For many young women in the townships of South Africa, the daily challenges can be overwhelming. Nearly 2.5 million children are orphaned to AIDS, leaving many girls to bear the responsibility of supporting a child-headed household.
Girls are at high risk of teenage pregnancy, sexual assault and HIV infection. Many are forced to drop out of high school, limiting their opportunities and future prospects. Gender inequality is rife, and the documented rate of sexual violence is amongst the highest in the world. South African police report that a woman is raped every 36 seconds, and it is estimated that only 1 in 4 rapes will be reported.
With these kind of statistics it is easy for young girls to lose hope, feeling powerless and fearful about what the future may hold. Education and support is needed to change this narrative for future generations of women.
SEED strives to create a community for young women to explore their options in a safe, supportive environment where they can reach their full potential. By focusing on possibilities, SEED assists these promising and capable young women to discover their value in the world; and expand their options by making positive choices today and into the future.
At SEED, we strive to Support disadvantaged girls to find their power. We Educate students through our entrepreneur and arts programs. We Empower through self discovery so students know their options and value in the world. We offer young girls the opportunity to Dream big and move forward into their future in a positive way.
Our vision is to empower our students and inspire them to come together as a community and support one another. Through education and innovation, breaking the cycle of poverty, teenage pregnancy and HIV infection is within their reach and in their hands. We want to see a future where the next generation become self sufficient financially, emotionally and physically, giving them the tools to take control of their lives and creating a thriving group of strong, independent young women where nothing can hold them back.
SEED is an multi -faceted educational program dedicated to bringing social awareness, self empowerment and life skills to high risk teenage girls in South Africa.
Almost 2000 new HIV infections occur amongst young women and adolescent girls aged between 15-24 in South Africa each week – a rate two and a half times that of males among the same age. Nearly 2.5 million children are orphaned to AIDS, leaving many girls to bear the responsibility of supporting a child-headed household, forcing them to drop out of school and limiting their opportunities and future prospects.
Providing a week long integrative experience in a camp setting, SEED aims to combat these statistics though a bespoke series of activities designed to build self-confidence and communication skills, encouraging all students to:
- Get creative
- Forge new friendships and support one another
- Learn to be leaders in their community
- Embrace opportunity and new endeavors
- Explore their talents and gifts to share with the world.
- Be proactive in creating their future