Diepsloot non-profit organisation bags R300 000 at the MTN Awards for Social Change

    SayPro programme beneficiaries dress up for a practical course in waitering. Photo: Supplied

    DIEPSLOOT– Legodi added that the organisation was planning to further use money on improving its monitoring and evaluation systems and upgrade its online programmes.

    Diepsloot based non-profit organisation, Southern Africa Youth Project (SayPro) was awarded R300 000 in this year’s MTN Award for Social Change.

    The organisation won in the excellent monitoring and evaluation category at the award ceremony which was held virtually on 13 and 14 October. Since its formation in 2005, the organisation has been at the forefront of youth development and provision of skills, helping young people from different disadvantaged communities reach their dreams.

    ayPro general manager Clifford Legodi said the R300 000 cash prize that his organisation won would go a long way following the Covid-19 pandemic that had a negative impact on their finances.

    “The award means a lot to us, especially after surviving the challenges of operating remotely during the Covid-19 lockdown. This has had a significant impact on our reach,” he said.

    “Winning the award comes at the right time as we are also celebrating the official launch of our online programmes. SayPro can now cater to beneficiaries who have access to smartphones.”

    Legodi added that the organisation was planning to further use the money on improving its monitoring and evaluation systems and upgrading its online programmes. “SayPro also has a division that provides support and capacity to other non-profit organisations and this award will enable us to reach people that are within the development space and in need of support and resources to help improve their work.

    “We will also improve our online communications systems to ensure that we reach out to desperate and underprivileged young people.

    “Furthermore, we plan to implement programmes to improve access to primary healthcare services, ICT-based work and life readiness skills, including technical and vocational skills for decent employment among disadvantaged and vulnerable young people aged 15 to 35 years old.”

    SayPro beneficiaries attend computer training during Level 3 of lockdown. Photo: Supplied
    Entrepreneurship learners conduct an initiative to clean up the streets of Diepsloot as part of their competency project. Photo: Supplied

    Source: https://fourwaysreview.co.za/362082/saypro-wins-major-award/