17 Dec RLabs Stories of Hope Resounding Success

RLabs hosted a “world first” SoH festival on the 11 and 12 December 2015 at the Nantes Park, Athlone, the same community where RLabs was founded and expanded its work in 22 countries, across 5 continents. This momentous occasion brought together 5000 community members from all walks of life, and they were inspired and united by stories of ordinary people living a life of ‘making hope contagious’.

RLabs concluded the two day event with a celebration of 2000 graduates from across Cape Town who received certificates and recognition for their educational pursuit.

Since inception, 7 years ago, we have trained 35 000 people through our training and development programmes. A study conducted by Ashoka Globalizer and McKinsey & Company, found that RLabs had created more than R330 million in economic value through our programmes.

In validation of the work done by RLabs, a United Nations report by the Secretary General in August 2014, stated: ‘In order to promote sustainable business growth, countries can create special business incubators for social enterprises. For example: The RLabs Innovation Incubator in South Africa develops social businessideas aimed at benefiting, reconstructing and empowering local communities through innovation.’

RLabs will provide over 2000 free scholarships during 2016 to study at RLabs, and according to the RLabs Founder, Marlon Parker, there are two simple rules: smile and pay-it-forward.

Visit RLabs on the 30 January 2016 to register for courses during 2016.


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  • RLabs | Making HOPE Contagious
    Posted at 10:07h, 31 December Reply

    […] We also launched a new initiative, RLabsU, offering communities access to RLabs Academy programmes in their local context. We launched our first 2 RLabsU campuses in Gugulethu and Khayelitsha supporting hundreds of community members through the initial training programmes. We looking forward to expanding this programme to 25 communities during 2016. The graduations for all our training programmes were a 2 day celebration where graduates gathered at our inaugural Stories of HOPE festival.  […]

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