Raising Giants Organisation (RGO) is a non-profit entity which was started in 2008, and registered as an NPO in 2010. The organisation mentors young people from environments with social economic challenges to rise above their circumstances and work towards becoming successful leaders of their communities. Each and every child is born with an unlimited dose of potential, unfortunately most children in South Africa, are born in those conditions that are so difficult to break through from, conditions that only say to them that "they can't" or 'they will never". RGO exists for those kids, letting them know "they can" and "they will".
The economic gap in South Africa continues to increase. This leads to kids from environments with social economic challenges at a disadvantage and unable to compete with their peers with regards to exposure and how they experience learning. RGO attemps to close this gap by sharing knowledge and experiences and joining hands with people and organisations who are willing to bring these children to top notch exposure which will assist them to make better decisions in future
Dual Mission. Firstly, to accomplish an economic mission - to produce leaders and self sufficient young people from socially challenged communities. Secondly, to accomplish a social mission - to eradicate the effects of social economic challenges, single-parent households, child-headed households, and substance abuse, by being there for these children and becoming the support structure in their lives
In 2007, the founder asked the principal in Cosmo City Primary School to give her kids she could work with. The Giants and the mentors meet once a month to discuss different topics. A year plan is drawn in advance. The organisation attends to most of the Giants holistic needs. There are 40 Giants, 6 full-time mentors and 4 part-time mentors
RGO has been efficient since 2008. The organisation continues to grow with most of its beneficiaries still part of the organisation. There are graduates from RGO and numerous who are currently completing their post-matric programmes at different institutions. RGO strives to assist with registration fees where there are needs. In the past, RGO was recognised and supported by reputable companies such O Magazine, FNB, Nike SA, Metropolitan Republic, AGSA, TIA and Gauteng City Region Academy.
On average it costs over R 9000 per month to run such organisation. Although we have been in existence for over 9 years, we rely heavily on donations. This limits our growth
The organistion aims to create its own centre which will grow to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and computer training. The organisation will also be able to temporarily house Giants who find themselves homeless due to challenges which we have seen in the past. The existence of such a centre will increase employment and increase RGO's effectiveness in Cosmo City community. This will cost the organisation almost R 5 million and almost R 1.2 million annually onwards.
My name is Moremadi Lesedi Mogale and I joined RGO in 2010 .By then I was a little girl and very fragile ,it felt like I was outsider when I first joined but I managed to pull along .Anger was my middle name not to mention my arrogance ,I was very unforgiving and I tend to hold grudges simply because of the life I led but it all changed because when I was at raising giants on most weekends I got to realize the kind of life which one should live ,which is a life of love and forgiveness.
To me raising giants is more like a kraal with a flock of sheep with shepherds that always lead the sheep to greener pastures, in to graze the juicer grass (knowledge) in order to be strong and have all nutrients required for growth and development (success).. The giants are the sheep, mentors are the shepherds. Our mentors go all out, try with all their might the best knowledge (the juicer grass).
I don't remember the exact year nor age when I joined Raising Giants Organization but I know every second spent on RGO was worth it. RGO doesn't only assist on our academic performances but also on the building of an image in which the society sees you; the way you look when in the sight of people, how you walk and talk, how you portray yourself.
I joined raising giants in 2009. When I attended my first meeting I thought it was just another organization that's going to come and go and just a waste of time. After one year of attending raising giants a lot changed and I am glad that RGO found me at a young age. RGO has raised me in a culture of respect, confidence, ambition and perseverance. RGO has taught me to try find a positive side of every situation I go through, that is why when I failed grade 10 I never thought it was the end of the world or blame anyone I took it as a wakeup call because the low marks I was passing with throughout primary school were not going to take me anywhere after matric.
Topics and Dates for upcoming 2019 Meetings
Sexuality: Dangers / Orientation / Safety and Security.
Age Specific Challenges.
Mental health and Spirituality.
Preparation for year end.
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