Lifting Dreams Soweto is about community. Soweto is located in Gauteng, South Africa and is notorious for drug problems, gang related violence and high crime rates. Within the same community there are thousands of amazing talented people who aspire each day to make a difference. One such individual is Khati Mabuya, South African Weightlifting Champion in the 81Kg Class. A year ago I met him at a weightlifting competition and saw that he had about 15 young children with him. We became friends and he showed me his academy for weightlifting he had in his backyard. It was an uneven concrete surface where the kids were lifting rusted old weights on opposite sides of the washing line.
Khati told me that he started this project to keep kids off the streets and busy during the afternoons so that they would not get involved in bad crowds, but would spend their time doing homework and training so that they are tired by the end of the day and go straight to bed. I shared this amazing story with Olympic weightlifter and Instagram celebrity, Sonny Webster, who called me soon after and Lifting Dreams Soweto was born.