Whole-life poverty alleviation
Inspiration in IsiZulu Khanyisani means “shine the light for others”. Our name is inspired by Matthew 5:16 that reads “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”. We are inspired by the Gospel to be a light in the darkness, reflecting the light that we receive from Jesus, so others can see the path. Who is Khanyisani? We are a Christian not-for-profit / public benefit trust registered in South Africa with two decades of experience in addressing poverty alleviation amongst the poorest of the poor in South Africa. Our model We recognise that poverty is a huge problem in South Africa, and through dedicated hands-on experience and research have found a workable holistic and sustainable model which doesn’t rely on formal job creation or hand-outs. Our methodology is based on leadership, entrepreneurship, trust, respect for all members of the community, and faith in Jesus Christ. We have proven results which continue to positively influence many thousands of lives. Our achievements Khanyisani’s key objectives of sustainable Christian based social transformation has resulted in sustainable projects in the Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, the northern Cape and Limpopo since 2007. The project we consider our most successful so far, the Sappi Beekeeping project in Kwambonambi, KwaZulu Natal, we managed R8.8 million over 5 years, impacted on 1600 families (about 8000 people), of which 400 are beekeeping and produce and sell 15 - 25 tons of honey per year from the 2000 beehives that they made themselves. Khanyisani’s Mission Our mission is to alleviate poverty in a sustainable way through using poverty alleviation as word and deed discipleship. This means using self-help savings groups; asset-based community development (ABCD); bible studies that explain the Gospel message and biblical worldview and their impact on poverty alleviation; practical, climate smart and ethical food production and income generation; all with Jesus Christ at the centre. Khanyisani’s structure The Khanyisani Trust is an overarching umbrella for the programmes and projects under our stewardship. The Khanyisani Management Team administers projects, conducts monitoring and evaluation, fundraises, develops the projects and plans together with Project Leaders and reports back to Stakeholders and Funders. The Khanyisani Trust is run by a seasoned diverse group of trustees who have experience working in the NGO sector, they have financial, fundraising, entrepreneurship, leadership and mentorship expertise at a local and international levels. At an operational level Dr Guy Stubbs, the Executive Director, leads the diverse team, working hands-on in the programmes and with the management team to keep the Trust and the Programmes running smoothly.