In 2012 a group of community minded people identified a serious need for community development of the historically important area around Hogsback. Their main objectives became to work towards:
- Employment liaison and assistance for the locally unemployed;
- Skills development and training in various fields of activity;
- Practical support for local entrepreneurs and micro enterprises;
- Support and development of early stage childhood education;
- Promoting mutual respect and community cohesion.
Jikani’s efforts are vital in developing youth into productive members of society, whilst developing sustainable businesses that help tackle poverty and uplift communities.
The dedicated Jikani team has achieved much to date:
- Property purchased by a generous donor to accommodate the Jikani project
- Established successful charity shop, offices and training centre
- Set up infrastructure for IT skills classes, beading and sewing projects
- Provided support and guidance for the establishment of Malikanye pre-school
- Provided support and community liaison for Engineers without Borders
- Run an Eco-brick project to promote a plastic free Hogsback
These efforts have been achieved by our full-time staff and responsible Board, together with significant local charitable support.
We have now also most recently established a Business & Community Incubator to significantly expand our charitable activities underpinning our founding objectives.
Second Time Around charity shop
Our charity shop has become a firm favourite for a cross section of the community. The generous donations of clothes, household goods, electrical equipment and books enables even the poorest of people to clothe themselves and their children. The shop also provides an outlet for the local crafters to sell and showcase their crafts. The income from the shop provides part time employment for two ladies and covers the cost of electricity and expenses. Look out for us on the Main road in Hogsback and come and support our community!
IT Skills Training
This project is now in it’s second year; a collaboration with Thyume Valley Schools Project (a local British NGO who work with the local schools in the Thyume Valley to improve the standard of English and offer computer literacy classes). TVS provided a trainer; a past learner of theirs to instruct a group of people keen to learn the basics of Word and Excel.
At present the classes are limited to being held during working hours, however there is a great demand for these classes to expand to after working hours and weekends. Jikani has also committed to tutoring the Grade 7’s from Crabbush Primary School. The focus is to give young students an opportunity to interact with computers and educate them in the use of different programmes, whilst improving their English skills.
Beading, Sewing and Knitting Circles
The craft circles offer people a chance to learn new skills and a friendly environment in which to work. With the support of volunteers and donations of material, wood and other provisions; sewing lessons, beading lessons and the sharing and developing of ideas to make sell-able products, are made possible. The Jikani crafters are currently making a range of colourful shweshwe products including aprons, table runners and placemats, which are all available at the Second Time Around shop.
Dependable Strengths Workshops
Jikani recently partnered with the Dependable Strengths Foundation and was able to run 2 and 3 day Job Magnet workshops with a total of 18 participants successfully completing the training. The Job Magnet workshop focuses on training people to feel more in control of their futures and better prepare them for finding employment. 3 people were also trained as facilitators ensuring that the workshops can run on an ongoing basis.
The programme addresses a number of fundamentals such as: life skills development, developing team skills and empowerment of those lacking in confidence and self esteem by mobilising strengths and skills. These workshops can also be adapted to suit a number of requirements for any business or group. Should you be interested in the facilitators running a workshop for you and tailor making a programme to suit your requirements please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Taking inspiration from other projects from around the globe, Jikani has challenged the local community of Hogsback to fill 10,000 plastic bottles with non-biodegradable plastics and polystyrene that would otherwise be a big problem to dispose of. The focus of these is to create unique and useable structures around the community, to showcase the environmental building benefits of eco-bricks.
The Skillwise computing e-learning program is designed for learners that have not made it to matric level, whose job prospects are low and have generally had no prior experience with computers. Modules offered include basic IT concepts, file management, word processing and spreadsheets, as well as internet and email basics, and databases and presentations.
Skillwise e-learning offers learners a chance to study at their own pace and in their own time, whilst Jikani can offer a comfortable and supportive space to study. The programme requires around 120 hours to complete and the cost is R500 per learner / R150 per module, per learner. With the programme being MICT Seta approved, graduates can earn up to 70 SAQA credits to act as a gateway to many National Certificates.
Jikani is committed to empowering and encouraging anyone that would like to broaden their knowledge by learning basic computer skills. This is especially crucial for school leavers and the youth trying to find employment or wanting to study further. Most of these young people do not have access to computers at home and rarely do the local schools have these facilities or offer lessons.
Jikani is able to offer these courses to anyone interested; this would be in a paying capacity. For candidates that qualify for bursaries, a ‘pay it forward’ element is part of the requirement; by providing a certain number of completed eco-bricks for the reading room project. This creates a win-win situation where recycling and alternative building methods are highlighted, and the eco-brick project obtains much needed bricks.
Being able to use a computer is something that is generally taken for granted by most. Being able to offer bursaries and a chance for people to attain this knowledge automatically provides a chance for people to advance.
If you would like to sponsor a bursary for someone please contact us.