POPUP (People Upliftment Programme) is a non-profit organisation (existing since 2000) with a holistic approach to the upliftment of under-privileged communities, thereby ensuring that all the needs of individuals are addressed – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
POPUP renders services to all persons living in Tshwane (in the Gauteng province, South Africa) and the surrounding areas and neighbouring provinces (e.g. Soshanguve) regardless of race, culture, gender or religion. In the first few years of the organisation’s existence it was a shelter that housed approximately 150 destitute people. During its shelter days POPUP expanded its service collection by adding a Medical clinic (POPMed), Dental clinic (POPDent) and a Day Care Centre (POPKids). In 2004 the focus of the programme changed - people were now to be empowered to care for themselves rather than to be cared for. Currently POPUP’s main centre is situated in Salvokop, Pretoria. POPUP also expanded to Soshanguve in 2012.
At present POPUP offers 9 SETA accredited and 5 non-accredited market-related skills programmes to unemployed people. The duration of the skills programmes are between 2 and 24 weeks. All the learners attend a compulsory 10-day Personal Growth Programme (PGP) (Life Skills) that is aimed at restoring their lives. Not only does the programme equip them with practical skills like communication and time management, but they are taught that their lives have purpose, resulting in changed morals and values. Learners trained at POPUP enter society as changed people who can make a difference in their communities, family, friends and working environment.