Activator to use SIS to emancipate isolated economic drivers

“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, which a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” – Nelson Mandela

That is one of Nelson Mandela’s quotes that were frequently recited by young female social entrepreneur, Amanda Dumisa as she outlines her organisations Qunu Youth Development Foundation (QYDF) plan for the 2018 Social Innovation Summit at Cape Town Stadium on 12th to 14th of September.

Qunu Youth Development is a community-based development organisation (CBO) operating in the Qunu Community with a clear intent to advanced development of the Qunu Community and focus on youth empowerment and development.

According to Dumisa through QYDF partnerships they have managed to positively change the lives of dozens of young people around Mtata villages.

“Through one of our partnerships with philanthropist Lindsay Van der Byl , we have already managed to get thousands of current curriculum books which we will be using for the homework club. Together with SAA Airlink we have secured solar lights to assist students who stay in houses that do not have electricity.  One of our collaborations with the Nedbank foundation and Africa Rising success stories is the ever-growing annual career exhibitions during Nelson Mandela Day celebrations in Qunu.’’ said Dumisa

The youth-led organisation aims to use the Social Innovation Summit platform to attract like-minded strategic stakeholders, investors and philanthropists who share the same values with QYDF.

“As a representative of Qunu Youth Development Foundation I am intending to use the Social Innovation Summit platform to lure potential stakeholders that might be interested in not just funding our social enterprise but also mentoring us in implementing a different range of our required youth support interventions like building digital library.’’



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