PROJECTS

LIFT currently runs several projects that focus on health, food security, vocational and life skills, and supporting vulnerable woman.
Looking after their health and emotional well-being is our priority.

Food Distribution

LIFT Community Development together with Moreleta Park Church and Jackie Botha of the Informal Settlements Forum (ISF) held 8 Food Drives during the course of the lockdown for Woodlane Village.

It has been a miracle to be able to do 10 food drives over the course of 2 ½ months with 1800 food packets being distributed to every shack owner every time. One thousand food packets were distributed at Woodlane Village and 800 at Cemetery View. The distributions were covered with prayer and God kept His hand over the whole process – no incidences of violence or non-cooperation took place.  READ MORE

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STREET MEDICINE

The Woodlane Village clinic was established in February 2017 in cooperation with the University of Pretoria. The clinic is open every Wednesday from 8:00 to 12:00 with the following services:

  • Basic medical care
  • Family planning
  • HIV testing and counselling
  • Social work services
  • Dietetics: children under the age of 6 are weighed and measured, given Vitamin A and de-worming. Supplements are provided to children with malnutrition.
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Women’s Support Group

Domestic violence is a big challenge for women living in Woodlane Village. A weekly support group is offered to these women.

Seven sessions over the course of seven weeks are presented to a group of 12 women at a time promoting awareness and information on all kinds of abuse, skills on how to deal with abuse, discovering their worth and beauty in the eyes of their Creator where they learn that they are uniquely created.

A session where they have the opportunity to create something beautiful, a practical session on nutrition for the family and guidance on parental skills and safety in the home are included. Sessions are presented by passionate volunteers.
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Domestic Worker Training Program

Currently this program is presented 4 times per year to 10 women at a time. The program includes 7 cooking classes in addition to 7 classes on washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, business skills, HIV/Aids awareness, alcohol and drug dependency, parenting skills, communication and conflict management and home care for the elderly.

The students receive a certificate on completion of the training program and LIFT then serves as a platform through which they are employed.

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Community Store

LIFT receives a lot of second hand clothing, kitchen articles, toys etc with which 30 welfare organisations are supported. The extra stock is sold on Fridays from 9:00 to 12:00 at the Moreleta Park Church Community Store.

The funds from the sales are used to buy non-perishable food for 25 of these organisations. You can donate your second hand, usable articles to LIFT by bringing it to the Community Store.

The store is located at 1353 De Villebois Mareuil Drive, Moreleta Park, PTA.

Veggies for Life project

The majority of the children under 6 who are weighed and measured at the clinic are stunted. These children’s families then receive two tires, proper soil and seedlings and are taught to plant their own veggies.

Veggies are planted seasonally, but spinach is very popular and can be eaten the whole year.

You can donate seedlings, tires, soil or fertiliser.

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Baby Bag Project

Pregnant women receive a baby bag with the necessities for post-natal care. The content of the bag includes New Born diapers, surgical spirits, cotton wool, maternity pads, baby bum cream, baby wipes, aqueous cream, baby soap, wash cloth, baby blanket, baby grow, feeding bottle and a soft toy.

If you would like to DONATE some of these items, deliver it at Moreletapark Congregation’s reception
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Gardener Training

As in most of our country, unemployment is also a big problem in Woodlane Village.

LIFT trains men from the Village in gardening skills and also add some life skills to the training, such as drawing up a budget, family relationships, health and safety and other essential topics.

The students receive a certificate on completion of the training program and LIFT then serves as a platform through which they are employed.

Art-LIFT

Every second week residents from Woodlane Village are taught how to create articles from recycled material. The goal is to teach them a skill that they can apply to create an income.

Some of the articles that they create are sold on Sunday mornings after the Moreletapark church service. Articles are also created to be sold at the Unique Market that will take place end of November at the Moreletapark Congregation.

The classes are presented by volunteers.

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Needlework classes

On Mondays from 9:00 to 14:00 women learn how to sew with a sewing machine and how to make clothing, aprons, bags and other items that they can sell.

LIFT partners with a company that produces children’s clothing and some of the women are employed by this enterprise.

On Wednesdays from 10:00 to 14:00 women learn how to crochet and knit and the items that they produce are sold to generate their own income.

Volunteers that enjoy their own needlework present these classes.
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