The Sozo Foundation

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Our Sozo Skills Schools include barista training, construction, baking, beauty, hair, and coding. The Sozo model offers vocational skills schools, life skills, job readiness and job shadowing opportunities. We provide opportunities for skills development, where community members can learn new trades and improve upon existing knowledge. This empowers people with the tools necessary to generate an income and rise above poverty.
Educentre is our After-school programme for 100 learners to receive academic tutoring assistance and a nutritious meal in a safe, supported environment with access to all the resources they may need.
We also run a General Education Diploma (GED) course for learners to achieve their matric.
Facilitating enterprise and entrepreneurship development
Entrepreneurship Incubator: We’re incubating youth-owned micro-businesses to create youth employment. We assist our skills school graduates with starting their own micro-businesses through one-on-one mentorship and coaching. We provide an incubation hub space for internet access, business training and workshops. This increases the chance of success and growth of these businesses by reducing the barriers to youth employment in Vrygrond and the surrounding areas.

The Sozo Foundation is a non-profit organisation, based in the impoverished Cape Flats community of Vrygrond, Cape Town. With a vision to see the community of Vrygrond living with dignity, purpose and hope, Sozo creates opportunities for holistic development through four key areas: Education, Skills, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. We run core projects promoting Education, Skills Development, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Vrygrond. The Sozo mission is to create pathways to youth employment through education, skills development, enterprise and entrepreneurship. Forming deep and lasting relationships with community members is essential for our work to be sustainable for years to come. This is why everything we do in the community is through relationships with individuals and other like-minded organisations and partners.