Schools and CBOs
Our local partners -- school and community based organizations (CBOs) -- know the teens in their communities and what they need to create better lives. The capacity and commitment of these critical partners are top priorities in our decision to start new mentoring labs. We train and support the local staff to run our mentoring labs, creating several part-time jobs at each site and spreading technology literacy and management skills to community residents.
Nkosi’s Haven is a recognized NGO in South Africa that has been in operation since 1999. Located in the south of Johannesburg, Nkosi’s Haven offers holistic care and support for destitute HIV/AIDS infected mothers, her children, and resulting AIDS orphans (infected or not). Nkosi’s Haven is named after Nkosi Johnson, the young AIDS activist who passed away on International Children’s Day on June 1st 2001, who dearly wanted a facility that would care for struggling mothers and their children. He had been separated from his mom because of the HIV diagnosis and he never wanted that to happen to any other child. He also wanted HIV positive people to be cared for without discrimination or prejudice. Nkosi’s Haven was Infinite Family’s very first CBO partner in South Africa. Visit the Nkosi's Haven website here.
The Alexandra Child Care and Support Centre (ACCSC), is a community based organization located at Realogile High School in the Alexandra Township on the northside of Johannesburg. ACCSC provides daily child care so that teens may drop off their younger siblings and attend school, and a mid-day meal to all children who come to the centre after school. The ACCSC manages Infinite Family’s first LaunchPad mentoring lab.
Mehlwana Secondary School, located in Phola, Ogies, brought the benefits of Infinite Family’s Platform, training and support to the teens, pre-teens and young adults it serves in 2015. The principal and the members of the school management structures are visionary leaders who believe in the development of learners both inside and outside the classroom. The school believes that, through the mentoring program, the children can learn to become resilient, responsible and resourceful as they strive to create a better future for themselves.
Tau Rapulana High School (TRHS), located in rural Bodibe Village in the North West province, educates students in grades 10 through 12. More than 700 students are enrolled at TRHS, whose administrators view Infinite Family’s mentoring program as key to reinforcing the importance of education and academic success, and to expanding student knowledge across a range of life skills.