SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS PROGRAMME
1. Craft Club Project – “Siyazama”
A dedicated volunteer, Marietjie Botha, manages our successful Craft Club called “Siyazama”, and trains club members marketable skills. “Siyazama” is a Xhosa word and means “we are trying”.
The club has all the training equipment which it at present needs, such as sewing machines and related cloth-making tools. Fabrics and materials for making the products have been donated by Mavromac, other fabric houses and local interior design shops. We ensure that an adequate stock is always on hand and that items produced are market related.
Transport with a mini bus, sponsored by Stellenbosch University, is provided every Tuesday from Kayamandi to the heart of Stellenbosch. Our crafters return to the centre after a full morning, or a full afternoon’s work.
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2. Basic business skills
3. Proud Parents Programme
The theme “my child, my responsibility” is used to teach parents the value of their role in their child’s life, to build their own and their child’s self-esteem at home. Mothers are taught to communicate with their children, even if their children have higher levels of education than the mothers, and to teach them values and discipline at home.
Each programme accommodates between 45 and 50 parents.
4. Medical Knowledge Institute
Mothers have weekly one-hour lectures on health issues at the Medical Knowledge Institute.