We are a non-profit, public-benefit organisation, in Kayamandi, on the edge of Stellenbosch. In this peri-urban area the majority of residents (30 000) live in informal settlements and in dire poverty. This, coupled with a high incidence of illiteracy and HIV/Aids, makes Kayamandi a community a place where people are vulnerable and at risk daily.
Our Sustainable livelihoods programme offers families a large monthly food parcel for a period of six months, whilst offering them the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of programmes. Most importantly, a vocational interview identifies areas where they can start to earn a living - either we will write them a professional CV, or offer them skills training, or provide them with grants/loans and mentorship to start their own small business. We have a success rate of about 40% annually of people getting a job, and further success stories of many small businesses which have been started and are growing in the community.
We also run vegetable gardens, a craft club, and health care and life skills programme.
We feed 2000 children in three primary shools and approximately 828 children in 30 crèches. We have a book sharing programme for children who can’t afford to go to creche.
We do all of this with the support of loyal local and overseas donors and major SA corporate donors.