Individual South Africa

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Individual South Africa

South Africa
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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Lane Benjamin has started a volunteer-led program to counsel victims of trauma and to reduce violence in the urban townships of South Africa, where youth violence is an epidemic.

About Project

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Lane's program, Community Action Towards a Safer Environment, or CASE, trains township residents to deal with various aspects of violence and the trauma it causes, especially among young people.  Complementing this volunteer corps are professional counselors. Together, they work in township schools, through a structured program that places counselors in residence. This is the first program that puts keeps a counselor on hand at all times, rather than making one available for particular incidents or occasional visits. Lane's program then extends beyond counseling to introduce training and development programs for young people, which also have the goal of dealing with violence, but in a proactive way. Her low-cost system, run in partnership with schools and aided by professionals, has the potential to cover a large number of South African townships.