Intokozo Projects Empowers Teen Girls

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“It’s very sad to see a girl child helpless in situations they can’t change. It dawned on me that I should do something about it…”

New baby on the block Intokozo Projects curated their first community empowerment initiative – Talking Teens on the 29th of June 2024.

The Non-profit organisation was founded by Patricia Refilwe Sato who is a Chef, Actress, Radio/TV presenter, community builder and aspiring director, writer and a community builder – Jabulile Ngubeni.

Intokozo projects was established in 2024. They host events, concept development, community related initiatives and empowerment. The organisation is mandated to empowering, educating teenagers and poverty alleviation.

In an exclusive interview with SA POSITIVE NEWS Patricia Sato delved deeper into the idea behind Talking Teens and the need for the organisation to conceptualize an event of that calibre.

“It’s very sad to see a girl child helpless in situations they can’t change. It dawned on me that I should do something about it. I learnt that these kids trust me in any situation they come across. It aligned with my purpose, so I decided that I will become the village that is raising a child.

I could have had a sanitary pads hand over, but I decided to educate – than hand out. I thought maybe there’s a lot we can talk about and have a fun-filled day. I Hope someday the initiative will be recognized for excellence in taking care of teenagers and the South African Government to provide free sanitary towels just like the condoms they provide for free,” said Sato.

It was a fun-filled day indeed, Kaalfontein Primary school was full of young girls ready to be educated on an array of social ills that they face daily – issues like Bullying, Gender Based Violence and Social Media Etiquette.

Be The Voice Founder, Motivational Speaker, GBV Activist and Pageant Mentor Candice Singh Engelbrecht tackled the alarming Gender Based Violence phenomenon and delivered a tear-jerking talk, inspiring the girls to be confident, stand for what they believe in and never be afraid to speak out against any form of abuse as she is always ready to lend a helping hand.

Artist, Tutor and founder of Study buddies, Kgaugelo Moeng addressed an ill the young girls know very well – bullying.

When SA POSITIVE NEWS asked Patricia Sato about the decision to strictly focus on Teen Girls, she had this to say… “I felt like these girls need privacy as some are experiencing things for the very first time and will not be comfortable to freely share when there’s boys around. It also helps me to identify each child’s needs.”

Before the official sanitary pads hand over, the girls were educated on issues that affect them daily and had so much fun, playing a game of riddles and engaging in exciting Tiktok challenges.

Talking Teens was a resounding success. Attendees were encouraged to donate sanitary pads; the turnout was absolutely astounding.

“I am so happy; my partner and I pulled through. All the girls were happy – seeing those smiles on their faces gave us peace. The support we received from everyone who believes in us is compared to nothing”, said Patricia.

The future certainly looks bright for Intokozo Projects. They plan to elevate their brand and collaborate with organisations that align with their ethos and vision.

SA POSITIVE NEWS applauds Intokozo Projects for the exceptional work they are doing for the community and looking forward to more auspicious events up their sleeves.

By Sinenzolo Mondi