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Thato Moatlhodi

Thato Moatlhodi, 34, runs a football programme in Soweto, Johannesburg, to help fight drug abuse in local communities.

The Great Poroza Football Academy, founded in 2013, runs the Vutha Football Project which aims to attract young drug addicts and give them access to rehabilitation centres.

The project aims to empower young people who have fallen into addiction, and are typically treated as outcasts within communities, by reintegrating them into communities through skills development and employment opportunities.

Thato started the project after he identified a need for rehabilitation and reintegration within his own family, and the programme has since grown to involve tens of former addicts.

Find out more about the Vutha Football Project here.

Nominated in category: Compassion

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