I was introduced to Mapanya Sogoni through Frida Vesterberg from Project Playground. I did a bit of research and listned to his TED talk and was immediately inspired by this dynamic man. He is Operations Manager of CTO. I met with him and Co-Founder Sofia Johansson to offer my services and very excitedly she asked me if I will create a little clip to explain the mission and Vision of CTO.
"Through wisdom we shall grow"
By Vivian - CTO
CTO is a capacity building organisation for social entrepreneurs and their initiatives for children and youth. Their Vision is to see initiatives, for children and youth, grow into sustainable organisations with good governance and financial transparency.
Their mission is to recognise and invest in trustworthy, pre-existing initiatives in disadvantaged communities, thus establishing true change for the people involved through Sustainability, Maintainability and Independency.
"It all started in March 2014 when Sofia and Jasmina - Swedish students of the University of Karlstad working on their master thesis in working life science and visiting Cape Town for a few weeks - by chance ended up in Khayelitsha, a township with approximately two million people in the outskirts of Cape Town. Luckily they met Vivian who invited them to her home and told them about Xola Educare she had set up there and the challenges she was facing. Inspired by Vivian's dedication and seeing an opportunity to contribute to an existing local initiative, CTO was born."
CTO recognize individuals who show an entrepreneurial side, a clear vision of an initiative, got a drive, passion, pride, heart. These are the characteristics of a change agent for which we provide the platform, support and tools to become sustainable and independent.