The Oliver Foundation

"Working with local communities to help build a sustainable future for people and the environment"

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Since 2007 the Oliver Foundation has supported United Through Sport who now reach out to more than 18,000 children in 83 schools throughout the Nelson Mandela Bay and beyond each year. Sport activities are run in local communities through mass participation programmes (MPPs) and a school of sporting excellence (SSE), using rugby, netball, cricket, soccer, hockey, tennis, basketball and swimming to empower youth and create communities that are self-sustainable socially, institutionally and economically, through increased life skills abilities and education. Moreover, United Through Sport coordinates the involvement of some 200 international volunteers in its programmes annually.

The Senior School of Excellence (SSE) is a pathway to higher success in sport and education for those children graduating from the Junior School of Excellence (JSE).

Once at high school, United Through Sport South Africa continues to support the children with individual needs such as food, transport and extra tuition as well as school fees and uniform. Here the children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential by gaining access to top level education and sporting development from some of the top schools in the country.

From these schools 97% of children go on to tertiary education compared to just 3% as the township norm.

There are now 40 children now on full scholarships at schools such as Pearson, St Georges Prep and Jeppe Boys High and are receiving full academic and pastoral support in the continuation of their dream to go on to University and improve their own chances of ending the cycle of poverty that they were born into.

These children will all be supported for 5 years throughout high school. The Oliver Foundation Funds are used particularly for this area of development, supporting the children with school fees, books, meals, transport, sports kit and extra academic support to ensure that they make a success of the transition from township primary school to top level high school.

The Oliver Foundation sponsors two young ladies to Pearson High School. You can watch a video of Lindiwe's story.




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