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About Us

Soweto Youth Initiative is a registered community-based organization. It was started in 1999 by Julius Odero as a scout movement club by the name of "Soweto Club". It later changed to the name we know today as the organization grew beyond the scout movement. Its main aim is to nurture and empower the community, the youth, as well as disabled people so that they all can become responsible citizens through social, physical and spiritual development.

Lea Kabitzsch

"Sponsor a Child" Coordinator & Ambassador

Hi! My name is Lea Sophie Kabitzsch, I am 24 years old, grew up in Germany and successfully completed my dual business studies in Marketing and Management in 2019. Since then I’ve been traveling the world and working as a volunteer in various organizations related to childcare and the advancement of women. I stayed in the Soweto Youth Initiative for one and a half months and were able to get a closer look at many of their amazing projects. I’ve found my passion for the school-sponsorship-program (hiperligação) and it became my heart project. I took permanent responsibility for this project and was able to find sponsors for over 30 kids so far. Seeing the kids happy and giving them a future is one of the greatest things I’ve ever experienced in my life. My goal is to change this passion into a career and take kids from everywhere in the world to school and help them to chase their dreams.


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