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Phendulani's Story

Posted by Martin Keat


Phendulani is a 15 year old boy who lives in the township of Vosloorus in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, to the East of Johannesburg in South Africa. 35% of the population here are under the age of 19, 50% of people didn’t complete secondary education, 38% of people live on less than £2 a day and 17% of people have no income at all.

Phendulani lost his mother when he was small. He was sent to live with his father, but found himself with his uncle and then alone. At the age of 10 he was living by himself in a car on the street. Eventually he found help from Leth’ithemba Safe Park . They helped him to access social services, find a foster family and get the support he needed to turn his life around and start to make the most of his incredible potential. In this short film he shares his story and his vision of the future of South Africa - a future which is his. 

25 years after the end of Apartheid it is clear that so much work remains to be done and that this depends upon protecting, supporting and empowering children and young people in South Africa. Phendulani's Story helps to explain why the work of the Bishop Simeon Trust is so important. By helping local community organisations to establish independent, sustainable and effective support and protection services we can help to deal with both the worst of the problems children face, but alongside our youth leadership programme we can also help them to address the root causes of them. 

Please click on the photograph above and watch Phendulani's Story. Then join us. We are not a large charity, we depend upon our donors to help more than 2,000 children each day. Your monthly gift will help us to continue to help Phendulani and thousands of other children like him, putting in place services that can help build a South Africa where children are protected and supported so that they can be the future leaders the nation needs. 

Click here to make your pledge. 

Huge thanks to our partners at  the Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures at the University of Leeds and our partners Themba Interactive

Together we are transforming communities and changing lives. 




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A big part of our work here at the Bishop Simeon trust is committed to assuring that children and young adults in South Africa are able to challenge and conquer those obstacles in their lives that prevent them from accessing education and assuring that they can  make the most of the potential they possess to thrive and build a positive future.