Louisa Molise is a young social entrepreneur who has a deep passion for changing people’s lives. Molise’s non profit organisation, Young Age Foundation has been doing amazing things in Gauteng for a couple of years. Having worked with giant brands such as Rand Mutual Assurance, The Teddy Bear Foundation, Hungry Lion, Toughees Brand, Assupol Life Insurance, and McCain South Africa; Molise’s organisation makes sure that school kids have shoes, sanitary towels, wheelchairs, and that needy families don’t to go to sleep on an empty stomach.
Asked what has been her inspiration she said: “I believe giving is the right thing to do. My family has always been the type of family that always gives to those who don’t have. Apart from that, I am surrounded by children that are lacking, some go to school with worn-out shoes, some even come knocking on my door asking me for money for sanitary towels. So I believe that giving is Ubuntu. We all have the spirit of Ubuntu within ourselves but some of us need to take it out more often,” she tells The Olifants News.
Molise says her organisationis geared towards empowering communities and changing people’s lives. This year alone, Molise’s organisation has donated over 1000 school shoes to 40 different public schools in Gauteng. “In Thembisa alone, we donated to Makhurulani Primary School and Nyiko Primary School,” Molise reveals.
To wrap up 2020, which has been a turbulent year to many, Molise’s organisation will be donating 100 food parcels to elderly people whose families were severely impacted by the coronavirus.
” We have an annual Thanksgiving where we will be handing out food parcels to 100 senior citizens, both male and female. This is going to be elderly people that were heavily affected by Covid-19 and who do’t have no other source of income,” she says. Molise says the process of helping someone with a wheelchair is as follows: First and foremost, they identify the person in need of a wheelchair, then do a thorough need analysis. Once everything is verified, they send a proposal to corporate companies asking them to finance a wheelchair.
While this year Molise’s focus was on primary schools, she says next year they plan to target high schools as well. According to Molise they will also take it a step further by assisting young girls in the rural areas who might need sanitary towels. “ I want to see the Young Woman Group growing and creating value to all businesses, and to support people to have meaningful lives in their communities,” she concludes.