Food is Life Project

Food is Life Project

October 16th was World Food Day. According to Food Aid Foundation, around 795 million people do not have adequate food to enable them to lead a healthy life. In South Africa, an estimated over 2 million children do not get enough food to sustain adequate growth and development. This often leads to stunted growth among children, most of them living in remote disadvantaged communities. Over the years, one of the ways we have positively contributed towards addressing this hunger crisis has been through the distribution of e’Pap to orphans and vulnerable children in Ndumo and Madikwe. e’Pap is a fortified food supplement that promotes nutrient repleteness by providing these children with the basic nutrients essential for their growth. It is worthwhile to consider that the cost of providing an orphan or vulnerable child with a monthly supply of ePap and food parcels costs around R100.00 – the approximate price of two muffins and two cups of coffee in an average restaurant. Visit https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/Mjk1NjQ= to learn how you can make a difference.
World Rhino Day at Rethabile Primary School

World Rhino Day at Rethabile Primary School

For World Rhino Day, ERP had a short talk/ presentation on the importance of rhinos as part of the community’s heritage. This was held at Rethabile Primary School in Kekana Gardens. Our aim was to create awareness and celebrate rhinos as species that need to be preserved and protected not only for current generations but for future ones as well, and what better way to do so than interact with the younger generation of scholars in the area. To make the presentation fun and interactive, we asked a few questions and handed out some gifts and goodies to students who got the responses correct.

SAPCONET donates two bicycles to Kekana Gardens community members

SAPCONET donates two bicycles to Kekana Gardens community members

Thanks to Meryke Mare and her team at SAPCONET, two community members from Kekana Gardens are now beneficiaries of brand new bicycles to assist them get by daily. The two both have a condition called club foot, which affects the way they walk. Aaron works at the Pfaranani Skills Training Centre as a caretaker,  whilst the young girl is 10 years old currently doing Grade 5 at a local primary school in Kekana Gardens. We applaud the SAPCONET team, as ERP Ambassadors, for committing to assist these two through their in-house fundraising activity. The smiles on both beneficiaries’ faces truly tell a story.

Impactful ICT Training Through ERP

Impactful ICT Training Through ERP

Through their Enterprise Development spend, iLAB, a member of Groupelephant.com,  funded a portion of the development of the IT Centre in Vaalwater. This funding support, given to a youthful George Boya of Reshma Business Development has resulted in the establishment of TWO accredited IT enterprises. Having started at  the Vaalwater centre, George moved out to Bakenberg which is home to 48 villages due to the need for IT Training in the area as well. To date, these IT enterprises have created 2 permanent jobs, whilst 13 local students have secured employment opportunities in various institutions after completing the computer training course. Additionally, the Vaalwater centre conducts training for residents in town, learners and educators and many employees who work on game farms.

#Bikes4ERP’s direct and indirect impacts so far.

#Bikes4ERP’s direct and indirect impacts so far.

With the recent deployment of 100 bicycles, #Bikes4ERP has directly benefited 186 students in Madikwe and Blouberg, with an additional over 200 students benefiting from reallocation of bicycles over the past 3 years. This means that we have been able to get students to travel faster to and from school, whilst reducing their rates of absenteeism in class. On the other hand, we have created social enterprise opportunities for 2 bike mechanics who constantly assist assist the students with any repair work to the bicycles.

 

 

ERP introduces solar and green energy awareness to Kekana Gardens

ERP introduces solar and green energy awareness to Kekana Gardens

This past Wednesday, ERP had a solar energy and green technology awareness training at Pfaranani Centre in Kekana Gardens. This was hosted in collaboration with University of Johannesburg’s Process Energy and Environmental Technology Station (PEETS), with the aim of assisting the local youth in setting up enterprises in green energy that will be able to address the unemployment challenge within the community. The next part of this training will now include the practical aspects, having identified 18 youth who are keen on growing businesses within the solar and green technology space.

 

#BIKES4ERP

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When an invitation to be a part of the #BIKES4ERP initiative was extended to me, I jumped at the chance. I did not know what to expect, but after the first meeting I knew it was going to be something very special.

Gert Vermeulen and Nicolai van der Merwe share a passion for cycling and established a group called, BOMB (Believers on Mountain Bikes). In 2017 they raised funds and delivered 86 bicycles in the town of My Darling, which is situated in the Blouberg area in Limpopo Province. After the success of the first outreach, they planned for 8 months and raised funds once again. This time their tireless work enabled them to raise enough funds to deliver 100 bicycles in the rural town of Maretlwane, North West Province.

Here follows my account of an incredible initiative and a remarkable and rewarding weekend spent with a special group of people.

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iLAB sponsors playground at orphan day care centre

iLAB sponsors playground at orphan day care centre

iLAB, part of Groupelephant.com, recently sponsored a playground for the orphan day care centre in Kekana Gardens. Prior to this, the children did not have any form of playground, and had to improvise using tyres which in some instances doubled as flower beds. Today, the children have a jungle gym and playground that they call their own, and the excitement on their faces says it all. Thank you iLAB for bringing hope and happiness to these children.