Charity profile

Bright Start gives people all over the world the chance to become proactively involved with the transformation of the lives of children from Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg in Hout Bay in the Western Cape.

Families living in these communities face hardships every day: poor service provision, lack of decent housing, gangsterism, drug and alcohol abuse, and very limited access to good schools.

In South Africa, where an estimated 3 million adults are illiterate and another 8 million are functionally illiterate, the importance of increasing access to good education and stimulating a love of books and learning cannot be overestimated.

If we don’t act now, yet another generation of children remains firmly disadvantaged, just like their parents before them and the vision of a new, integrated and equal South Africa slips further into the future.

The aim of the Bright Start Education Support Programme is to bridge the achievement divide one child at a time, to contribute to the transformation of our society.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” Nelson Mandela