About the Places We Work

South Africa has a population of 55 million people. Approximately 10 percent of these people, almost all of them white, control 90 percent of the country’s wealth. Despite its reputation as an economic powerhouse on the African continent, the country has one of the weakest economies in the world. Fully one-half of all South Africans live in poverty, with more than one in four people being unemployed. In the townships, nearly seven in 10 young people are without a job. The lack of employment and education opportunities impacts daily life in the townships. Thousands of people live in shacks in informal settlements. There is limited access to clean water and sanitation. And disease, mental health issues, and violent crime are major problems.

The townships are also home to incredibly dedicated and talented community activists and leaders. The individuals and organizations that Acacia Global partner with are unwavering in their determination to improve the lives of the hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children who call townships like Khayelitsha and Guguletu home.


“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
Nelson Mandela