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Recover HOPE in South African township

Children and youth need opportunities to explore themselves, find their passions and talents in order to reach their full potential.

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Geography of focus (500 characters)

Our focus is a fast expanding black township in the east of Pretoria, South Africa.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Hope and Joy: A children and youth centre in the township will provide opportunities for the participants to explore themselves, find their passions and talents, receive love and encouragement from the staff members. The goal is for each child/youth to find their purpose and goal in life, something they can hold on to, that they can hope for. Every step closer to that goal will encourage them and show them, that they can reach their goals. ultimately this will also bring happiness. Through the spiritual aspect of the program we hope that the children will find true life - which we believe is only found in Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can bring lasting joy and we trust that the children and youth will find and receive that joy.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

We are removing the children and youth from the streets and its bad influence, teaching them good ethics and values. So we hope to reduce drug abuse, violence, prostitution, school drop out rate and illiteracy. The participants will know their identity (who they are), their purpose (what they are here for) and how to fulfill their purpose (reach their dreams and goals).

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

When i walk through the township i see a lot of people. but they are not living. They are dead, without hope or perspective. The statistics of youth unemployment, child abuse, substance abuse, violence and crime are horrific. The public health care system is not working, the police is not supporting the law abiding citizen ... The people are paralyzed, unable to change their situation and circumstances. and the most vulnerable are the children and the youth.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

individuals and churches

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Pilot: We have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users. The feasibility of an innovation is tested in a small-scale and real world application (i.e. 3-15% of the target population)

Group or Organization Name

HOPE Recovered

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Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

Organization Headquarters: Country

South Africa

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Pretoria, Gauteng


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Photo of Uchenna Okafor

Hello Raphael Richli! Quite interesting to design towards ensuring purpose and fulfillment for youth and children. Nonetheless, you may agree that disabled persons are mos neglected in all effort by mankind to locate the intersect of purpose and fulfillment; yet, they are the most vulnerable group of all times and in all things. So, is there any provision in this design to accommodate their special developmental needs? Put differently, is there any plan to tap their resourcefulness for their smooth social integration and economic independence?

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