Siyakholwa Development Foundation Projects
Smart Start is a program taking children from the poorest parts of South Africa, our most precious resource, and encouraging early learning and brain development. You can imagine that when people are living from hand to mouth, they are not always aware that by implementing simple exercises and routines, their children will reach important developmental milestones. Smart Start hopes to see all children living in South Africa benefit from early learning skills with exercises and activities to ensure their cognitive skills are ready to succeed in school and in life.
Currently , Siyakholwa over the last 2 years have established over 330 social franchisees in Keiskammahoek, Stuterheim and East London reaching and feeding over 2300 children a day. The plan is to see 3500 franchises reaching 52000 children, with trained individuals, sharing their knowledge with mothers and caregivers by 2025.
Planting seeds to change lives starts with our children.
The Community Work Programme (CWP) is a South African government programme that provides an employment safety net. It supplements livelihood strategies by providing a basic level of income security through work. The programme was started to address high unemployment and contributes to strategic goals of government in addressing poverty and unemployment. It is based on the recognition that policies to address unemployment and create decent work will take time to reach people living in marginalised areas with few opportunities.
The CWP does not replace government’s social grants programme but supplements it.
The programme is targeted at unemployed and underemployed women and men of working age. It aims to give those willing and able to work the opportunity to do so, and afford them the dignity and social inclusion that comes from this. What makes the CWP different is that it is also a community programme. Work must be ‘useful work’. It must improve the area and the quality of life for the people living there. This includes fixing community assets like schools, road and parks, and setting up food gardens. People in the area help to decide on the kind of work needed, and what is most urgent. This could be looking after orphans and vulnerable children, helping sick people, assisting teachers at schools, looking after children while their parents are at work, and working with the local police to improve safety and reduce crime.
Currently Siyakholwa are an implementing agent in the Eastern cape managing over 7200 Participants. Siyakholwa have excelled in this programme and were the winners of the EPWP Non-State Sector Komaso Awards for the best CWP project in 2014 &2015.
Siyakholwa was also chosen as the site for the Expanded Public Works Programme’s phase 3 launch on the 3 October 2014 and acknowledged as model Site by the President of South Africa.
The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) aims to provide poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed to carry out socially useful activities. This programme aims to do the following:
- To bring the unemployed into a temporary working environment
- The unemployed obtain skills and gain work experience
- The unemployed receive a stipend (allowance)
- To enhance their chances of future employment and/or trigger their "entrepreneurial spirit".
Siyakholwa has been running this project successfully in Cape Town(Delft), Gauteng (Muldersdrift), as well as East London. We currently have registered on the programme 300 Participants.
Marion is one of the many success stories from the EPWP. She is an ambitious, reliable, and punctual woman. Her passion in life is to work with children to improve their lives and to better themselves. She entered the EPWP programme, managed by Siyakholwa Development Foundation, as part of the Bright Future Facilitators participants working with grade 6 and 7 learners at Erica Primary School in Belhar.
The EPWP cycle has ended and Marion has now been offered a position to work at the school as a paid member of the staff. Marion is proof that given the opportunity and having the right attitude and work ethic it is possible to move from unemployed to a valuable and sought after employee and community contributor.
Siyakholwa Bee and Peach Project
The Siyakholwa Bee and Peach Project is an exciting endeavor. Around 1000 peach and citrus trees have been planted, nurtured and harvested. Women have been trained in producing and bottling delicious jam!
In conjunction, the Bee Keeping Project has launched with twenty hives, and a goal of expanding to one hundred hives. This project aims to encourage people to start honey businesses.
The Vetiver Conservation Initiative
The Vetiver Conservation Initiative, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Bountiful Grains. This initiative trains participants to become growers.
From compost heaps, to vegetable gardens planted at schools, creches, hospitals, orphanages and old age homes, The Vetiver Conservation Initiative develops a love for the land. Projects like “Vetiver grass” have been implemented for conservation practice and the building of “Stone Check Dams” for donga reclamation. This labour intensive practice produces a significant benefit to communal lands through conservation of soil, water and nutrients.