How our programmes assist communities in need
Imagine yourself transported to the very heart of the sprawling
informal settlement that is Site C in Khayelitsha.
Around you are
hundreds upon hundreds of tiny one-room shacks. Unemployed men
and women sit idly outside their doors, or saunter along the streets.
Grannies watch over groups of children and skinny dogs scratch
in the sand.
This is where our work begins.
In discussion with the community, it may be decided that a creche
or perhaps a feeding centre is the most urgent need. CWD may assist
in acquiring a second-hand shipping container to use as premises
– and provide equipment such as gas stoves, pots, pans
and food items for a kitchen, or toys, books, puzzles, stationery
and sleeping mats for a pre-school.
Staff for the fledgling projects will come from the community,
thus providing the first economic intervention, and the opportunity
for further training in nutrition or Early Childhood Development.
Project leaders are encouraged to involve the community in starting
vegetable gardens in areas close to creches and kitchens.
Again, these initiatives not only keep the creches and kitchens
supplied with fresh, healthy food, but also provide employment
for more people, and the opportunity to earn a little income from
As the community begins to pull together and gain confidence from
their success, more ideas for helping themselves emerge.
They may want to start a youth group, or a shelter for abused women
and children ... set up a training facility where people can gain
life skills ... an HIV/Aids support group ...
CWD provides support, advice, training and practical assistance
to enable people to build capacity within their communities
and a better life for all.
Our main areas of focus:
- Community Development Centres (CDCs)
- Women, Children and Youth
- Health and Food Security
- Economic Development
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