Op verzoek van SEEtrust reisde fotograaf Martine Kolner (Kairos Fotografie) de afgelopen jaren meerdere keren naar Zuid-Afrika. In de townships in Johannesburg fotografeerde zij de levensomstandigheden van de zwarte bevolking twintig jaar na de beëindiging van de apartheid. Continue reading
18twenty8 connects young women from the townships with professional women. The ‘big sister’ supports and stimulates the ‘little sister’ to choose a profession that suits her, and to invest in the necessary education. Continue reading
Martijn Faber en Frank van Haaren are – after a first SEEtrust collaboration of five weeks in August 2010 – back again: this time with a programme of their own: a five week massage programme for the Soccer Legends! Continue reading
Martine Kolner – a Dutch photographer – has collaborated with SEEtrust to portray women, men and children who live in the townships of Johannesburg, showing their life stories, their dreams, their successes and the challenges they face. Continue reading
In the afternoon we moved the focus from inside to outside. Leading questions were: how do children and the larger community benefit from the work the women do? And: what resources should be mobilised so their work can grow and can become sustainable? Continue reading
Last Friday the SEEtrust South African Women Network met for their third day of the Personal and Business Training Skills Programme. The morning was dedicated to sharing insights based on the wonderful individual meetings that Frans Sandbergen had had earlier in the week with each of the six women: Jeanette, Gladys, Nomathemba, Beatrice, Kena and Solange. Continue reading
Nomathemba has reached a major milestone today. Today she officially opened her after school programme at the Luyolo Primary School, located in Protea Glen (Soweto). After a difficult year in which building a good, solid working relationship with another school in the neighborhood turned out to be impossible, Nomathemba decided to focus her efforts on exploring possibilities in working together with the Luyolo School. Mr. Goodman Nkomo, the principal, and the governing board of the school have been very excited about the prospect of collaborating, right from the beginning. And now, four months later, Nomathemba’s dream has come true: as of tomorrow she will be providing thirty children in destitute circumstances with home work guidance, socio-psychological support and an afternoon meal.
Ineke Khalil, Janny van Lieshout and Maaike Klasen continue to be her SEEtrust supporting partners. Janny and Maaike have also been active as fundraisers, making sure Nomathemba has sufficient start-up funding: to be able to start her programme and to have the time to build her network of sponsors so her dependence on Janny and Maaike will have greatly diminished in six months time.
In January we welcomed Gladys as our latest member to the SEEtrust Women Network in Johannesburg. Gladys Siyothula started the Ethembeni Drop In Center in September 2008 in Dobsonville with 38 children. Early 2011 her center supports over 340 children (2-18 years) with a staff of 27. The initial focus of the SEEtrust partnership is:
(1) To create a managable workload and a high quality service through downsizing
(2) To secure partners and investors to grow the bakery as a profit making business
On February 23 the SEEtrust Women Network met for their second business skills training day. Ann Holt (Life Empowerment Training Skills) was there to explain the basics of financial management. It showed once more the importance of monthly budgeting to be able to establish a sustainable social organisation or a profit-making business. Continue reading
On Thursday, January 27th, the first Business Skills training meeting for the SEEtrust Women Network was held. It was a great success. The meeting focussed on defining where you want to be with your organisation in a year from now and to take ownership in making that happen. Gladys, Nomathemba, Kena and Beatrice left the meeting with a lot of energy and ready to get started with the action steps they had defined for themselves. The next training session will be February 23rd, focussing on Financial Management. Jeanette and Solange who had to miss out on yesterday’s meeting – they’ll catch up during a separate meeting with Ineke – will be joining as well.