The Mankosi community in South Africa deals with poverty and unemployment. In cooperation with skilled Xhosa individuals, the Skills Development Center will offer individuals the right program that provides them of insights in the possibilities of job opportunities and a sustainable income. The Skills Development Center is about regaining confidence in their own capacities and future possibilities. This way we can break the poverty circle!
Unemployment, poverty, hopelessness and alcohol abuse are the main challenges confronting the Mankosi community in South Africa. This already starts after finishing high school; the Mankosi youth often spends their days unemployed, without a fair chance. The Skills Development Center (SDC) will offer a program each year, wherein the students learn a valuable skill. This way, the Mankosi youth will provide for themselves and their community of a sustainable income and will regain confidence in a
We believe in the power of the local people, and therefore we first have formulated the most valuable skills together with the Mankosi people: sewing, driving, organic agriculture (agroecology) and basic computer skills. Now, it's time to offer these skills to, and together with, the Mankosi community in the SDC. Besides, the learning programs make the students aware of all the different job opportunities, by inviting local and international professionals to give courses to broaden their ideas a
In a period of two years, we will focus completely on the kickstart of the project: establishing the center and implementing the above mentioned trainings. When the SDC opens in December 2019, the local volunteers will take over and will get a paid job with the aim to empower the community completely. After the milestone of two years, the SDC is able to train 57 students a year. Within a year, a student has obtained an official skill-related certificate and is able to apply the skill to become s