Where we started
Our humble beginnings are when we started to learn
Southern Africa Youth Project started in the township of Diepsloot. This is where we started by our founder Neftaly Malatjie. Neftaly realised that there is a need to develop a community based non-profit institution that will change the way the youth thinks about themselves and their families.
Our First Member
When we started our membership to institutions. The Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project and Diepsloot Youth Project became our first members. These organisations have over 20 000 members who affiliate under them. Southern Africa Youth Project as a development partner develops, researches and creates innovative platforms in which enables community organisations to thrive in their community initiatives.
South Africa to Southern Africa
The organisation shifted from being a community-based organisation to an international organisation that works with over 20 organisations internationally. The organisation developed platforms such a policy development, legislative, program development, database management, development and review, template creation and training of trainers on behalf of our client partners.
Collaboration is the key
We can never recognise the fact we need to collaborate in the development space. Partnership and setting key differences aside is very important. In this case, the Southern Africa Youth Project brings all partners on board to learn, innovate and share ideas together.
When we started
It seemed impossible when we started to change the lives of those in need. However, working with the communities to structure their needs properly. Since we adopted the approach to work with communities. The organisation has seen a rapid change in working with communities.