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ABOUT US
Since 2007

Unlocking potential through learning

why we do what we do

55% of people in South Africa live below the poverty line. Unemployment is rife and half of all South African pupils who have attended school for five years can’t do basic calculations or read for meaning. The reality in South Africa is that very few people from disadvantaged communities overcome the barriers of poverty and oppression to reach their full potential. We believe that South Africa is bursting with potential and we feel called to help unlock this potential in our community by offering support and learning opportunities. 

Read our Annual Report for 2019

What Drives Us

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to inspire individuals and the community around them to engage in educational activities that unlock their potential.

WE ARE DEEPLY EMBEDDED IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND HAVE INCORPORATED YEARS OF LEARNINGS INTO OUR STRATEGY. SOME OF THESE ARE:

WE SEE OURSELVES AS A PARTNER NOT A SUPPLIER.
As an organisation we could never offer perfect solutions. We strongly believe that in order to create a long-term impact that sees people reach their full potential we need to partner and not supply. This means we work alongside community members and whilst we give access to resources, our initiatives are designed to encourage the locals to take control of their own lives by inspiring learning that empowers them to overcome their own personal challenges.
WE TRY OUR BEST TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS IN CONTEXT.
We understand that no individual exists in isolation so we do our best to work with individuals as well as with the systems around the individual. This means that many of our projects are interconnected and where possible linked to the family unit.
WE BUILD BRIDGES.
The challenges faced by people living in poverty are incredibly complex and we would never be able to address these complexities alone. Therefore, we try our best to build bridges and partner with other organisations, government, churches, companies and experts to bring innovative solutions that will result in sustainable impact.

OUR DIRECTORS

Elbie has been involved with Boost from 2007 when she assisted with the founding documents of Boost Africa and volunteered in different programmes throughout the years. She is a qualified lawyer who practised for 10 years before she decided to take on the role of Director at Boost Africa in 2017. She has a passion for social justice and is extremely grateful that she has the opportunity to work for Boost Africa helping to realise every child’s right to a quality education.
Christine founded myDunoon in 2015 and served as the Director of myDunoon up to the merger with Boost Africa in 2019. She is currently enrolled in the MPHIL Inclusive Innovation programme at the University of Cape Town, which speaks for her passion to see social change in South Africa. Christine has not only worked in Dunoon since 2015 but has lived in the community for just under 2 years, building networks and gaining on the ground understanding.