WHY THIS NPO WAS STARTED

When Rogz started in 1995 in Cape Town, South Africa, all energies went into building a stable company. The vision was always to build a company that does more than just sell the world’s coolest pet gear. It was to provide jobs for the local community, and also empower their families. And so, our NPO, Rogz Academy, was started.

Rogz co-founders, Irené and Paul, wanted to create a culture of caring, being real, following passions and being a part of the change. Rogz Academy has grown from a fledgling passion project started in 2012 to a non-profit making a meaningful difference. Fast-forward ten years and we continue to make a difference to those in our community.

And so our non-profit organisation evolved in 2013 and was formally registered in 2016.

NEW COLLABORATION

We are excited to have a new collaboration with Boost Africa Foundation. From 2023, Rogz Academy and Boost Africa Foundation have joined efforts to assist the primary schools in Dunoon and Joe Slovo townships – Boost Africa Foundation will be focussing on Sophakama Primary and SilverLeaf Primary, and Rogz Academy will be focussing on Dunoon Primary and Marconi Beam Primary. This includes our Youth Development through the YearBeyond Programme. Combined resources and shared expertise will benefit all!

OUR 3 FOCUS AREAS

EDUCATION

Assisting Grade 3s and 4s with Numeracy and Literacy in under-resourced schools to improve the transition from learning in isiXhosa to English.

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Upskilling and mentoring 18-25 year old youth from under-resourced communities through the YearBeyond programme to support teachers in the schools.

NUTRITION

Growing an urban farm, via sustainable practices, at Rogz HQ that provides fresh vegetables for school soup kitchens so children can learn on a full tummy.

One of the many challenges that South Africa faces is education. Rogz Academy helps to improve education through teacher support and mentorship as well as literacy and numeracy support for learners. Rogz Academy, in collaboration with Boost Africa Foundation, train YearBeyond volunteers to be more effective in helping learners who are struggling to learn Numeracy and Literacy in English. To read more, download our NPO Profile here.
Rogz Academy is an Implementing Partner of the YearBeyond (YeBo) programme which supports youth unemployment by aiming to ensure that by the age of 25, young people are responsible, independent, healthy and active citizens. The programme takes young people through a structured 10-month development journey focusing on work readiness, professional competencies, personal growth and progression to the world of work or study. YeBoneers are also provided with training and placed in a meaningful work experience to provide literacy and numeracy support in under-resourced schools in their communities. Our efforts are currently impacting 42 YeBoneers and 840 young learners. To read more, download our NPO Profile here.
The pavements outside the Rogz factories in Cape Town have been transformed into an Urban Farm that grows proudly with fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit trees. These are harvested for all Roggerz at HQ, their families and community.Nutrition is a building block for improving physical and mental health in both children.Rogz Urban Farm vegetables help supplement the school soup kitchens to feed the learners so that they can study with full stomachs. Sustainability is also a big vision for Rogz pet gear, and our Rogz Urban Farm has been playing an important roleTo read more, download our NPO Profile here.

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PLATINUM PARTNERS

We are extremely grateful to the following Platinum Partners for their ongoing financial support to Rogz Academy! We hope to continue and expand this network soon! We invite anyone to join this special tier of donors! To read more, download our NPO Profile here.

KEY PARTNERS

Thank you also to the following key partners whose collaboration with Rogz Academy has made implementation of our various projects sustainable over all the years:

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