We All Need To Connect The Dots

On October 13th, Amandla Development hosted a benefit evening and debut screening of its short documentary; Connecting Dots which was made in partnership with Cape Town based filmmaker Wim Steytler.

In a night where the guests were treated to great wine and food from Madiba Restaurant and money raised through a silent auction, the highlight of the night was the documentary screening.

The film follows the lives of three South African youths and begins by stating the shocking fact that only 5% of the students graduate from school in some communities. The filmmakers attribute this low pass rate is to the emotional stress, abuse and poverty and poor health that some of the children face. The film explores the lives of Jeanette, Letisha and Fareez to highlight the various social and economic challenges that affect the students’ ability to learn and pursue success.

The film also shows how non-profits organizations, educators, the police, church and community leaders, parents and students in South Africa are actively trying to address some of these problems; it also concludes that there is a lack of coordination between these groups.

Although the students in the film are from diverse backgrounds, the film shows a universal need for coordinated support on multiple levels to help them and their families deal with the challenges they face.

The problems discussed in the documentary are the same issues that Amandla Development hopes to address. The organization seeks to empower South African youth with equal access to quality education opportunities. The organization does this by building capacity in effective grassroots organizations working in education, in order to maximize their impact.

In my opinion the night was a great sucess and Its always good spending with people who are  trying to make a difference in the world especially those that try make a difference on the African continent. The event was held in the offices of the law firm of Skadden, Arps in New York City.You can check out the link to Amandla Development below.