It all started with Lea’s trip through Africa in 2020, where she helped out in the Soweto slum at the Soweto Youth Initiative (now an important partner organization). Her volunteer work was teaching English and math to children who were unable to attend school due to lack of money. During this time, she began collecting donations to provide hot meals for these children. This planted the seed for our work.
Lea’s next thought was that not only a few children should go to school, but all. She sponsored the first child out of her own pocket and began to inspire friends and family in Germany to sponsor kids. Thus, our first core projects came into being in 2020: School Sponsorships and the Food Program. For legal reasons, both projects temporarily became part of the Soweto Youth Initiative, with Lea organizing and managing them.