The ripple effect of education on employment in South Africa can be seen in the vast inequality within our country, it’s a barrier that halts progress to a better future.
“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
– Kofii Annan
The Power of Education
We at Masicorp believe that the surest route out of poverty is through education. When someone is enlightened, they are empowered, and gain the power to conquer a multiplicity of obstacles. Obstacles which may be holding them back and defining their everyday lives and living circumstances.
For 21 years, we have strived to bring about a chain reaction of education and empowerment in Masiphumelele – to bring hope to people which have been held back for too long and giving them the opportunity to thrive. By focusing on quality education and skills development in this struggling community – future doors are opened to employment opportunities and a stable income – giving people a way to support themselves and their families.
Info and Stats about Masi
According to Living Hope “approximately 23-28% of the population is HIV positive, and many residents are affected by TB as well. As a result, there are many orphaned children, and many must support families on their own as single parents. The unemployment rate is estimated at 70-80%, and crime rates are extremely high”, making it extremely challenging for people from this community to break the cycle of poverty.
Masicorp understand the effect of education on employment, therefore, we employ people from the community, and uplift our staff with educational support that allows people to learn new skills and reach for their dreams. A wonderful example of our efforts to upskill our staff and have them reach their full potential is the story of Zoleka. She was a domestic worker with a dream to become a teacher. Masicorp supported her and helped her by enrolling her into courses that have helped her become a qualified ECD teacher at Chasmay educare.
“Masicorp helps a lot – if I didn’t meet Masicorp, I wouldn’t have been able to realise my dreams. I was a domestic worker and now I am a teacher.
– Zoleka Chasmay ECD teacher.
Save and Donate
By watching your spending habits and curbing your desire for that early morning cup of coffee or afternoon chocolate bar, you could easily save R150 or more per month.
What is R150 a month for someone in Masiphumelele? With this small gift, you could help us enrich the community with two hot and nutritious meals for a child at one of our ECD’s for a month. Or it could buy a child attending Ukhanyo Primary School a stationery pack to keep the learning going.
We see parents who are struggling, struggling to make ends meet, but can’t always afford to send their children to school with correct uniform. Masicorp, in partnership with the Sewing Café Cape Town attempts to ease this burden by subsidising the cost of school tracksuits and tunics for Ukhanyo learners. Your R150 will buy a child at Ukhanyo this uniform.
Help people help themselves with a gift towards the work we do. Our values and mission are aligned with the community in every step we take – by helping us achieve our dream you will be a part of something much bigger.
Our new automatic recurring monthly donation allows anyone to support our work effortlessly. By signing up and becoming a Friend of Masicorp you make a direct impact on the world around you and giving someone hope for tomorrow.
PS: Masicorp in collaboration with different.org has stared a crowd-fundraiser for our Stay and Play project, which helps female informal creche owners with educational resources and support so they may care for children from the community. By sharing this initiative to Facebook or Twitter from this link: https://different.org/projects/masicorp/stay-play-helping-children-play-1396157259/ you instantly raise R5, which costs you nothing but affords children with quality education and a stepping-stone towards a brighter future.