SOUTH AFRICA

Mission start 1999
Impacted population 3,500

Building the resilience of tomorrow’s adults

Context

South Africa remains a dual economy with one of the highest rates of inequality in the world. These are perpetuated by a legacy of exclusion and the nature of economic growth, which is not pro-poor and does not generate a enough employment. In 2015, the richest 10% of the population held about 71% of net wealth, while the poorest 60% held 7% of net wealth. Unemployment is also a major challenge, standing at over 27% in 2019.  In addition, more than one in two young people are out of work in the country. 

With 7,700,000 people infected in 2018, South Africa is the country with the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. The disease is also responsible for thousands of orphans and vulnerable children. 

The majority of black children – nearly 60% – live in situations of extreme poverty, characterized by malnutrition, crime, violence, and alcohol and drug abuse. In many cases, when a child faces these problems, schooling is interrupted, or school performances tend to deteriorate. As a result, many leave the education system and find themselves exposed to all kinds of abuse.

Although South Africa has recently invested in education, students’ performance levels are lower than in many countries and the quality of education remains low. Many children are struggling in school, do not attend regularly, face teacher absenteeism and recurrent problems of violence in schools.

FXB in action

FXB runs several after-school support and life and interpersonal skills development programmes in slums around Johannesburg and Witbank. These communities are characterized by high rates of unemployment, crime, violence, and HIV infections. Many of the young people in our programmes are orphans.

Our ongoing programs

Our programs aim to limit the consequences of HIV/AIDS and poverty in the lives of the young participants, to ease their moral distress, to enable them to better cope with daily life and to open up more promising prospects for the future.

Our work in South Africa would not be possible without the support and trust of our partners: The Alstom Foundation, the Greendale Foundation, the Madeleine Foundation, the Vajra Foundation, the J&K Wonderland Foundation and a partner wishing to remain anonymous.

Testimonial

Educators know how to motivate us when we are confronted with the difficulties of life. They teach us to take care of ourselves, to love and support each other. This has taught me to appreciate life.

Bafana Mpungose, 13 years old, beneficiary of the FXB program

Mission impact

Nearly 3,000 children and youths have attended FXB programs in South Africa.

The young people are particularly creative and active, having hosted a weekly radio show for several years, and have collected their stories and poems in two collections entitled “Irisdescent Reflections” and “Walk a Mile in My Shoes”, respectively.