Khula Community Projects
They started a community church and soon noticed the need for care for pre-school children left alone while carers went to work. With the help of local farmers and volunteers they started a small crèche. In mid-2009 Genesis and Zulu Aids Hilfe became involved, funds were raised and the Khula Community Centre was officially opened in May 2010.
A committee from the local community assists with information on meeting the needs of the community, and Genesis employs an Operations Manager to manage the centre.
The crèche now caters for about 74 children daily between the ages of 2 and 4. Five ladies from the local community have been trained in pre-school education and are employed permanently and managed by a programme leader. Two cooks also from the local community prepare two meals for the children per day.
There is also a feeding scheme in the afternoons that caters for over 120 primary school children from Enxolobeni Primary School nearby.
The Centre also offers other community upliftment programmes such as skills, a community gardening project, parenting training and food hampers for widows in the area.
The Skills programme teaches crafts such as beading, paper projects, sewing to about 22 people per semester.
In 2011, with donations from generous funders, building began on a Health Clinic which consists of a medical unit, a dental facility and a skills room. The medical unit is used by the Department of Health as an outpost. Nurses attend to up to 150 patients per week, distributing medication and attending to minor medical procedures.
The dental facility is well-appointed with necessary equipment such as a mobile x-ray unit with digital screen, a compressor and an autoclave for sterilizing. A dentist from Murchison Hospital visits once a week and attends to between 10 and 25 patients.
A soccer field has just been completed and children from the local schools will be encouraged to join a team which will compete with other teams in a local league.