South Africa

Community Assistance

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Lack of employment and accessibility to education is a large cause of poverty in the Knysna area, and this initiative aims to target these areas, providing opportunities to improve various aspects of daily life, including health, diet and basic education for children and adults.

You will gain insight into empowerment projects in Africa as well as providing locals with various opportunities to better their lives. You can make a difference in the fight against poverty.

Ways you can make a difference:
1. Recycling and swapping – You will be providing an opportunity for children to gain an understanding of the value of working for goods through a recycling exchange incentive scheme. Children of 18 years and under exchange recyclable materials that they have collected for points with donated items such as clothes & toiletries that they may not normally have the opportunity to purchase.
Your role includes:

  • Running of the shop and registering children on the project
  • Weighing and monitoring recycling

Calculating points earned & data entry Successes:

  • 433 children have benefited from this project during 2013
  • 7,300 kg of recycling have been collected in 2013 and 25,300 kg of recycling have been collected since the projects’ inception in 2010

2. Food security – You will be helping build healthier communities using a number of innovative methods, and your role includes any or all of:

  • Assisting with the building of eco-friendly greenhouses
  • Planting and maintaining vegetable gardens in conjunction with the local community.
  • Assisting with nutrition workshops and implementing a vegetable exchange scheme in the local community Successes.
  • Construction of an eco-friendly greenhouse (using 2l plastic bottles) for a local pre-school and planting of vegetables inside the greenhouse.
  • Development of educational resources for nutrition workshops

3. Tuberculosis “TB” screening – South Africa has one of the highest rates of TB in the world. In partnership with local health authorities, we have implemented a screening survey. You will be providing an extremely beneficial service by conducting door to door TB screening.
Your role includes any or all of:

  • Visiting homes of local people and conducting TB Screening (this involves asking a series of 10 questions relating to a person’s health; completely non-invasive and no medical experience necessary)
  • Providing useful information about TB to the local people (which we will provide you with)

Data Entry Successes:
Over 500 locals screened for symptoms of tuberculosis and referred to local health clinics when necessary

4. Social Survey – This project was initiated in order to gain an insight into how people in various underprivileged areas feel about their community and the resources that are available to them; to ascertain what local people think needs to be improved; and to establish what skills the local people have. The vital information that you will gather through this project will help to guide the progress of our various community outreach projects.
Your role includes any or all of:

  • Visiting individual houses, conducting surveys in the local township
  • Data entry and analysis

Further development of the questionnaire Successes:
Over 300 locals have been provided with an opportunity to express their views of the communities they live in.

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