Epilepsy SA – Free State & North West Branch started in Parys in 1984. Originally it was called SANEL but in 2003 the name was changed to Epilepsy South Africa, and the focus changed from being purely Epilepsy Focused to being an organization following the developmental approach working together with people with disabilities and communities in general.
Being situated in a rural environment and working with communities, our services are extensive and include:
• Residential Care
• Protective workshops
• Food security
• Home Based Care
• Community development
• Mental Health
• Epilepsy Education & Advocacy
• Day Care
• Volunteer Management
• Staff Development
• Entrepreneurial Development
• Assistance and training to emerging NPO’s & CBO’s
• Community Wellness Programme
• Economic Empowerment
• Assistive Device Bank
Some of our achievements:
EPILEPSY SA WENT TO NORWAY
Rotary International sponsored a Medical team from South Africa to a Rotary District in Norway on a study exchange program in September 2011. Our registered nurse, Nellian van Niekerk, was selected to participate in the program. It is the first time in Epilepsy SA history that a personnel member got selected for such an exchange program.
2011 - A wonderful achievement was that two of our garden projects achieved well in a competition for the Female Entrepreneur Award Competition 2010 hosted by the Department of Agriculture. Coptic Vegetable Project won in the category of a Small Holder Entrepreneur and Basadi Kopanag Vegetable Project won as Best Subsistence Farmer.
2012 - Three projects were entered in the Female entrepreneur competition hosted by Department of Agriculture and won in the following categories:
• Basadi Kopanang: Runner-up Top Entrepreneur processing.
• Coptic: Runner-up Top Smallholder producer
• Schonkenville Luncheon Club: Winner Best Subsistence producer.
COMMUNITY BUILDER OF THE YEAR - 2011
Our Director, Gary Westwood, was honoured to be awarded the title, 'Community Builder of the Year - 2011' by the Lusa Community Chest. This was a highlight of his many years in the Non Profit Field!!