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Poverty Eradication

"Today, almost half of South Africans are living below the poverty line, surviving on just over R500 a month - an improvement from 1993, where this was the case for the majority of the population.

Yes, poverty has gone down over time - but clearly not enough. And this is only part of the dilemma we face in South Africa, because while poverty levels decline, inequality has increased and the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to grow."- Mail & Guardian, September 2011.

Poverty, unemployment and inequality are aspects of our areas that are still at a disadvantage. Due to the increase in the poverty line, this has impacted on 20% of the population. The latest statistics show that more than 20% of South Africans live in extreme poverty and are not able to pay for basic nutritional requirements. Almost 40% don’t have enough money for food and non-food items. Therefore, they have to sacrifice food to pay for transport and airtime so that they continue the cycle of lower paid work or in searching for work.

About 50% of the population can afford enough food and non-food items but fall under the widest range of poverty which overall impacts the quality of life.

Our concern at Mustadafin Foundation is the ripple effect that poverty has on communities and families. For many people it’s not just the lack of money that impacts them but poverty becomes an educational issue since education is less affordable; it becomes a health issue since medical care is out of reach and it also becomes a safety issue since neighbourhoods and towns become victimised by violence and lack the resources to counter-act.

There’s a strong consensus that without the growing number of NGO’s present that there would be chaos and destruction in society that would not only lead to loss of property but even worse than that, life. Mustadafin Foundation has responded to this growing epidemic with the following solutions:

• The Early Childhood Development Centres are used to build solid foundations. These foundations lead to real opportunities and strength for the future.

• Youth that are at risk are trained in life skills and values that lead to good life choices.

• Our tutoring programmes support youth in achieving better to reduce dropout rates.

• The Sewing Skills Programmes ‘Stitch by Stitch’ trains unemployed women in the basics of making a garment and in the business basics to run their own small businesses.

• We use Adult Literacy Programmes to improve the literacy levels so that graduates can apply into entry level jobs.

• We facilitate grant applications for people needing government assistance.

• We provide warm nutritious meals daily through all of our centres and other areas to provide relief.

• The ‘Isibindi Project’ in partnership with NACCW has been implemented through our Tafelsig branch to sustain employment but also to aid child-headed house-holds so that they can go through school and fully develop to their greater potential.