A great example demonstrating the effectiveness of system interventions, aimed at addressing all needs within the community, was demonstrated through a programme in the Kuruman region of the Northern Cape. The aim was to provide sustainable, collaborative, integrated community empowerment and safety programmes targeting behaviour change and providing opportunities for self-actualisation. An array of programmes were included in order to address the multi-faceted needs of this complex community
The interventions provided over a 2 ½ year period had a significant impact on beneficiaries, resulting in a measurable increase in self-esteem, motivation, communication and problem solving skills. Amongst women, coping mechanisms, stress management and dealing with trauma, were significantly improved upon. The young men on the programme were able to reflect on their behaviour and there was a significant decrease in anger and violence. The programme enhanced the knowledge and skills of parents, having a positive impact on family life in general. The facilitators of the programme, drawn from a cohort of unemployed youth, were trained by Khulisa and made an extremely positive contribution in their communities. The majority of them have now started tertiary education or are employed.
Impact of the integrated community approach
Khulisa includes professional monitoring and evaluation in all projects to report back on the achievements and constantly improve all interventions.
Main outcomes and the impact of the HEARD project include:
The programme has a huge impact on the beneficiaries resulting in a higher self-esteem, more motivation and better communication- and problem solving skills. Besides, women improve their coping mechanisms, have more effective stress management strategies and show less trauma related psychological symptoms. Young men are able to reflect on their own behavior and show better anger management strategies. The programme improved the knowledge and skills of parents and had a positive impact on the family life in general. The facilitators and volunteers that are trained by Khulisa made a positive contribution in their communities and more people started a tertiary education or found employment.
“Ploughing back into the community that reared me to be who I really am, is the feeling that wordily I cannot be able to describe in length – it is a very special feeling.” – Patrick Lekaota, Programme Facilitator, HEARD Project
We thank everybody that made this intervention a success!