Our organisation started in 2013, out of a need to assist destitute families in the Siqualo Informal Settlement (close to Mitchells Plain) and the Klipfontein Mission Station (Philippi) an informal and semi-rural community. What started off as a few shacks and fewer than 100 people exploded in months. Both areas have no running water, sanitation or proper infrastructure and are ridden with crime. Many of the children, women and youth living in these areas have little to no sense of hope for their futures and without interventions will remain in immense poverty, both mentally and physically.
People and communities like these are why we exist. Every child living in these communities have a right to basic nutrition, shelter, family care - or even a name and nationality at birth... something we often assume everyone has. We place a big focus on women and girl child. In the words of Kofi Anan (former UN Secretary general) we believe 100% that women are the pillars of the society. When women are empowered, the whole world is empowered
Study after study has taught us that there is no tool for development more effective than education of girls and the empowerment of women. No other policy is as likely to raise economic productivity, lower infant and maternal mortality or improve nutrition and promote health, including the prevention of HIV/AIDS. When women are fully involved, the benefits can be seen immediately. Familiers are healthier, they are better fed; their incomes, savings and reinvestment go up. And what is true of families is true of communities and, eventually, whole communities.
Often times a lack of resources or state funds prevents communities like these, from transformation and life long changes... but together we can make the change, one life at a time. Click here to make a donation to our work.