Metro Kids Africa
Metro Kids Africa is a non-profit organization that seeks to serve children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, “Helping Children Create a Better Future”. Metro Kids Africa is currently working in South Africa and Uganda with the central office being based in Cape Town, South Africa. Thousands of children are served weekly through Sidewalk after-school programmes, child sponsorship, home visits, compassionate care, school programmes, camps and teenage mentorship programmes. Metro Kids Africa is founded on Christian principles and believes that a relationship with Jesus Christ will bring long-lasting life change.
You can become part of Metro Kids Africa. Join our child sponsorship programme, sign up for our newsletter, come as a volunteer or visit a programme if you are on holiday in Cape Town or Uganda. We love to have people share our heart for the children of Africa.
What we do
Our goal is to "Help Children Create a Better Future"
Leadership Development Programme
Leadership Development Programme
Countries we are working in:
- Population: 56.72 million
- Languages: 11 official languages, some of which are English, Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu.
- Life expectancy: men 53, women 54.
- Child mortality under 5: 34 (per 1000 births)
- Inequality: Highest inequality between rich and poor.
- Murder rate: 2018 - 2019 there were 21 022 murders committed. This is an average of 58 murders a day.
- Nyanga, an area of Cape Town, where Metro Kids Africa has several programmes has consistently been the “murder capital “ of South Africa for the last few years.
- Sexual offences: 2018 - 2019, 52 420 recordered sexual offences.
- SA ranks first for the country with the most sexual violence with the horrendous estimation that 1 in 4 girls will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18.
As a comparison, a few figures from UK
- Population: 62.8 million
- Life expectancy: men 78, women 82.
- Child mortality under 5: 4 (per 1000 births)
- Murder rate: 2018 - 2019 there was 701 murders committed. This is under 2 per day.
- Population: 42.6 million
- Languages: English and Swahili.
- Life expectancy: male 60, female 65.
- Child mortality under 5: 46 (per 1000 births)
- Capital: Kampala.
- Average age: 15.9. Uganda has one of the worlds youngest populations. 48% of the population is between the ages 0-14. 21% of the population is between 15-24.
- Refugees: It is the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa.
Become a part of Metro Kids Africa and you can impact a child's life for good.
Visiting our Penpal, Gessica and Martino, Switzerland
“Suddenly we could feel an overwhelming love and joy in the middle of poverty. A glimmer of hope was brought onto the children’s faces.”
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The project's leadership through local staff shows to me a great sustainability. It is a delight and a big encouragement to see how they model God's gospel connected with hope and unconditional love.
I had the honor of being on a mission trip with Metro Kids Africa as we served the wonderful children of South Africa. It was great to see with my own eyes the impact MKA is having in sharing the love of Christ with so many children. The children are growing in their faith, and through them their families are growing and the community is getting stronger.
My wife and I spent 5 months with MKA soon after we got married. It was such a joyfull and formative time. Not only because of the excelent work MKA is doing in the South African township communities, but also because of the lovely leaders and the team we could work with.
My name is Naemi and I live in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland. In my teens I have already been drawn to Africa to support underprivileged children. In 2014 I had the chance to visit Metro Kids in South Africa and received insight in their different projects. I am impressed by the commitment of the whole team as well as their warm and open hearts for the poorest in the Townships. It is a delight and a big encouragement to see how they model God's gospel connected with hope and unconditional love. The project's leadership through local staff shows to me a great sustainability. Since many years I have supported a child financially and through constant correspondence by letters. Again and again I experience great thankfullness for this goddaughter. She shows me that this friendship has a positive impact in her life. My help through Metro Kids Africa has an impact.
My voluntary job as Swiss representative of Metro Kids Africa gives me satisfaction and it is an honor to be part of Metro Kids Africa.
At church we heard about the project Metro Kids Africa and for us it was obvious to become a penpal. Our penpal, Yonela, is grown in our heart very soon an we swap messages together. It’s very uncomplicated and when Yonela has her birthday or also for Christmas we transfer extra money and Metro Kids Africa organises a gift for her. It’s also possible to order food packages for the family. Periodically we receive messages and pictures from her. So it’s easy to get some imagination about her. Then we planned a holiday trip to Sout Africa and for us it was obvious that we want to visit Metro Kids Africa and Yonela. James and Janet has welcomed us so lovely and has introduced us in their work. We visited the township and we give over the gifts from the penpal to the kids. It was amazing to see the bright faces of the kids. Everytime when we arrived in the township and the kids saw the jeep from Metro Kids Africa they run to us because they recognized James and Janet. Suddenly we could feel an overwhelming love and joy in the middle of poverty. A glimmer of hope was brought on to the childrens faces. An absolutely highlight for us was to see our penpal Yonela and to get her in our arms. It’s impressive to see with how slightly the peoples have to live.
We were filled with emotions for the children, especially for Yonela. Suddenly we were confronted with the reality and we felt some pain for her. We want that she is fine, that she is protected, that she doesn’t have to suffer… Good is to know that Jesus is in middle of all the children and also with Yonela.
Our proclamation over her is Psalm 91.11: For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. So for us we can let go the pain and the fear, because we know that God is with the children. We were touched how James and Janet encounter the children and how much love flows. The embracing and the knowledge that someone is there for the kids, gives Hope. Hope of something superior, hope of love. We are certain, that the worthiness the children learn at Metro Kids Africa, has an impact of their lives and also for the next generation. We love Metro Kids Africa, we love James and Janet, we love Yonela and all the kids and we pray for inside plenty of love, happiness and freedom.