Here’s our story
The Litoro Foundation was founded on the notion that every child deserves an equal opportunity to live out his or her dreams. Our name is at the heart of this philosophy with “Litoro” meaning “dreams” in the African language of Southern Sotho.
South Africa faces an unacceptably significant difference in the quality of education between its rural, public schools and leading private schools. High pupil to teacher ratios, high grade repetition rates and low Matric pass rates are prevalent among many of the poorest schools, with Grade 9 students from the poorest 60% of South African schools being 5 “years” of learning behind their wealthier peers. Such consequences are testament to the impact that an insufficient number of desks, limited learning materials, poor sanitation, and a lack of electricity and internet access inevitably has on the learning capabilities of aspiring pupils.
In order to combat these issues, the Litoro Foundation runs a number of multi-faceted projects with the help of its dedicated sponsors and team of volunteers.
The Litoro Foundation identifies talented and driven children from underprivileged backgrounds whose potential can be fully realised by attending an excellent school that offers opportunities unavailable to them in their current schooling environment. With the assistance of our sponsors, we organise scholarships for these children to attend these schools, while also doing our best to provide transport, stationery, food and other necessities to help them to succeed in their new learning environments.
Mentoring & Tutoring Programme
Complementary to its goals for education, The Litoro Foundation also offers a one-on-one mentorship programme for each of its scholarship pupils to empower and develop them as confident individuals. Should they need any academic tutoring, the Litoro Foundation’s team of committed volunteer tutors will cater for their needs, alongside their usual outreach tutoring programme which is offered to underprivileged pupils outside of the scholarship programme.
The Litoro Foundation also partners with local nonprofits and civic organizations to utilize the Litoro network and support contemporary issues affecting our local communities. Over the years this included blanket drives and our annual Litoro Easter Egg Drive, while recent initiatives have included donations to Fight Back SA, an anti-gender based violence nonprofit, as well as food parcels to support low-income families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.