South Africa

Kiptown Youth Program – Since 2014

Located in the oldest township of Sewto, Kiptown Youth Program (KYP) provides tutoring, athletic and arts programs to the children of Kiptown.  Due to the absence of basic necessities, the children of Kliptown face immense challenges. Not only do these children have to walk to local schools outside Kliptown, they cannot afford the cost of uniforms, shoes, lunch, and books. It is no surprise that many children turn to drugs and crime at an early age. In a community afflicted with immense poverty, a high unemployment rate of 70%, an HIV/AIDS rate of 25%, and teenage pregnancy, KYP enables children to harness their potential and grow into dynamic and skilled individuals who can give back to society.  Each day, in addition to a hot meal, the children at KYP receive the guidance and care necessary to fulfill their dreams.  During the summer of 2017, Megan and Jess had the opportunity to visit KYP.  We were able to see KYP’s amazing work first hand and how important school uniforms are to the children of Kilptown.

Key Statistics
  • 7 out of 10 South African children live below poverty line (income).
  • Only 1 in 3 children live with both their biological parents and one in six has lost a parent.
  • 30% of 15 to 19-year-old school girls report ever having been pregnant.
  • 58% of Grade 4 learners could not read for meaning and 29% could not read at all
  • Girls aged 15 to 19 are between 3 and 8 times more likely to become infected with HIV than their male peers.
  • 30% of Kliptown’s residents are HIV positive.