Skills for Life:
The skills for life Program seeks to enhance the capacities of community members and provide them with skills essential for entry into the workplace. It comprises 3 different courses:
- Computer course- Life skill course- Business course
- English course
It seeks to reduce the employment rate and create new income opportunities.
Youth Development Program:
They are teaching important life lessons about respect, leadership, and co-operation, and they are promoting equality for all and bridging divides between people. That is why we offer a lot of after school activities such as dance, drama, soccer, outings and events, which can give an attractive alternative to the criminal activities. The Youth Development Program seeks to increase the school graduation rate within our communities.
For the past few years we have maintained our core value in uplifting the youth and serving the community. Every year, the YDP keeps many children from the streets.
YDP is growing tremendously. We have over 150 youth members that we have inspired to participate in the activities that take place at Where Rainbows Meet.
The main objective of our youth development programs is to create new positive community leaders through soccer, performing art, Drama & Poetry, art, for each activity it includes Life Skills & Computer Training.
Early Childhood Development:
At the beginning of 2015, we had 51 children in 3 different divisions we are teaching: the toddlers (2-3 years old), the juniors (4-5 years old) and the preschoolers (5-9 years old). During the week the themes we teach vary, including animals, the body, personal hygiene and my home. Every month we cover a new theme to teach to the kids.
The teachers also observe their behavior. Weekly observations take place to gather information about the activities that is being done by the child as well as their milestones, strengths & weaknesses and their areas for development.
There are a lot of challenges we face:
- parents who are not bringing their children to our center on a regular basis and on time
- parents who are not attending the meetings we have
- children who can't speak English and work hard to understand us
Through parental guidance we try to help parents understand how important it is for them to bring their children to us on a regular basis and on time for the child's growth and benefit. This task is a difficult one to achieve. The children who have difficulties with english are working hard and we will help and support them.
Advice office & Outreach:
Issues such as high unemployment rate, drug, and alcohol abuse, and financial problems foster social problems including domestic violence and child abuse in the Vrygrond community. Our advice office is the first starting point in improving lives.
We would need your help in order to provide the material and the help needed in the community. The social auxiliary worker, the legal advice, the clothing bank and the counseling are the four domains in which we are currently active.
Together we can make a bigger difference!
Income generating projects:
Regarding the high unemployment rate we started different income generating projects to improve the living conditions within our communities by running the Sibanye organic gardening project, the Siyazenzela sewing and beading project, the community feeding scheme and the small business development.
The Sibanye organic gardening project is the green heart of our organization. The project offers more than 20 women the possibility of working on a regular basis and getting trained in gardening skills.
Siyazenzela ("we do it ourselves" in Xhosa) sewing and beading project is about the women in the community. Women from different cultural backgrounds and from different age groups are working together for a brighter future. This project seeks to equip women to become financially independent, speak out against abuse, and take control of their lives. During the weekly supporting group session, our adherence and health counselor, the ladies got the chance to share their personal issues and experience as well as be guided through others matters of concern in their lives. Knowing all their personal burdens makes us even more proud of them.
In a community where high and chronic unemployment takes its toll, proper nourishment becomes a luxury. Rainbows has established six feeding schemes in Vrygrond and surrounding settlements to provide disadvantaged community members with a path to a healthier life. We attach great importance to a balanced diet in order to strengthen the immune system. Last year 150 people were registered for a regular meal. It is a sad reality that the majority are women. Some of them were able to join one of our projects and/or got supported by getting grants from the Department of Social Development. In 2014, we built a new kitchen for the Sisonke scheme and moved the old container to Lavender Hill, where it now feeds around 180 children every week.
The small Business Development Project, encourages and supports the creation, growth and development of small businesses within our communities.In order to strengthen local businesses we are offering: business breakfasts for information and networking, business courses on how to create a business plan, advertising and administration support, and support with micro finances with our Kiva partner.