Friends of Alexandra
Friends of Alexandra was established as an NGO in 2007 with the aim to assist the people of Alexandra township, one of the most impoverished areas around Johannesburg. Alexandra has a population of 600,000 people. Unemployment is as high as 70% with 30% of residents living in homes without electricity, running water or sewerage. Lifespan because of HIV/AIDS is 42 years on average. The focus of Friends of Alexandra is on education and early childhood development, but because there are so few organizations that provide assistance they are frequently involved in other areas such as Xenophobia relief; fire relief; flooding in shacks etc. Since opening the first pre school crèche in 2010 more than 400 children have had the benefit of being fed daily and receiving a basic grounding in preparation for going to regular school.