Planning a trip to visit community partners who are off the beaten track takes a lot of time and organising – but it is a very necessary part of what we do here at Ikhala Trust and has been our practice since we started the organisation in 2002. For many of the partners we visit – we are the only ‘outsiders’ who would take the time to come and see where and how they live, » Continue Reading
Ikhala Trust supports confident, vibrant organisations able to envision and catalyze positive change in their communities.
Ikhala Trust has been actively promoting Asset Based and Community driven Development (ABCD) through training, seminars and learning events over the past few years. The organisation also produces media and publications, to support a paradigm shift in the development sector. In addition to its 1 day ABCD fundamentals, and customised ABCD courses with networking partners, Ikhala also hosts a 3 ½ day ABCD course a few times per year at St Lukes Retreat Centre in Port Elizabeth. » Continue Reading
Somila CDA, based in Alice in the Nonkonkobe Municipality is an umbrella organisation for small rural community partners and has been in existence since 2012 and decided that they were grounded sufficiently to now officially launch the organisation and to celebrate their 4th year milestone – and this they did in true style. » Continue Reading
Today Vuyokazi and I had the pleasure of delivering these hand-knitted jerseys to, let’s call them ‘THE TWINS,’at a local township school. The jerseys were knitted by Mrs Phyllis Elliott (a big Ikhala Trust supporter). Aside from the jerseys, Melanie Preddy, our colleague, gave us money to buy school shoes. We did not want to deliver these before the elections, just in case there was suspicion that we were ‘seeking votes’. The twins are amongst hundreds of children living in very difficult conditions. » Continue Reading
A group of students representing the NMMU Tourism Society decided that they too wanted to reach out to others who were less fortunate and collected 4 bags of clothes which they donated to Ikhala Trust for distribution to community groups. The clothes were a blessing as we had just been approached by Machaba Community Organisation in Aqua-Park, Kirkwood for assistance with their youth day outreach. According to Sipho (in the photo) they would like to do more and liked the idea of getting involved in assisting with the purchase of school shoes as well as community gardens. » Continue Reading
"If you have a WHY to live for then there will always be a HOW"
As I write today’s newsclip, I write it with a Heavy and a Happy heart at the same time. Why is life so unfair for so many people and yet so full of abundance for others, and I regard myself as the latter. I have the privilege of doing my community rounds on a regular basis and today was no exception. » Continue Reading
Ikhala Trust held an ABCD Festival in November 2015 with the theme: “Small is the new big”. Over 120 participants attended the festival, and took part in four topic tents, interspersed with guest speakers and other activities.
The report compiled following the festival highlights what happened, and what remains to be done in the ABCD field.
Subsequent to many e-mails going back and forth we finally settled on the 19th – 21st April for a 3 day ABCD workshop in Jeffery’s Bay that attracted 23 participants representing 6 organisations. The organisers rallied together and were even able to get participants to make a financial contribution to their own refreshments over the 3 day period. Whilst some participants had some idea of what ABCD was all about – many had been exposed for the first time and it was clear that they were excited by the possibilities of working differently in their communities. » Continue Reading