The Setswana word Oketsa means “to increase”. We have a vision to help our young people INCREASE their knowledge of the world, INCREASE the wisdom that they pursue and to INCREASE their relationship with God, their peers, friends and family.
The Oketsa program is situated in the Zandspruit informal settlement and is run by Piet and Leah Bakers. The dream was planted in Leah’s heart in 2016 after hearing horror stories of children in the informal settlements repeatedly failing their grade for lack of assistance and one-on-one care. Oftentimes these students are much older than they should be OR their teachers will push them onto the next grade without the student being ready. This forms an endless cycle of educational failure. Leah could not stand to see these students suffering, and thus, Oketsa was born.