Alumni volunteers’ efforts made ‘real difference’ in South African township

Yale Alumni Service Corps members in South Africa.

Yale Alumni Service Corps (YASC) is in its landmark 10th year, having organized trips across the globe that have helped thousands of people in underserved communities ranging from Brazil to India to West Virginia — all while leaving a lasting impression on the hundreds of alumni who have volunteered.

Recently, Rob Biniaz ’75 led more than 90 Yale alumni, family, and friends on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa, to undertake a broad series of service initiatives. The trip was the first for YASC in South Africa and its first-ever in an urban community.

In conjunction with the Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Management, University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Business Activator, and Amandla Development, a local nonprofit founded and led by Scott Clarke ’02, YASC volunteers worked in Cape Town’s Philippi Township to create sustainable, integral projects designed to live on long after the time the volunteers have left.