Who we are

Every young person we work with is inspired and supported to achieve their full potential.
To provide innovative, youth-focused sport, education and empowerment programmes, designed to inspire disadvantaged youth to access our highly effective, youth-friendly, health services.

Empowering young people since 2005

WhizzKids United (WKU) is a community-based non-profit working to provide health, educational and empowerment services to disadvantaged youth in both Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and Tamale, Ghana.

WKU has been a leader in providing young people sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) including HIV prevention, treatment, and support since its inception in 2005.

How it works

What we do

As part of our efforts to promote health seeking behaviour amongst youth, WKU provides over 30 educational and empowerment programmes – many of which use football to ensure dynamic, and goal-orientated learning environments.By equipping youth with life-skills through football as well as linking them with WKU youth-friendly ‘WKU Health Academies’ we help disadvantaged youth reach their full potential.

Coping under pressure football academy

Youth tested for HIV and/or TB


Meals served to Orphans or Vulnerable children


Youth received sexual and reproductive health services


Youth graduated from WKU ‘On the Ball’ life skills curriculum


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Our Projects

WKU offers 40 health, education and empowerment programmes – meeting 9 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. WKU is one of only a few NGO’s worldwide that is an associate member of the UN for its work in delivering on the MDG’s and now the SDG’s. WKU programmes include:

Health Academy

WKU Health Academies are our very own youth friendly sexual and reproductive health clinics situated in Edendale, South Africa and Jisonayilli, Ghana.

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On the ball

‘On the Ball’ Life Skills curriculum harnesses the game of football and football skills as a language to educate and an analogy for life.

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Game changers

Game Changers targets unemployed disadvantaged youth, male and female aged 17 to 23 years of age.

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Girls on the ball

Girls On the Ball empowerment programme serves to develop football activities for girls and use participation in organised football activities to teach life skills…

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Supported by:

Street Football
Health Dept SA
Charlize Theron outreach project