Youth Potential South Africa – YOUPSA partners with disadvantaged rural schools and farms in the Gamtoos Valley area, approx. 1 hour northwest of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province. Our work impacts about 900 at-risk students and their communities, school principals, teachers and School Boards.

The Gamtoos Valley is one of the largest citrus and vegetable producing areas in the country. All of the children YOUPSA works with are from the farm labourers’ families.

The educational opportunities for these rural children are very poor. There are no youth centers, recreational facilities, activities, events, playgrounds, or other opportunities for personal development. One child said to us: “There need to be more books. There are already so many citrus orchards here but no books for reading.”