne Mahlatji (middle), Fairheads Consulting Manager and Themba Manzana (right), Fairheads Field Agent

KYP’s achievements

  • Provides 460 meals and 460 sandwiches per day from Monday to Saturday.
  • Provides transport for our students whose schools are 5km and more away from home.
  • 428 members currently in grades 1 to 12
  • 97 members and community members currently engaged in post-matric training
  • 11 members currently enrolled at university
  • 10 students enrolled in highly recommended and prestigious schools.
  • 88 members from seven grade 12 classes have passed their high school matric exams since KYP’s founding
  • 33 young men and women who were part of KYP are now employed, supporting their families
  • 10 former beneficiaries are financial donors to KYP through the monthly debit order system
  • 15 out 18 Grade 12 learners successfully passed Grade 12 in 2015
  • All staff members of the organization are studying in different fields of study for staff development

Read more about the Kliptown Youth Program at www.kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Published in Fairheads Times, Issue 35, November 2016