Posted by Wouter De Meyer on November 19, 2011 0 comments
After a few months of looking for a computer teacher we finally have a volutneer who joined ENZA and has decided to help us. Her name is Johanna and she is a Medical Student, and taking a sabatical year from her studies and decided to get involved with ENZA. We are very happy to have the Computer skills training up and running again. The waiting list is long and we are pleased to start the skills course again. So far we have 18 women involved with the course. It runs twice a week for 4 weeks.
We are also starting an advanced course, for the younger women in their mid – 20′s. There was a demand for this and ENZA has now embarked on this idea giving the women a chance to learn additional programmes such as Excel, Power point and gaining internet skills that will give them an advantage in the future. Which is exactly what we want for these women, a brighter future in a competitive world.
Posted by Wouter De Meyer on July 21, 2011 0 comments
The Life Skills course got the ladies from Mbewenki and New Rest Community exploring their personal goals, decision making skills and their employability status and what they can do to make themselves active members of their communities or in a workplace. The hopes expressed by few of the ladies were to contribute to the betterment of their communities by simple use of their existing skills. Some women had a desire to start their own businesses, some wanted to work on a volunteer basis in community building activities while others had a keen eagerness to get themselves back into formal paid work. By identifying the ladies strengths, weaknesses and creating an updated resume, most women were able to come out of the course with a clear vision of the hard work that is involved in fulfilling one’s personal ventures and the opportunities that could be available to them if they take the first step of putting themselves out there.
Thelma Qolo studying hard for her Life skills test
Posted by Wouter De Meyer on April 6, 2011 0 comments
Yesterday we had a graduation party at the ENZA centre for 10 fantastic students, who have now completed a Life Skills and Basic Computer program. One student Gladys Maseng who completed the course with distinction made a speech.
Posted by Wouter De Meyer on March 17, 2011 0 comments
The ladies are progressing nicely through the basic computer training course here at Enza. It is great to see how keen they are to become computer literate. The computer still very much an unfamiliar thing to many of them and it will take a lot of practice to remember all the things they have been learning. The youth are quicker at learning new concepts and find it easy to remember new command functions. The copy and paste functions in MS word have proved to be quite difficult even for the fast learners, but it is nice to see the ladies coming into the centre in their own time to practice the skills. Some also come in their own time to practice their touch typing skills. This week they have been busy creating their own CV’s on MS Word.
This week the Enza Skills and Learning Centre opened its doors with the commencement of Adult Basic Education Training (ABET) literacy and numeracy classes. In addition, young school girls in the community come to the centre in the afternoons to do their homework under the supervision of an experienced teacher. Computer Classes, needlework classes and handcraft groups will commence in the next few weeks.
More than 100 volunteers from the Drakenstein, Franschoek and greater Cape Town areas worked over the weekend of 11- 12 September to help complete the finishings and food garden for the Enza Skills Centre in Mbekweni. What a transformation! We managed to complete the painting, create a beautiful food garden, clean up the surrounding municipal green area as well as sand and varnish desks. » Read more…
During the WEEKEND of 11 to 12 September we need about 60 volunteers to each work a 3 hour shift to complete the furnishing and painting of our new learning and skills centre in Mbekweni township, Paarl near Cape Town. » Read more…
It is hard to imagine what it is like to be 19-years-old having only a younger sister and never having had a decent place to stay. Whitney dropped out of school when she was 12-years-old. She had to take care of her mother who had HIV.
She had a boyfriend at the age of 14 and soon became pregnant. When she came home from giving birth, her mum had died as there was no one to give her the medicine while Whitney was away.
The boyfriend vanished and she had no place to stay with her baby. A 15-year-old single mother. At the age of 17 she got pregnant again and is now single with two children. » Read more…