Why Kliptown Needs KYP
Founded in early 2007 by a small group of inspired and passionate young people from Kliptown, dedicated to making a difference in their community, the Kliptown Youth Program provides educational support and afterschool activities for the disadvantaged children of this township.
This is the founders’ 'Statement of Need,' an explanation of the challenges the people of Kliptown face, and KYP's vision of how to help them overcome those challenges:
'As South Africa has grown into a modern country, there are still some places that are unfortunately neglected by the government; Kliptown, the oldest township of its kind in Soweto, established in 1903, is one of those places. Ironically, Kliptown is of immense historical and cultural importance in the history of South Africa, as it was the place where the Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. Despite its role in history, Kliptown with a population of forty-four thousand, is a community without even the most basic needs such as schools, health clinics, electricity and proper sanitation.
Due to the absence of these 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%, a 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.
We at KYP recognize that at the heart of these problems lies the lack of access to proper schooling. While English is taught in most schools as a second language, it is not always taught in a way where the students are adequately equipped to succeed in their 'matrics' (exams taken at the end of high school in English). KYP believes that if we identify and nurture talent amongst us, and inculcate the culture of education, we can create positive opportunities for ourselves. In doing so, we are creating a solution to poverty; one by which we can stand up and show the world that we are a force to be reckoned with. On a continent often wrought with victimhood and a handout mentality, KYP teaches its children that they deserve that which they create. Together we can empower the youth, foster the cycle of giving back, and help lift Kliptown out of poverty.'