Location: Philipi, Cape Town
Combat sport: Boxing
Focus areas: Sports, health, violence prevention, youth development
Joined the FFP Alumni: November 2013
Contact: Clifford Martinus
Oasis was set up by community leader Clifford Martinus back in 2000 as a football club which invited youth living on the streets to join the team. Seeing the potential of their work to keep youth positively engaged and away from negative peer pressures, was formally registered as a nonprofit, and has now expanded to 5 junior and 1 senior divisions.
Oasis also has now finds, selects and manages SA’s team for the Homeless World Cup and has done so since 2006. This programme also incorporates life skills training, HIV/AIDS awareness as well as a soccer training camp.
Oasis are now bringing their sport for development expertise to boxing, through a new partnership with a small local boxing club who, through Oasis, will strive to implement the Fight For Peace methodology and, Cliffy hopes, emulate the success Oasis has achieved with their football teams
In addition to sports, Oasis’ outreach programmes include: a health awareness programme in schools, educating on HIV/Aids and tuberculosis; a street peoples’ programme, which includes temporary housing for up to 22 people, psychological assessments and practical support to obtain ID documents, grants and medical provision; a Winter Readiness Programme (WRP) for vulnerable individuals, and a schools feeding programme.