Tsepo Sejosengeo is a 26-year-old South African who has committed to serving his community during a challenging time. Tsepo head’s up an organization called Ukwazana Lwethu Youth Development that is based in Khayelitsha.
The group has been operating since 2016 with the intention of developing the community. Since then, the role of the organization has become invaluable, especially in the time of COVID-19.
Tsepo shares that the challenges of the community, which include high numbers of crime, drug abuse and teenage pregnancy inspired him to work towards making a difference. The organisation conducts different cultural activities such as drama, poetry, music and dance to help develop the youth and provide training with art performance.
Another big struggle in the community is the high level of unemployment which contributes to poverty. During COVID, when unemployment numbers are growing every day, this leaves a lot of people hungry.
Tsepo channelled his efforts into opening a soup kitchen, which relies on the generosity of donors. This money is granted through Souper Troopers which assists in feeding schemes.
The soup kitchens are a collective effort. Parents of the children that are unable to work, cook and dish in the kitchen. The organisation has also received gas stoves, pots and food. But this is still not enough.
Ukwazana Lwethu has taken on the responsibility of feeding at least 300 children in the community. This large number of hungry mouths, along with the organisation sharing space with the community church and other community groups, can make their job very challenging.
Tsepo shares, “I grew up having a dream of developing my community. I hope I’ll be able to start living my dream.”
Tsepo and the organisation are appealing to others in the South African community to help them with their initiative. They have specifically asked for a laptop so that they can implement their own marketing strategies on social media and market their cause online.
Mzansi Masks has tried to assist by donating masks to the organisation so that their community has an extra layer of protection during this challenging time.
We are also publicising their work to see if others can donate and help Ukwazana Lwethu Youth Development in whatever way you can. If you have a spare laptop that you can gift to this organisation they would be particularly grateful.
For more information on how you can help, you can contact Tsepo at 061 837 5670.
Thank you for hearing this request for support and any help you can offer to Tsepo is sincerely appreciated during this really challenging time.
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