The Mustadafin Foundation was established in 1986 and emerged as result of political unrest, and violence in Crossroads. In order to support the community, a group of people started to work within to provide services such as accommodation, food and clothing provision, medical care and trauma counselling.
The organization consisting of 6 executive board members, 65 staff (13 head office based and 52 working in the areas we serve, this include the 25 EPWP many of them are those who once stood in the line for assistance and currently are trained home-base, community base workers ) professionals who volunteer when called upon. Today the organization has five core functions:
• Community development – sewing classes, youth development, working with vulnerable youth, send 67 youth back to school this year
• Health –7 home base carers who sees to the terminal ill, creating awareness regarding HIV/AIDS, TB, CANCER and teenage pregnancy.
• Disaster Relief: - partnering with the Disaster Management and do workshop on fire prevention.
• Education – 4 madrassas, 21 early childhood development, literacy classes, support schools and run class for literacy, maths and science classes for children with difficulties.
• Poverty alleviation. Feed 15000 men. Women, children and the elderly, operation winter warmth and special projects regarding Christmas programmes.
We work both in Western Cape and in the Eastern Cape and some of the areas we are actively involved in our Khayelitsha, Delft, Mitchells Plain, Hanover Park, Manenberg, Kewtown, Athlone and Tafelsig.
We focus on the needs of the community in creating working, caring, safe, equitable, sustainable and positive networks in which people can thrive.
Many challenges are faced within these areas due to gangsterism, drugs, unemployment and illiteracy but our team perseveres to steer our community into a greater direction.
One of our partners is NACCW, Isibindi project. 25 community members were employed to be child and youth care workers currently being trained while working. Since the employment of the 25 people working 365 days in the community of Tafelsig this group found that over 1000 children have either left school or have never been in school from the age of 6 to 13 and children with learning disability who left primary school. The schools in Tafelsig are overcrowded and there are not enough school for the amount of children. This is then when the foundation introduced home schooling, ECD programs, and intervention programs to assist with the needs that have not been met.