UpLIFT a Life, a family, a community
LIFT currently runs several projects that focus on health and food security. We run workshops to teach vocational and life skills. We support children with special needs, and vulnerable women.
We ask for donations of goods and materials. These can be delivered to the Moreletapark Gemeente at 1353 De Villebois Mareuil Dr, Pretoria East during Monday to Thursday: 08:00-19:00 and Friday: 08:00-15:00
Luckson is a little boy that came to our clinic when he was about 3 months old. He was born with a cleft palate and his mother struggled with his feeding. Luckson was underfed and suffering from malnutrition. A volunteer at our clinic made contact with Operation Smile. They paid for the operations to repair Luckson’s cleft palate and to put in a temporary plate. LIFT paid for all the travel money to get mother and child to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital and for all the clinic fees. A LIFT Community Health Worker also accompanies Luckson and his mother every time he needs to go to the hospital because his mother is not proficient in English.
Luckson’s weight picked up and he is now a happy 1-year-old boy. Unfortunately, the plate fell out and he has not gone for another operation because of the hospital being closed after a fire. Operation Smile provides the family with a food voucher every month and LIFT buys the groceries and delivers it to the family.
Pardon Mazorodze is a 3-year old boy living in Woodlane Village (Plastic View) an informal settlement in the East of Pretoria. He has club feet that has never been treated before.
LIFT, in cooperation with “Steps”, has started with the long process to correct his feet. He is treated in Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto and needs R565 per week in order to travel there with his mother and for clinic fees. Thank you for your help to give Pardon new feet!
The ArtLIFT Project started in April 2019. The aim of the project is to teach the residents of Woodlane Village to make articles/crafts that LIFT then sells for them in order for them to receive an income that can assist with supporting their families. The classes take place every Monday from 9:00 to 11:00 from FEB – OCT.
The ladies learn how to do macrame and make pot plant hangers and key holders. They are also taught to make gift tags, Christmas decorations from beads, and necklaces made with beads and crochet work. Every winter the ladies are also taught to loom and they make woollen hats that they can sell in the village.
Items are sold on craft markets in Pietersburg, Rustenburg and Pretoria and items can also be ordered from LIFT.
The women are very proud of the money that they earn and feel a sense of confidence that their circumstances do not often cultivate.
Street Medicine Project
The Woodlane Village Clinic started on 8 February 2017 in cooperation with the University of Pretoria (UP). The Clinic is part of the COPC (Community Oriented Primary Care) project that UP has in cooperation with the Department of Health in informal settlements.
UP supplies a medical doctor and Dietician and 6 Community Health Workers (CHW), who serve at the clinic every Wednesday morning from 7:30 to 12:30. LIFT employs 2 CHW’s as well as a medical sister that provides a family planning service for the women of the two villages on Thursday mornings from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Woodlane Village Clinic. …Read More… or watch this video to find out how it all started.
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 to the residents of Woodlane Village at a very affordable price.
Woodlane Village Women that help with the LIFT projects also receive tokens with which they can buy clothing at the 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 them to the Community Store.
The store is located at the church address: 1353 De Villebois Mareuil Drive, Moreleta Park, PTA.
Pendula Children’s Store
Twice a year the children of Pure Hope School are provided with the opportunity to do recycling for six weeks. As remuneration for items they collected they earn “pendulas” (paper money). Items received from donations of food, toiletries, stationery, clothes, toys and sweets are used to create a pop-up shop where the children can spend the money they have earned.
A guide assists them with their purchases and they are expected to buy from each station. It is great to see how they try to buy something for each one in their family!
In this way the children learn to care for the environment, they learn about basic economic principles, they are empowered to look after themselves and their families and, importantly, they learn that hard work is rewarded, allowing them to experience the joy of independence.
Women’s Support Groups
Domestic violence is a big challenge for the women of Woodlane Village and a weekly support group is offered to these women.
Sessions include information and awareness on all kinds of abuse, skills on how to deal with abuse, building up their confidence and creating a network of women in the village that can support each other.
A support group for new mothers are also presented including baby massage and many practical help with their role as mothers.
Domestic Worker and Cooking Training Program
This program is presented 4 times per year to 10 women at a time. The program includes 6 cooking classes in addition to 6 classes on washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, domestic violence, HIV/Aids awareness, alcohol and drug dependency, parenting skills, communication and conflict management.
The students receive a certificate on completion of the training program and LIFT then serves as a platform through which they are employed.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to employ one of the ladies. Thank you to Martie van Zyl who presented the cooking classes and all the other volunteers who shared their skills and experience with the ladies!
Baby Bag Project
Pregnant women are encouraged to attend birth classes presented by the LIFT medical sister. Subjects such as birth and what to expect, breastfeeding, and other important information are covered. LIFT motivates the women to attend the classes by giving them 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, washcloth, baby blanket, baby grow, feeding bottle and a soft toy.
Baby and Mommy Classes
On Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 10:00, FEB to OCT Francis and her helpers give classes to moms and their babies. We will start on the 8th of Feb with Sr. Adele who has volunteered to do the baby CPR class. Classes cover baby massage, how to play with your baby, feeding and sleeping advice and supporting moms with postpartum depression.
Veggies for Life
LIFT presents a workshop where Woodlane Village residents are trained to make a veggie bag. Each person receives a bag, 2 wheelbarrows of topsoil, a bag of compost, a bag of crushed stones/pebbles and 50 spinach and onion seedlings. Veggies are planted seasonally, but spinach is very popular and can be eaten the whole year.
The residents are motivated to maintain their veggie bags by means of a competition and many residents take up the challenge to provide for their own family by making a veggie bag. LIFT also sponsor 50 % of the cost of seedlings and compost for those residents who already have their own veggie garden.
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.
On Wednesdays from 9:00 to 14:00 women learn how to crochet and knit and the items that they produce are sold to generate their own income.