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Young girl helped by Princess Sofia’s Project Playground honoured by The Queen

Princess Sofia of Sweden

A young girl named Lerato Letube, who is from Langa, Cape Town, South Africa, has received the Queen’s Young Leadership Award by Her Majesty The Queen. Her Majesty awarded Lerato at Buckingham Palace earlier this year.

Project Playground said in a press release, “Lerato Letube grew up with her single mother in Langa. Her father abandoned the family when Lerato was little. Her uncle is an admitted criminal, but Lerato was determined not to land in the same negative spiral. She found it difficult, especially when she arrived at adolescence but then contacted the Project Playground. Through his persistence, she managed to convince Frida, co-founder, to start another activity for young girls, Netball 2014.”

They have said she was a key player in the organisation and education. She ended up being employed as a coordinator of Project Playground in South Africa.

In the same press release, they also said, “She is now continuing its work to influence and inspire young people in Langa to break negative patterns and find their ambition.”

The year of 2016 was a good year for Project Playground in regards to private donors and successful fundraising events. Since 1 December, they have worked on a Christmas campaign to “open up the doors [in 24 total areas] to give the public insight into activities and all the individuals involved in both Sweden and South Africa.”

Project Playground is a non-profit organisation which focuses on improving life opportunities for children and young people. It was founded in 2010 by Princess Sofia of Sweden and Frida Vesterberg.

In September they explained to Royal Central, “The vision is a safe world where every child grows up with a belief in the future and the possibility to influence their own life. Therefore, Project Playground works with inspiring, motivating and engaging children and youth to seize their inner strength and potential through organised social activities and sports with focus on the individual.”

You can follow Project Playground on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.