Inkululeko, which means freedom in isXhosa, is the name of an up and coming Non-Profit Organization that aims to provide academic and moral support to township youth in Grahamstown. The mission statement for Inkululeko is as follows:
To provide South African township youth with the skills, support and guidance necessary to apply, attend and succeed in university; to challenge the bigotry of low expectations for township youth; and to provide sustainable, positive change – student-by-student, generation-by-generation.
For the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of helping my friend Matt Kellen, a former Young Adult Service Corps Volunteer and one of the Directors of Inkululeko, get the project off the ground and running. Inkululeko is doing some wonderful work, and it's been such a great experience to be involved. When you get a chance, please check out the website: http://www.inkululeko.org.
Below are some pictures of the youth who have been involved so far.
|Some of the youth showing off the new Inkululeko backpacks|
|Looking sharp in the school uniforms!|