Mep has key partners who assist us in our vision to raise up generations of urban heroes

MEP's primary partner is the Department of Correctional Services. MEP runs out of Drakenstein Youth Correctional Facility in Paarl, Western Cape. The programme works closely with the management of Drakenstein Corrections and the partnership has enabled the programme to make a significant impact in a short space of time.

We support and endorse The Message Enterprise Programme, which is making a significant impact on the lives of our offenders. We are thankful for the stories of change that we have seen through our working relationship with The Message Trust.
— H.J.Jumaats, Head of Development and Care, Drakenstein Management

Learn to Earn (LtE) was established in 1989 and seeks to develop people, especially unemployed people, economically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. It has trained over 9,000 people and research over the past five years has shown that 75% of graduates were economically active. In giving people 'A hand up, not a hand out',  LtE seeks to restore dignity and self-esteem. The Message Trust is part of the Learn to Earn Association that offers advice and support to our programmes.

The Message Trust is making a significant impact amongst youth at risk, especially those in prison. We look forward to a continued partnership with them as Associates in the years to come.
— Lloyd Williams, Learn to Earn National Association Coordinator

Other organisations partner with MEP in the following ways. If you'd like to find out more, please email

  • Guest Lecturers: Businesses and people who give their time to lecture a specific topic to our students
  • Business Advisors: Remote advisors who review and positively critique the business plans of each student
  • Message Business Network: The Message Business Network members provides advice and support to MEP throughout the year
  • Financial Partners: As a new innovative programme, MEP is dependant on donor support from trusts, corporates, churches and individuals
  • Mentors: People who volunteer their time to mentor our students whilst in prison and once released
Seeing this hunger from the inmates, and how they are proud of what they have achieved so far, gives an outsider hope for the future. It makes one think that change can happen if you give people hope and a plan for the future. It makes one think that rehabilitation and integration back into society is possible if given the right opportunities. I thought I went there to inspire and motivate the guys, but I left feeling that I got back a lot more than I had to give. I was really impressed with what they have accomplished.
— Christo Smeda, Guest Lecturer