Girls in vulnerable communities bear the brunt of South Africa’s plethora of socio-economic ills such as poverty, which prevents them from accessing quality education and steaming ahead towards a bright future.
Two Cape Town friends, Khayelitsha entrepreneur Mandisi Peter and writer Miriam Mannak, have had enough. Between 28 September and 5 October they are climbing Africa’s two highest mountains – Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya – to raise funds to give girls from Khayelitsha access to safe, quality, and affordable education at Molo Mhlaba (“Hello World”).
The township’s first private bi-lingual girls’ Innovation/Science/Tech/Engineering/ Arts/Maths (iSTEAM) school opened its doors last year.
To date, the duo has raised R28,000 of their initial R50,000 target via their BackaBuddy crowdfunding campaign. Donations have come from all corners of the world, including the US, New Zealand, The Netherlands, and the UK.