Seed of Hope is Vision Africa’s training programme which provides disadvantaged young people with dignity, opportunity and hope through skills for (self) employment.
Seed of Hope works with destitute young people who have been exposed to high-risk situations including child marriage, child prostitution, familial abuse and extreme poverty. 72% of Seed of Hope’s student population are girls, the majority of whom have not had the opportunity to attend secondary school. Students access training in life skills, business skills and vocational skills such as
- dressmaking and fashion design
- motor vehicle mechanics
- hair and beauty therapy
- basic computer packages
- home care management
Students receive training and counselling free of charge on the basis of the difficult circumstances from which they come. After the completion of training Seed of Hope facilitates the launch of small businesses for graduates.
Since 2002 Seed of Hope has witnessed more than 1,500 young people graduate from the programme:
“I am a young girl with my own business so people respect me. I provide for my family and take care of my parents’ needs.” (Sylvia, 2012 graduate)
In September 2016 we surveyed 209 graduates and found:
- 69% had been idle at home before joining Seed of Hope and 20% engaged in casual labour
- 86% are currently employed or self-employed, 5% in further education or training
- 59% have no struggle to provide for themselves and their dependants
- 89% contribute to their family’s needs every month
- 50% are currently mentoring others in their community (of which 34% are mentoring 10 or more individuals)
- 21% are currently training others
- 5% are employing 1 or 2 people in their business
This demonstrates that as a result of Seed of Hope, graduates are not just improving their own quality of life but also the quality of life for their families and communities.