John Hope Bryant is founder & CEO of Operation HOPE Inc, started in South Africa 5 years ago. It has reached 30 500 people through financial literacy education provided to young learners in schools, faith based organisations, youth organisations and NGOs. Its Banking on Our Future programme teaches people how best to manage their money, how to become entrepreneurs and generate their own income. His vision & passion resulted in a global movement towards financial freedom for all.
Refiloe Seseane is the founder of a women-led, non-profit organisation that seeks to empower young women from disadvantaged backgrounds, by developing strategies for their educational and personal development.
David Kuhn von Burgsdorff is one of the founders of People Against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP) and a team member of Letters to Juba, a grassroots project to promote dialogue on development priorities and sharing of innovative ideas from developing countries. David and team members embarked on a trip through 9 different African countries, over 9 000km, in 90 days, documenting inspirational stories to support the establishment of Southern Sudan and it's democratic progress.
With 10 years of international project management experience, Charles Ainslie has devoted much of his time and energy to The Learning Trust. Charles is a driving force within the organisation, and he is dedicated to the improvement of the educational experiences of all South African learners. As the acting Program Director, Charles is committed to strong accountability and governance to ensure the sustainability of operations. http://www.thelearningtrust.org
In 1991, after losing his son to Leukemia, Mervyn Serebro used his own money to establish the South African Bone Marrow Registry to help all people in South Africa. He raised awareness for the bone-marrow registry by giving talks at schools and by urging people to donate. He is Vice-Chairman of the board for Reach for a Dream, which aids children battling life-threatening illnesses. He has raised more than R3 million for the NPO. Serebro was awarded the Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Award.
Fatima Pandy founded The Young Women’s Leadership Academy, which creates opportunities for young women aged 15 - 21 years by developing their leadership potential through training and support. Fatima is dedicated to the empowerment of young women and the creation of a positive society that fosters their rights and progress. She invests time and resources into the Academy, which continues to encourage young women to pursue their goals.
Angela Larkan has dedicated her life to the health and well-being of children orphaned by AIDS. She is the founder of Thanda After-School in KwaZulu-Natal, which supports orphans and vulnerable children through the provision of after-school care that aims to fill the developmental and emotional gaps left by missing parents and overwhelmed caregivers. They engage more than 300 youth in extramural activities. The organisation also employs young role models from the community as mentors.
James Fernie runs a social enterprise Uthando, which means love in the Nguni languages. Uthando provides the opportunity for individuals to take tours of townships in Cape Town, while giving them the chance to learn and participate in community projects. Through spreading this love, James allows individuals to connect and learn from each another. James’s energy and passion for his work is also terribly infectious! http://www.uthandosa.org
Frederick Bohasu quit his job to start the youth development movement Bunang Baswa in 2006. He and his team inspire and inform students to build strong youth leaders. Bunang Baswa serves 15 schools and over 3 000 pupils through personal development and leadership workshops. They also run a mentoring programme for 20 Grade 11 learners from disadvantaged communities that includes a three-day tour to leading SA universities. http://bunang.wozaonline.co.za/home
Sadie and Julian Cutland decided to reach out to other parents who were going through the same ordeal they did when their young daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 1979. They started Childhood Cancer Foundation S.A. (CHOC) in support of the wellbeing of children suffering from cancer. CHOC offers accommodation, transport and psycho-social support programmes. Read more about CHOC and its programmes on their website: http://www.choc.org.za/
Tina Botha started the Sunflower Fund after her 17-year-old son died of Leukaemia. Tina's dream was to combat the odds (1:100 000) for patients suffering from leukaemia and other life threatening blood disorders by finding matching donors. The Sunflower Fund has successfully raised funds needed for the South African Bone Marrow Registry, which increased from 800 donors in 1999 to over 64 500 donors.
Pieter Holloway started the Breede Centre, a skills-training centre in the small town of McGregor in the Western Cape. The centre provides practical “know-how” to young people who could not complete high school, or those who have passed their matric and have been unemployed for a long time. A woodwork business complements the training centre, which gives practical training through hands-on experience, with the aim of supplementing this experience with course work.
Adele Grosse, a mother of two, wanted to combine her three passions: event management, personal development and parenting. She started a social enterprise called In Touch Parenting as a parenting resource for her Proud2bME Foundation, which reaches thirty thousand members and families that receive biweekly information about parenting. Adele’s core message is that “Everything starts at home”. In Touch Parenting aims to build strong families for non-violent, safer homes for children.