John Philmon from Youth Solutions Africa has been working in the Philippi Township for over twenty years, and has a strong connection with the community. As Volunteers, Tania, CJ, Matilda and Martyn spoke to John about his dream of building a kindergarten in the township. This happened in August 2014, and just over half a year later, the kindergarten had gained funding via crowd-funding, and the structures were being planned. A shared desire to rebalance what is a drastically unequal balance of living standards, Driving Spirit aims to assist in giving the Philippi Township the chance to work themselves out of an impossible level of poverty, and that starts with a basic level of education.
First up we have John Ysa from Youth Solutions Africa, who works with various community projects, trying to raise awareness and pursue equality for those who have no voice. John knows that to tackle social problems such as poverty and unemployment, that education is vital, and he is the brains behind this project.
Matilda is the project lead and hails from Sweden. She is in charge of the organisation of this project, and has pooled together a team to ensure that it’s a success, and liaises with every member of the team.
And then we have CJ (Carina-Jayne), who is a photographer and takes all of the photos for Southern Ambition Africa and Driving Spirit, and is working hard on our various social media platforms to continue to gather support for our project.
Tania, who is also from Southern Ambition Africa, is a huge part of the team, providing volunteers, and organising every township volunteering day that takes place in the Philippi Township. She runs homework clubs with a view to teach the children that hard work and education is important, giving them an understanding of how to progress and take control of their own lives.
Martyn is from England and has be overseeing our social media strategies for this project, and volunteers with Southern Ambition Africa. He has written various documents to support our project, and is good for anything that needs words.