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Dedicated to the liberation of people and communities from poverty and injustice

South Africa

The Edmund Rice Mission began in South Africa in 1897 and is currently involved in schools and projects aimed at street children and at-risk youth. South Africa faces major problems, but having held four successful national elections in recent years, a democratic culture appears to be taking hold, hopefully allowing the situation to improve and giving the people hope for the future.

Population: 50 million
Life Expectancy: 49 years
Infant Mortality Rate: 42 per 1000
Public expenditure on health: 8.9% of GDP
HIV/AIDS: 5.6 million or 17.8% of population
Public Expenditure on Education: 6% of GDP
% of children primary school age not in school: 10%
Unemployment of youth 15-24 years: 49.8%


Edmund Rice Camps volunteer Leaders on a Leaders Training Workshop

Edmund Rice Camps

Country: South Africa  Focus Area(s): Community Engagement
Edmund Rice Camps (ERC) run recreational camping programs for disadvantaged youth and their families across South Africa. The camps focus on providing an opportunity for growth, support and enjoyment within an atmosphere of acceptance, care and...
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Edmund Rice Justice Desk

Country: South Africa  Focus Area(s): Advocacy and Human Rights
Operating in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, The Justice Desk was established in 2013 to respond to the concerns facing youth in the South Central African region. The Justice Desk is an award-winning human rights...
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Mount Edmund School taking part in an Edmund Rice Justice Desk educational campaign to equip learners with the tools to stand up to injustice

Thutong ya Bana

Country: South Africa  Focus Area(s): Education
Thutong ya Bana (meaning: young people’s place of learning) provides basic schooling to children living on streets and in the informal settlements around Kimberley. Those fortunate enough to be with their families in the informal settlements...
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Edmund Rice Development is a registered company limited by guarantee. Registered in Ireland, Registered Charity Number: 20071004, Company Number: 463400, Revenue Charitable Tax Exemption Number: CHY18492, Registered Address: 23 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, D02 AR55.

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