Programme overview

Overview

High unemployment and poverty means that many families don’t have enough food. Good nutrition is essential in helping those who are HIV positive to stay healthy. There are two types of projects within the Sustainable Livelihoods Programme: farming projects (vegetables, eggs and milk) and income generating craft projects: hand-embroidery, cards, knitting/crochet and sock animals. All these projects help to ensure that families have access to good, fresh food in sufficient quantities. 90% of those who participate in our Sustainable Livelihoods programme are women.

Programme updates

Heifer Project does 2 days training in response to Goat Management challenges identified by the CCWs.

38 members of Woza Moya go to Durban for the day, to sing at the closing ceremony of the Botanic Gardens International Congress and to visit Durban Botanic Gardens,

especially the Permaculture gardens. The 150 delegates give Star and Dumisile a standing ovation for the bags made for the Congress under the expert eye of volunteer Ronelle Wijnberg.

Operation Sock Monkey starts on 2 November 2009 with training by Lindsey Hodgson from Canada. Two new local ladies, Glynnis Shewan and Sue Pooler join Woza Moya as craft volunteers to help Benedicta oversee this new project. To support this project place your order at the Shop now!

5 days Permaculture training course with Durban Botanical Gardens at Woza Moya in July 2009.  Care Workers and other stakeholders in community, join training to make up 30 people in total. Chris Dalzell, curator of Durban Botanical Gardens and old friend of Woza Moya's arranged for 3 facilitators to come to Ufafa and conduct this course.

 

On 11 and 12 July 2009 at local Creighton Aloe Festival, Woza Moya has a table and does very well selling more than 200 cards with aloe designs on.

Ronelle Wijnberg comes on board as a craft volunteer to help guide the new bag making income-generating project at Woza Moya in May 2009.

Ronelle with her amazing eye for color and design, secures and facilitates an order of 150 bags for Durban Botanic Gardens for delegates attending an International Congress in November 2009. The main element of the bag is a beautifully crafted hand-embroidered square.

Durban Botanic Gardens Curator, Chris Dalzell, an old associate of the project, visits Woza Moya on 14 April 2009 to discuss partnership with regard to Woza Moya’s food security programme. Permaculture training is planned.

This retreat, arranged and guided by Kitissaro and Thanissara, brought a wonderful group of committed and hard working buddhists from UK and SA to Woza Moya in April 2008.  The work party was overseen by Matt York and they made a big difference in households affected by HIV and AIDS and poverty by re-establishing food gardens in these homes.

The card-making project is launched in July 2007, following comprehensive training by Leoni Malherbe, an artist from Durban.  Crafters embroider on squares of fabric, which are then glued on to cards for sale.  For the next three years the project is overseen by Shirley Moberly and has gone from strength to strength and helped many poor local women to bring in some regular income for their families.

In November 2006 the first 40 families receive food parcels whilst waiting for their foster care grants to be processed.  Monthly food parcels are part of the Food Security Programme and help the most vulnerable families to survive whilst waiting for the Foster Child Grant to come through.

Woza Moya goes into partnership with Heifer Project in order to address poverty, unemployment and malnutrition in the Ufafa community.

This results in the setting up of the Food Security Programme; the most vulnerable families are identified and supported in the establishment of home food gardens. This programme has grown tremendously over the years, now including animal husbandry, egg laying chickens and milk producing goats.

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