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The Chesed project aims to help address the ever rising need for early learning in our communities. We have partnered with various organisations to help develop, train and equip members of our communities into fully compliant early childhood development practitioners.

Our participants are trained and supported on multiple levels. We don’t follow a ‘one size fits all’ approach, but rather assess each individual’s abilities and needs. Training is provided in early childhood development, first aid, nutrition, digital literacy, job readiness and business development. Where needed, we aim to assist in acquiring infrastructure, learning materials and equipment. Our participants are not only teachers, but also mothers, wives, partners and members of communities, who require emotional and spiritual support. Our Beauty for Ashes programme helps victims of abuse find healing and support.

Our training and development partners include Isivuno (an NPO focused on training and development of early childhood development practitioners), the Community Workers Programme (CWP), Mentec Foundation, Singakwenza Education and Work 4 A Living.

The next phase is to set up a centralised training centre with an operational crèche to provide hands on training and skills development for the participants. Once they’ve completed all phases of the training, including the practical application thereof, it will enable them to set up their own early childhood development centres. The centres will create more job opportunities whilst addressing the urgent need for early learning centres that are also affordable for parents.