Food Drop 2005
The Mavela Co-op Project
Sports, Culture and Skills Training Centre for the Youth (Sizebenzile High School)
Mavela News Update 2009
Mavela News Update 2008


This project started about two and a half  years ago with bead training, card making  and teaching some of the women sewing. However, it soon became clear that the women needed a place where they could work together and build up stock , as well as keeping the tools, like sewing machines and materials .
Last month, MCDI, one of the partners in the Mavela project, arranged for two week  sewing training workshop for 12 young women who are HIV positive. This was held in our co-op building. Our co-op ladies did all the catering , adding another aspect of fund raising.
The Sisterhood have started providing the co-op with second hand clothes to sell, the funds of these sales go towards providing for the vegetables and the upkeep of the centre. Last month, we took a number of the co-op ladies, the Health and volunteer committee chairmen to visit a well established centre with a clinic, computer centre , skills traing centre and crèche and vegetable gardens. The visit has given them all renewed enthusiasm to get their project going with other activities.

Mavela - Log Cabin for Co-Op_Paddy Saydoon Gertrude Elizabeth

Kitchen Log Cabin for feeding scheme of Child Headed Households

Kitchen Log Cabin for feeding scheme of Child Headed Households

Food Drop 2005

Mavela’s latest project !  
 Our latest very  exciting project  is the creation of  a  centre for the youth which will include  a soccer field,  a basket ball court , athletics track and a centre for meeting where  youth activities, including  art, drama, dance classes,  skills training, programs about health care and nutrition , as well as fun activities for the youth of Mavela will take place..
It is hoped  that these activities will help reduce the large number of teenage pregnancies and high HIV prevalence among our young people.*** (Link inside, but the whole article to be in the E.Khaya file.)
 We also hope to provide youth leadership training courses to ensure that we have  youth leaders for the younger children , that they can then help provide for the young ones.
 Unemployment rates in many parts of Ndwedwe are as high as 70 and even 80%. Many of the young people between the ages of 18 and 30 have never had permanent employment and are unlikely to obtain it, particularly in the present economic climate,   unless they are given the opportunity to learn new skills.
The KZN IRC  Youth Task team will assist with programming. We hope to arrange sports clinics with various sports clubs for the youth, to help train facilitators and coaches. They will also provide the young people with good role models, and ensure that activities are there for the youth.
The members of the Mavela Community, headed up by Nkosi Ngcobo and Induna Ngcobo have ben extremely supportive in making things happen. Thenks also to the Mavela committee and all the sub committee members for their inout.
Special thanks to the principal , Mr S Mdluli of Sisebenzile High School for providing the facilities and for his wonderful support in helping to put the program in place.


At Sisebenzile High School with the principal, Mr Mdluli

Gertrude and Saydoon with girls from School on the proposed soccer field grounds  at Sisebenzile High School.


One of  the major problems in KwaZulu Natal is that of the huge number of teenage pregnancies that are occurring on an ever increasing rate. We have had request from schools to come and start crèches at their school to ensure that the young girls who are having theses babies, some  as young as 11 and 12 years old, will come back to school. Obviously, another concern directly related to this , is that of the young girls becoming HIV +. In the past 18months Mavela crèche has had almost babies coming in, most of them from young girls.
Together with MCDI and the Health committee, we hope to set up a VCT/PMTCT Centre where young pregnant women (and girls) could come for help and particularly, come to be tested (VCT) for HIV. If they test  positive, they could then be taught about the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) and if negative be encouraged to stay that way . Today  with dual anti-retro viral therapy, the chance of the babies being HIV Positive, can be greatly reduced. At one of the hospitals in Durban, they have brought the rate of infection in new born babies to just 5%. In rural communities, sadly this is much higher.

We therefore hope to create an HIV /AIDS centre which would have this facility as well as the setting up of support groups and other areas of need. We have had informal talks with staff from the provincial departments and we believe that this program would be given very positive support and assistance by the Health and Social Development departments.


Youth from the Temple David painting the mural at Creche

Layout foundations of Hospice

Doris Zungu - founder member of creche and first principal; with her son (Paddy centre)

Creche Babies

Christmas Party


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