success in life - for youth, by youth
(Nemato Change a Life was called Nemato Sports Federation till December 2011)
Nemato Change a Life empowers youth in Nelson Mandela Township. We want to
change the mindset, improve the skills and knowledge, and guide all our members individually
in education and career to become successful in life. We are delighted when our members win
in sport, but our programme is only successful when our members win in life!
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We are delighted when our members win in sport, but our programme is only successful
when our members win in life!
The members have five to six training sessions per week. From Sunday till Thursday the programme
includes homework classes. Meals are available for the members seven days per week. We go all the way
from pre-school to study and career support.
Pre-school: get it right from the start
Mindset: wanting to win in life
Homework Class: daily classes for basic literacy and maths, and for homework support
Food Fund: year round daily feeding programme to improve health and growth of body and mind
President's Award: international youth programme with community service, skills, sport and adventurous journey
Career counselling: life orientation and career counselling to find study, job or business opportunities for each member
Hiv/Aids Awareness: athletes group promoting hiv/aids awareness
Computers, Internet, Library: access to computers, internet and books for learning, entertainment and connecting to the world
See the World: offer youth a chance to see the world with trips around the country and when possible abroad
Our sports clubs
Have a look at some of the highlights of our activities.
Our organisation has to work with very limited facilities:
Office: It is a small 'RDP' house that houses our office, computer room, kitchen, workshop
and more. Two people are living in the house. On a rainy day we manage to squeeze up to 40 kids
into the house.
Classroom: Also a small RDP house. There is just enough space for our homework class.
Rowing Club: The club does not have a boathouse. The boats are stored outside. There is a
container for storage of boat parts, as a repair workshop, kitchen and changing room.
Nemato Change a Life is proud to be recognised for its successful empowerment programme:
- Launched on Youth Day June 16 2006 by Minister of Sport & Recreation Rev. Stofile.
- Winner of the 2006 Murray & Roberts Jack Cheetham Award.
- Nominated for the 2008 South African Sports Awards.
- Founder member of Sport for Social Change Network -
Southern Africa (2009).
- Partner in the President's Award (2010).
- Member of Change a Life (2012).
- Represented at United Nations Youth Leadership Camp in Quatar (2013).
- Winning Eastern Cape Sports Award (2014).
- Supported by Change a Life, Computershare, Murray & Roberts, National Lottery, J-Pak, Old Mutual,
Rhodes University and Stenden South Africa.
Visitors / Volunteers
Visitors and volunteers are most welcome!
Visit us or live with us, experience African life and help our youth programme. You are welcome
for any duration from a half an hour visit to spending your gap year with us. Come alone or
bring your group. We show you around, and how about a township hike? And a beach and dunes hike?
You want to train rowing on our beautiful Kowie River? Or do you prefer working with youth? Coaching
sport? Rowing, gymnastics, handball or fencing? You are most welcome! Helping our homework class?
Helping to run, expend and improve our programme and organisation? Please feel welcome. No
qualifications needed, just some positive energy. We can organise you accommodation in the township.
You'll be in caring hands of one of our parents, not more than a few houses away from our office.
Whatever you choose, the African experience comes for free!
We can't run our youth empowerment programme without you. We need your help!
Nemato Change a Life
- Registered Nonprofit Organisation: 075-396-NPO
- Registered Public Benefit Organisation: 930033563