The Schools Healthy Living Programme
Enables sustainable healthy living by training school communities in cultivation and livelihoods skills and encouraging the transfer of skills to the surrounding community as well as supporting the school’s feeding scheme. The introduction of indigenous plants restores African plant based culture and assists in protection of biodiversity. Each year our training takes place in twenty-six schools. In a year, Umthathi empowers 1,650 learners and educators.
The Community Healthy Living Programme
Enables sustainable healthy living by training community members in cultivation, home based health, nutrition, hygiene and livelihoods skills so they can feed themselves and their families as well as earn an income by selling excess produce from backyard and community gardens. Umthathi trains and empowers over 500 community members. Each community participant has on average 5 children they care for in their homes and each person trains/influences a minimum of another 20 – 30 people in a year. Our monitoring, evaluation and performance sessions indicate that approximately 33,000 people per year benefit directly and indirectly from our training.
The Champions/Beneficiary Support Programme
It increases the effectiveness of the Healthy Living Programme. It improves sustainability and extends the reach of our training and therefore increasing its impact. This is done by further capacitating some of our trained beneficiaries into becoming Champions/ Volunteer Community Trainers, who will then train and mentor groups and individuals in their own communities to become more cohesive; sustainable and productive groups. These Champion self select into the programme and convey high levels of enthusiasm and competence for this kind of work.
Umthathi Training Project Trust has leased land that is more than a hectare from Makana Municipality behind Umthathi House in Extension 7 (commonage area), for community development, to ensure sustainable food security and income generation purposes. The plots are made available to interested and committed people to enable them to produce food for household purposes and for small-scale business opportunities. We have 85 beneficiaries who are actively involved in the garden with more than 250 cultivated plots of 1X4 metres (1000 m2). These members have developed a strong sense of teamwork, commitment and ownership of the programme.