The Trevor Noah Foundation recently compiled an impact video to showcase the Faranani Infrastructure Project, a youth-driven project in South Africa that provides young people with construction skills and the tools and confidence needed to thrive in the workforce. Narrated by Trevor Noah, the video outlines the project and features insights from YouthBuild South Africa (YBSA) students and staff.
In response to the shortage of quality education and poor infrastructure within local South African communities, Trevor Noah recently donated R8 million to the Faranani Infrastructure Project on behalf of The Trevor Noah Foundation and in partnership with YBSA.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the 100 young people in this program who are creating so much change. They remind me that no matter where we come from or our situation in life, all of us have the potential to do great things,” Trevor Noah says.
With youth making up a staggering 46.3 percent of South Africa’s 32.5 percent overall unemployment rate, the Faranani Infrastructure project aims to empower young adults to transform their own communities, from repairing roofs to building brand new schools. It is the mission of YBSA to mobilize young adults between the ages of 17 and 29 who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) to improve their lives and communities. YBSA partners with these young people as they pursue their education, prepare for future careers and grow into community leaders, building brighter futures for themselves and their neighborhoods.
“As our young people build schools that will sustain the community for decades to come, they are taking ownership of their neighborhoods and forging paths to personal and professional success,” Oupa Tshabalala, YBSA executive director, says.