To ensure the future of the organisation, we have launched a number of sustainable development programmes. These not only provide a source of income but also create employment opportunities for adults in the local community.
In South Africa, the rate of youth unemployment continues to rise. The latest figures show that 48% of South African’s aged between 15 and 34 are unemployed. This has left many trapped in the poverty cycle and unable to see a way out.
At LIFE, we have developed a number of programmes designed to create employment opportunities in the local communities. These job creation schemes not only uplift those employed but also provide a sustainable source of income to ensure we can continue to reach those in need.
Over the years, we have employed many adults who were previously out of work. This group included the parents and caregivers of the children we serve. During their time with us, they acquired basic work skills, which greatly improved their chances of securing future employment.
Our main job creation project is called ISIPHO, which is the Xhosa word for ‘gift’. It first started as a means of teaching skills to previously unemployed adults in the community, as well as providing them with a sustainable income. The project has since expanded and we now employ 6 ladies on a full-time basis. Together, they sew, knit and crochet handmade products that are then sold at local markets, through churches, businesses, and online.
Along with a group of dedicated volunteers, the group also teach young girls at our centres how to sew, knit and crochet.