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Constance Benesh

Constance Lulama Benesh, 33, is the founder and executive director of the Ikusasalethu Youth Development Project, which is dedicated to the promotion of academic dreams of financially disadvantaged South Africans.

Constance was born and brought up in a small village of Moroka in Mount Fletcher, Eastern Cape. She started to help some learners with the potential to further their studies after school. She did this in her personal capacity for about three years, until the demand for assistance exceeded her financial abilities. This led to the formation of the Ikusasalethu Youth Development Project in 2016.

The programme is aimed at “ensuring and restoring hope to the academically hopeless South African youth who have high aspirations for the future but are limited, not by their own making, but by economic prevalence within their families”. The IYDP engages learners from the most remote areas, and currently supports about 480 children, offering transport, food and accommodation.

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Nominated in category: Compassion

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