Early Child Development (ECDP)
child the benefit of early childhood development is the most prevailing venture
in human investment that a country can make. Entrenched in a deep rural/farm
areas such as Pongola deprives our children the opportunity for a proper
exposure to early children development and that leads to a delayed commencement
of primary school. Furthermore Grade R primary school teachers pay more
attention to a national curriculum made ready for all children irrespective of
their background areas. It is for these reason the Pongola Community Centre seek to run the early childhood
development in some areas of Pongola particularly those who are still
underprivileged. The Organization will
hire professional ECD Manager and train teachers who will be responsible for a
day to day development of our children from different backgrounds.
Library & School Education Programme (LSEP1)
- Mobile Library
reading is linked to academic achievement, reading also liberate our
consciousness, it opens our eyes to the world of information. Because the area
that Pongola Community Centre serve
have no resource libraries at all, our neighbouring schools seek an urgent
intervention in the area of reading both primary and secondary school. Pongola Community Centre believe in
investing to children & youth education through instilling the culture of
reading. There is an urgent need for a mobile library where our books and
electronic devices for research will be stored. The Mobile library will rotate
from one school to the other in arrangement with the project proposed.
1. Literature Reading.
2. Writing competitions.
3. Chess Completion.
4. Art competitions.
5. Basic Computer Learning.
6. Research Library.
- Peer Education
tends to understand well when the message is conveyed to them through their
peers, they feel free to question and comment openly, for that reason Pongola Community Centre will be using
Peer Educators who will be exemplary both by actions in teaching young people
of all life endeavours. Peer educators will be afforded continuously trainings
to prepare them for their tasks but we will be very strategic that it does not
disturb their daily school activities.
- School Uniforms &
For any child
to afford a healthy life style and a proper education irrespective of their
family backgrounds, there must food in their table top and further clothes to
attend school. Pongola Community Centre
understands the inferences of the child home-headed families as a results of
poorly parenting, previously HIV/AIDS fatality. Therefore, to stand at the
forefront of the child’s success, Pongola
Community Centre will identify and provide food parcels and school uniforms
to the deserving children and their families on a monthly basis. The project
will in extension help those families to have a garden for sustainability.
Should the family in a process find financial stability of any kind, which
ideally is what we strive for, the organization will happily remove that family
from benefiting on foods parcels.
Career Guidance (Imfundo ikusasa lethu)
The foundation of every community growth is rooted in
education. The area from which Pongola Community Centre is operating stricken by extremely poverty leading to many
children dropout school in pursuit for work in the nearest farms. Not only
that, many female teenagers practice prostitution on N2 road with long distance
truck drivers trying to earn a living. There is a little if not none that the
community is doing about that, it seems like they have accepted it as a mode of
survival. There is a high rate of school dropout in this area, children drop
out of school and start working for farmers at about age of 14/15 and the end
is not pleasant as the majority of them ends to alcohol and substance abuse and
later on mutate to crime.
Community Centre in partnership
with other stakeholders is taking
initiative to provide a proper career guidance to primary and high school
learners to prepare them for a brighter future. As the year resume, we will be
assisting Grade 12 learners with online applications to study. Also, we have learned from the past
that many student fail to enter universities and colleges because of
registration fees. Pongola Community
Centre will also work tirelessly to provide the deserving students (those performing extraordinary) with
registration fees or even tuition fee (provided
funds are available) for their initial tertiary education. With the help of
our Career Officer, a once off
career expo will be conducted once a year in partnership with the partner
will be assisting our community as well as the
schools by first carefully identifying school dropouts then have them
other learners in school afforded equal chance to pursue their studies.
understand the history of our community with lack of educational
lack of motivation that drive children to dropout school to work in the
farms. We will be working with our dedicated volunteers in finding out
the early dropouts and have a serious session on career focus. We will
aside a budget for a school uniform for deserving learners whom our
will identify have special need for school uniform. While bringing them
school we will also have our own qualified teachers deployed in partner
whom we will afford them extensive trainings throughout the year. Our
in schools will work normal hours together with government teachers but
will also dedicate themselves to do after schools sessions with some
selected learners those need special attention. We will keep records of
learner’s initial performance as we launch the project, learner’s
performances will be our monitoring guide. We have already started
12 to put more focus on their subjects as the year resume emphasizing
that universities are now too selective to accept ordinary applications
those willing to attend at the university should start now working hard
promise to take it into our shoulders to help them with online
Ubuntu Regeneration Programme (URP)
of the younger generation from older generation owing to different odd motives
has been envisaged, its negative impact is already haunting the entire country.
Although our rural areas has not shown a typical street kids as a result, the
home violence we experiencing each an everyday between parents and their
children competing for power demonstrates the gap formation between the two. Pongola Community Centre seek to close that gap by simple being the
link between parents and their children. This will be done in a simple 5
affordable steps obviously with the help of our well trained volunteers.
Through our infinite interrelated stands, our
volunteers will identify the family affected. Our Ubuntu Regeneration project will be linked to our other school
based assisting programmes like Food
Parcels, Garden & Uniform, and Peer Educators for a spontaneous tracing
through the behavioral impact of home violence to a child’s education.
While the normal project is in progress, our
volunteers will identify the child and do a family follow-up home visit. Upon
confirmation of possible home violence, the family will be referred to our
professional commended group therapy.
3. Group therapy
The proceedings of a group therapy will identify the
actual underlying problem that leads to a home violence. The outcomes will be
dealt once-of or lengthen to a short stay on rehab if addiction is discovered.
4. Home Visit
An indispensable follow-up for each family liquidated
from a group therapy will be done to ensure the effectiveness of a group
therapy. Further assistance will be provided if the family fall-short.
During the process of Ubuntu Regeneration project, our volunteers will record all the
proceedings. Our last step of the process which is ‘Testimonials’ will be the reflection of the process and the
limelight of our Ubuntu Regeneration
HIV/AIDS the Journey Programme (TJP)
deadlocks of HIV/AIDS to HIV/AIDS manageable! HIV/AIDS treatments can safeguard
health and give long & healthy life. Anti-Retro Virus (ARVs) has come a
long way a lifesaving in South Africa since year 2004. Many people have
survived from consistently taking of the HIV prescriptions (ARVs). ART is a
relatively new part of the equation in the response to HIV and AIDS. As the
epidemic of HIV/AIDS extremely affects frequently underprivileged communities
and they are the victims of negligence of not following proper guidelines to
taking of ARVs, Pongola Community Centre stands amidst its community to provide
efficiency healthcare, proper guidelines on ARVs and easy access to ARVs in
partnership with the Department of Health. Pongola Community Centre with the
help of our dedicated community volunteers will conduct home based care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Support group will be initiated to
allow a convenient platform for a responsive therapy. In partnership with
government entities, private sectors and other public organization, Pongola
Community Centre undertakes to work
persistently to put to an end HIV/AIDS.
- Home Base Cares
With the help
of our volunteers, the home base cares will be sought to all homes with people
living with HIV/AIDS identified through our referral system and willing to be
part of the programme. The department of Health work tirelessly to help people
diagnosed with HIV/AIDS to stay on their medicine but to emphasize and validate
the message on daily basis, Pongola
Community Centre volunteers will visit those homes timely to:
o Spend time and have multiple discussions with the person to explain
goals of ART therapy and need for adherence.
o Encourage disclosure to family or friends who can support the treatment
o Inform a person of potential side
effects ways to cope with this.
o Make sure the person knows that they should go back to the clinic or
hospital if side effects become severe and not to stop taking the medication.
o To provide adherence tools such as a written calendar of medications and
o Encourage the use of alarms, pagers and any other available mechanical
devices for adherence.
o Help person avoid bad reactions to drugs. They must disclose to the
clinic of any over-the-counter drugs or traditional medicines they are using.
o Include adherence discussions in support groups.
o Develop links with other community based organizations to support
o Encourage links with support groups.
- Why Support Group?
- To provide
emotional support and coping mechanism for those undergoing a difficult time in
their lives and who are willing to be part of the support group.
- To provide
information for its members so that they can understand the disease and can be
able to educate their families, friends, colleagues and neighbors about it.
strength from other members with experiences.
information around treatment, care and healing.
people about antiretroviral medication and encourage them to keep taking their
To build a
social network of people with similar problems.
To improve the
quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
members’ knowledge about HIV/AIDS and help them to develop skills.
isolation and discrimination while encouraging acceptance of HIV/AIDS.
the disease and promote de-stigmatization and community acceptance of people
living with HIV/AIDS.
HIV prevention messages by encouraging the community to have contact with
people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Self-Sustenance Projects
sustainability, Pongola Community Centre
will encourage self-sustenance projects and co-operatives. Agricultural project
will be one amongst other projects deemed as self-sustenance project that will
encourage members to form a co-operative for animal and crop farming and sell
to the nearest market. The second project will be woodwork, where members will
form a co-operative and own a warehouse dealing in particular with fixing of
cupboards, coffins and cabinets etc. Including people living with HIV+, all
members will be taught the skills to work on their own in these projects. All people
have needs to be met therefore these projects will be part of poverty
alleviation and will allow members to use their different innate and acquired
skills in generating income for their sustainability. Candover lies along N2
road that raise hopes for such projects as it will allow them to display their
work for sales along N2.
Social Empowerment Programme (SEP2): Garden, Awareness & Grants
Pongola Community Centre comprehends
with the global needs for society empowerment primarily in the areas that
directly affects the society. Technology
upgrades, Global Warming, Saving Water, Financial Awareness, Human Trafficking,
Xenophobia and many more teething issues, Pongola
Community Centre will cater to educate its community at any given time.
Will also allied
with the Department of Social Development in providing referrals for social
services to deserving individuals.
Community Kitchen Programmes (CKP)
In the face of
everyone we all seems fine because of our beauty inherent but our stomachs
define our actual differences. While we can all paint a smile in our faces when
a joke is cracked, unfortunately we cannot all paint pleasures in our hidden
stomachs. While the government have done means to provide food in our schools, no
one knows where those who have no food at home at all eat during weekends and
holidays. Our own community is troubled by extremely poverty and we have lost
an alarming number of home heads before and during days of ARVs inception. We
have discovered a number of child headed families within our communities yet
there is no nearby orphanage we know of. This is the reason we believe that
having a community kitchen will sustain many lives other than trying to give
food parcels. Community Kitchen will work as a center of all those identified
to have no means for food at home. They will come eat and go. There will be a
life skill session with those children during their gathering for food which we
believe will impact to their lives as they grow old.