Gretchen L. Wilson Prangley
Co-Founder at Play Africa
Thokoza Mjo is an inspiring, driven individual who is passionate about making a significant difference in the lives of children in underserved communities.
I met Thokoza several years ago when she was working with teens in Thembisa, a disadvantaged neighbourhood outside of Johannesburg. The kids she was working with knew they had potential, and were sick and tired of the impact of drugs, underemployment and severe poverty were having on their community.
Thokoza inspired them to think of problem-solving initiatives to address this very real issue -- and helped them develop their own youth newspaper for the area. The teens were able to report on the issues that concerned them, and offer suggestions on how these issues could be better addressed by leaders and citizens.
Since then, she has gone on to launch Beyond the Lemonade Stand. I'm standing behind her as a follower and supporter, and hope you will, too.