- Envisioning a 2021 -2025 education plan to ensure registration of children in better local school. Start an education fund for this purpose and raise funds through donations.
- On the childhood educational front, we would like to source suitable partners for special needs children and expose all children to more cultural, musical and sporting activities – for the purpose of social growth and development.
- Provide weekly art and craft stimulation for all children at the homework centre.
- Train and fully equip the ECD Centre so that it is fully operational for all children in the settlement by January 2020. Raise funds to secure payment for ECD practitioners and provision of adequate meals for the children.
- Provide daily healthy snacks for all school children in the homework centre and daily meals for all pre-schoolers.
- Purchase a container and all relevant equipment to start a soup kitchen, including training a volunteer within the community and providing remuneration.
- Starting a sustainable vegetable garden that will provide much of the food required for the soup kitchen.
- In addition to the Homework and ECD Centres we already have in place for the children, we aim to further utilize our on-site containers for the following projects:
- Skills development: to teach the women of Malacca various skills: sewing, knitting, creative arts, etc. Anything that would empower them to generate and sustain a business venture.
- Life Skills Training: to develop and strengthen coping mechanisms; decision-making skills; and communication skills. In so doing, empowering the people of Malacca to make responsible and informed life choices and promote healthy relationships.
As part of the ECD Centre project, two ECD practitioners from Malacca will be equipped with basic first aid training and there will be a stocked first aid kit on site. We’ve also identified the need to nominate a Community Health Advocate who can to educate families on general health issues.
We are in conversation with an NPO involved in healthcare who will be providing a primary health care clinic at the settlement.
An upgrade to the current sanitation facilities can only take place in partnership with the Municipality and relevant service providers, who will need to investigate the best possible means of separating grey water and toilet waste. In addition, the issue of good water damage in rainy seasons, and a means of suitable storm water drainage, requires attention. In striving for a healthy and safe environment, additional required interventions include, but are not limited to:
- More taps in closer proximity to the dwellings;
- Several black refuse bins for rubbish;
- Collection of refuse by DSW and a regular supply of black refuse bags;
- Mass dumping into supplied containers;
- Attending to trees that are old and break in the strong winds causing damages to the homes;
- Education about cleanliness and health issues – followed by a mass clean-up of the settlement and surrounding area.
- Pursue a litter recycling project through Litter 4 Tokens.
Understanding the importance of the family unit in bringing about transformation, our overall goal is to help one family at a time. In order to do so, we need to collect and evaluate information pertaining to their current situation, mindset and potential for change, using specific intervention strategies.