In South Africa millions of people still have to live in townships. Temporary corrugated iron huts shape the image of many districts, everyday life is characterised by poverty, hunger, violence and drugs – an environment that could not be more adverse, especially for children. The chances of once being able to escape this fate are slim: From an early age, children have to live with hunger and poverty and it is not uncommon for them to get on the wrong track. They often belong to criminal groups, sell drugs or are addicted themselves. Education, which may be the only chance to escape this fate, is not available for most of them.
Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.Nelson Mandela
For this reason, the Kulu Manzi Project, which we launched in its current form in 2015, supports young people from the many townships in Cape Town as a private charity. We want to give as many of them as possible an easier access to education and give them the opportunity to strengthen their self-esteem through positive experiences.
We place special emphasis on helping people to help themselves and sustainable effects. We are on the right track with our partners and approaches, but there is still a lot to do.