AMANDLA’s Safe-Hubs for child protection
AMANDLA is a South African non-profit organization that aims to create safe spaces by using football to engage youth in holistic development through daily, after-school activities. Its ‘Safe-Hubs’ provide structured play, sport activities and training in life skills and employability. Sport serves as the foundation for building relationships among vulnerable children, youth and adults. Coaches are trained in first aid, child protection, and as child and youth care workers. Social workers are present on site for counselling and providing reliable referral pathways. Young people are central in all decision-making. AMANDLA prioritizes monitoring and evaluation. Data collected through multiple strategies are constantly evaluated and reported, and critical reflection allows for learning and improvement. Evidence shows a reduction in contact crime in the area surrounding the Safe-Hubs, with large numbers of participants showing more resilience to peer pressure, setting goals and demonstrating motivation to achieving these. Through its Social Franchise System, AMANDLA aims to implement 100 Safe-Hubs across South Africa as well as to roll out Safe-Hubs beyond Africa by 2030.