At Kamcare we believe that the world can be changed through training. Through training we believe that people can grow to overcome challenging circumstances and emerge as contributors to their own communities and the broader South African society.
Training courses differ from time to time depending on the needs identified by the community.
The following training courses are offered :
Other training presented in the past were: home management skills, NPO training, - day care mother's training, Bible school, parental skills and marriage preparation training.
As part of our empowerment dream, this training fits perfectly. The baking classes teach domestic workers and other interested students basic baking rules such as measurements, how to read a recipe and implementation of the recipe received. Everyone that attends enjoys the training immensely and it is very fulfilling to see how the mixing of a few ingredients in a specific method can bring about lovely looking and tasty muffins / cookies / various breads or cupcakes.
Every week ±12 women from the community travel and walk a long way to get together at Kamcare’s sewing skills training groups. This training is presented by volunteers from the Dutch Reformed Church Kameeldrif as well as one of our entrepreneurs. There are currently 2 groups: On Tuesdays new learners are taught how to work with a sewing machine and basic training is given. On Thursdays the group of women make clothes for themselves. The women enjoy this training tremendously since it is a place where they can get recognition and their self worth is increased. The women became very close and enjoy the companionship. Our aim is to get contracts for the women in order to earn them more income.
One of the ladies who teach at the sewing project have this to say:
Teaching sewing to women who have never sewn or worked with a sewing machine before is an enriching experience for us. They are all such nice friendly people and we have learned so much from them particularly about contentment despite the most needy and difficult circumstances. - Magriet du Preez
Kamcare also offers gardening skills training. The training is presented by a professional landscaper and has been very successful. By acquiring new skills community members increase their work opportunities while also enriching themselves. Trainees greatly enjoy this course.
Kamcare wants to see individuals grow and become responsible citizens in their families, the local community as well as in South Africa. Therefore a major part of the leadership training course consists of life skills training. We try to address for example: good communication and conflict management, leadership styles that is also applicable in family relationships. Other themes are: how to hold a meeting and how to write minutes. The learners personally grow a lot during this course. It is very fulfilling to hear a learner telling how he applied a skill learned in class at home, and it really worked.
The course is mainly attended by people from plot 175 and plot 111 (two informal settlements).