Collaborating with beneficiary organisations that bring about positive change in our communities is at the core of our efforts.
Change Makers Worcester is one of FoodForward SA’s 1,000 beneficiary organisations and is located in Worcester in the Western Cape. It was established by Erena van Deventer in 2011 and became an independent non-profit organisation in February 2018. The organization seeks to address gang and drug-related issues so that the affected men can live meaningful lives and contribute back to society.
Says Van Deventer, “Because we’re a residential care facility for ex-gangsters and ex-addicts, we provide them with three nutritious meals a day as well as in-between tea time snacks. The staff also enjoy meals with the men. Children from the neighbourhood often come in for meals too. We are not government funded and we rely on donations and grants to provide in our daily needs and running costs, therefore we are very grateful for the help we receive from FoodForward SA.”
The organisation’s behaviour modification programmes include team buildings, family reconciliations as well as teaching opportunities and skills training. The men enjoy learning new skills, working with their hands and making things such as jewelry. Apart from screen printing, welding, carpentry and beadwork, their latest development is making and selling cement blocks.