Skills Development for Migrant & Displaced children in South Africa 


The Skills Development for Migrant and Displaced Children in South Africa programme aims to assist migrant children who have migrated to parts of Southern Africa. This initiative seeks to empower migrant children to have an increased ability to actively contribute to decisions affecting access to their rights and social development.


Hand in Hand SA in partnership with Save the children ran the programme where the children were identified in alternative care facilities and communities and trained on entrepreneurial skills including Financial Literacy, Life skills, and employability, through the SIYBs ILO model and the new venture creation accredited program. Migrant 'Girls on the Move' (GOMs) were also assisted with the development of business plans, labour market linkages, and start-up capital grants for livelihood support.


During the course of 2022, a total of 220 migrant children were impacted in two major provinces namely, Limpopo and Gauteng. Hand in Hand provided training material in three modules, Generate Your Business, Employability and Start your business, and assisted in the development of 37 business plans. The 37 GOMs with business plans were also provided with Start-up capital grants for livelihood support. To date, 35 GOM have successfully transitioned and are economically empowered through income-generating activities and a total of 550 beneficiaries have been impacted by this programme.

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