Hoops 4 Hope has provided more than 10,000 school-age boys and girls in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa with high quality basketball and soccer programs for free, keeping them off the streets and providing tools to challenge HIV, gender equality, drugs and poverty. Why sports? Access to the enjoyment, self-esteem and other benefits of sports, should not be a dream or privilege. "Hoops 4 Hope has never been about creating great basketball players," explains Mark Crandall, one of the founders of H4H. "Although we are seeing clear results on that side of things, the program has always been about changing people's lives."
Entries in South Africa (5)
Somewhere between City of God and Blue Crush, Otelo Burning is a coming of age story in South Africa set against the backdrop of Nelson Mandela's release from prison. It's an emotional story of kids in the township learning to surf. It's a story of the explosive potential for change at the time of apartheid's end.
Meet Tribute "Birdie" Mboweni, a young South African woman who works as an environmental ambassador. Tribute lives on Dassen Island, an island off the coast of South Africa, where she protects and studies the largest colony of African Penguins. The African Penguins population has declined 95% in the last 200 years, and the species is now classified as "endangered." The Guardian explores Tribute's personal journey as a young conservationist as she shares her beautiful and private world with the cameras.
This short film follows Lindela Mjenxane as he leads a group of children from Cape Town's impoverished townships to the beautiful Table Mountain National Park on a hiking adventure organized by Beyond Expectation Environmental Project (BEEP). Lindela is the founder of BEEP, a local grassroots organization that "utilizes nature to conduct workshops for township school children in a tranquil and relaxed environment."