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SOS Africa Celebrates 15 Years of Empowerment Through Education

16 Jan 2018

From nervous first days at primary school to proud high school graduation ceremonies, all made possible by loyal sponsors and unforgettable fundraising events; relive 15 memorable moments from the SOS Africa Charity’s 15 year history...

SOS Africa Charity Celebrates 15 Years of Empowerment through Education

January 2003: SOS Africa founders Matt Crowcombe and Henry Matthews walk a very nervous Mavis Madie to her first day at Mafikeng Preparatory School with many other children following closely in her footsteps...

SOS Africa's oldest child, Mavis Madie, started the SOS Africa Education Programme in January 2003

January 2008: With the support of growing numbers of university societies and fundraisers, more children are sponsored to join our Mafikeng Education Programme...

SOS Africa Charity's Mafikeng Education Programme, founded in January 2003

June 2010: SOS Africa partners with Hyundai UK to facilitate a nationwide World Cup Football Charity Project distributing football kits and equipment to children across South Africa...

SOS Africa/Hyundai 2010 Football World Cup Project

January 2011: SOS Africa's oldest child Mavis attends her first day at Mafikeng High School...

SOS Africa Charity's first child Mavis Madie, attends High School

Meanwhile the SOS Africa Education Project in Mafikeng grows to support 15 children from Grades 1 to 8 providing them with a holistic education and after-school care programme...

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October 2011: SOS Africa's 60-strong Cardiff Half Marathon Team smashes our charity's previous fundraising records...

SOS Africa Charity's 2011 Cardiff Half Marathon Team

January 2012: SOS Africa's successful School Bus Appeal enables the charity to purchase its first school bus to ensure that our children arrive safely at school each day...

SOS Africa Charity's Successful School Bus Appeal

January 2008 / 2013: The SOS Africa Staff and Children Celebrate our 5th and 10th Anniversaries in style...

Celebrating SOS Africa Charity Landmarks

April 2013: Glastonbury Festival Founder Michael Eavis opens SOS Africa's Charity Shop and Fundraising Office in Shepton Mallet.

Glastonbury Festival’s Michael Eavis Declares the New SOS Africa Charity Shop Open for Business

January 2014: SOS Africa expands its education programmes to the Western Cape, opening a new Education Centre to support underprivileged children from Grabouw, Western Cape...

SOS Africa Charity launches Grabouw Education Programme

September 2014: SOS Africa hosts its most successful fundraising event to date, a sponsored abseil from Glastonbury Festival's Iconic Pyramid Stage involving over 300 participants...

SOS Africa Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage Abseil

October 2015: SOS Africa takes over the UK's oldest operational prison, HMP Shepton Mallet and hosts "Nominate an Inmate", an unforgettable 24 Hour Charity Lock-In...

SOS Africa's "Nominate an Inmate" 24 Hour Charity Lock-In

January 2017: SOS Africa's first major corporate sponsor funds our 3rd education programme, in Somerset-West. The new facility also provides support for children with learning difficulties...

SOS Africa Charity Opens Somerset West Education Centre

August 2015 / 2017: Our oldest children hit the dance floor with their friends, to celebrate their achievements. It's an emotional time for our staff and children as it will soon be time to say farewell when they complete the SOS Africa Education Programme.

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January 2016 / 2018: Our very first high school graduates received their Matric results. We are delighted to say that all 3 will continue their studies at university level. We are so proud of them for their achievements and for being wonderful role models to the rest of the children...

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The Future... We all feel privileged to have been part of an incredible journey which has impacted upon the lives of so many children. Thanks to the growing support provided by increasing numbers of sponsors and fundraisers across the world, we will continue expanding the scope of our education projects to help children across South Africa and beyond...

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