Support Siyakhona

How you can help

Hillside Digital needs your help to create hubs of community development that will benefit people in some of Africa’s most disadvantaged communities. With your support we can train and inspire young citizen journalists who will create social change and address some of the most urgent issues affecting the world today.

Our trainees have already made films on issues such as xenophobia, shack housing, local solutions to poverty, stigma surrounding HIV-Aids, electricity theft, crime and homophobia to mention a few. Our films have been featured internationally on CNN and broadcast across South Africa on SABC. Our community screening events have attracted thousands of people of all ages to come and debate solutions to their problems.

We believe in a holistic approach to development and want to work in partnership with local and global development agencies, NGOs, governments, media and the private sector to help create change in disadvantaged communities.

We have given some of Africa’s most disadvantaged communities the means to tell their own stories and to find solutions to their problems. With your help we can make Siyakhona a permanent and sustainable force for change in the communities in which we operate. Change-making in communities will be made accessible through the development of an internet television channel representing each community- which can be embedded into any partner website. The development of e-commerce and micro-finance operations will enhance the sustainability of Siyakhona’s projects. Because the need for our initiative is universal in under-resourced communities and its implementation is simple, we are able to expand the model to other such communities across Africa.

“Siyakhona has made an important impact on my life. It has given me the chance and skills to tell the untold stories of my community. The skills I have learned here have changed the way I see the world and shown me the power of telling stories with a camera. With the new skills I have learned I want to fight for women’s rights, bring cinema to the township and become a loud voice for my community and my people”

Phakama Pyoos, 25, Khayelitsha. Director: ‘HIV Cycle in the Township’


  1. lorentreisman says:

    Hi there,

    I work for a charitable trust in the UK called Indigo, which supports projects in Africa. The Indigo Trust is a grant making foundation that funds technology-driven projects to bring about social change, largely in African countries. The Trust focuses mainly on innovation, transparency and citizen empowerment.

    The Indigo Trust makes grants to African projects or programmes, or to organisations which operate at least partly in African countries. We believe that access to information for all empowers people to change their own lives and communities.

    I’m coming to South Africa in a few weeks’ time and would love to meet up and find out more about your work. Is there a group of you who is still active?


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