Empowering young people, from underprivileged backgrounds, with skills and resources to overcome poverty, & realise their highest potential
Dr Musa Manzi Foundation is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), founded by Professor Musa Manzi with the aim of empowering young people from underprivileged backgrounds, with skills and resources to overcome poverty; realise their highest potential and ultimately contribute positively to the socio-economic development of their communities and South Africa at large. This is realised through education and training support, access to material resources and holistic character development.
The establishment of our Foundation in 2020 marks the culmination of several projects, aimed at improving young people’s access to quality education and learning resources. Our projects are designed to make a significant difference to the lives of young people, with the goal of helping them develop innovate ideas using available resources to get better results, in a cost-effective manner for communities they live in.
Professor Musa Manzi believes that he could not have arisen from the poverty-stricken village of Mahekeni, Ndwedwe in KwaZulu-Natal, to becoming the first black PhD Geophysicist and Professor of Geosciences in South Africa without the help of his teachers, community members who identified his potential and offered their financial and emotional support towards his schooling journey. He, therefore, understands the constraints that poverty imposes on young people’s development and quest to attain education in underprivileged settings. Professor Musa Manzi established the Dr Musa Manzi Foundation based on a simple belief that every child deserves a chance to succeed, no matter who they are, where they come from, and how they look like. Most of these projects will start at Prof. Musa Manzi’s rural village in Ndwedwe, a rural northern part of Durban, Kwazulu-Natal – where we are also building the Dr Musa Manzi Education Centre.
The Dr Musa Manzi Foundation collaborates with strategic partners in academic institutions, business, government, and non-profit sectors to provide the platform to change and transform young South Africans from poor rural villages.