Full name: Vision AfriKa
Registration: Non-profit organization (N.P.O. 035-766) and Public Benefit organisation (PBO 930 023 873)
Target group: Youth (boys & girls) in Grade 9, 10, 11 and 12 (age 16-20 years)
Geographical location: Kayamandi and Vlottenburg, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
How it all started…
Vision AfriKa (then called Vision K) was established in 2004 by Deane Hill, Ben and Unathi Loos as a way of supporting the youth of Kayamandi to dream big and achieve their potential.
Kayamandi is a township outside of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Vision K hoped to support youth to rise above the effects of prevalent socio-economic problems such as poverty, substance abuse, lack of role models, and poor education through motivation and personal development. In this way, the youth take ownership of their dreams and believe that they can overcome poverty and work towards a successful future.
The programme has grown over the years to a 5-year academic programme (with additional post-matriculation years of support) operating in both Kayamandi and Vlottenburg. The organisation launched its new name in March 2011 - changing from Vision K to Vision AfriKa to allow room for possible expansion to other areas.