We at Kamcare dream of healthy communities in which individuals can grow. We are committed to assisting communities to develop to their full potential. Certain unique challenges are posed to development in the Kameeldrift area, and the Kamcare Community Development Centre is committed to facing these challenges.
The area surrounding the Roodeplaat dam, called Kameeldrift, is about 20 minutes drive from the city-center of Pretoria, the capital of South Africa. The surface-area consists mostly of smallholdings, but two fairly large and fast-growing informal settlements can be found, as well as various other extremely poor small communities. Infrastructure in these communities is limited to less than a bare minimum required for healthy living, there are little opportunities for children, and unemployment, illiteracy and poverty is very high.
In these circumstances Kamcare Community Development Center has a hands-on approach in addressing practical needs.
Kamcare wants to make a difference in the quality of life of the people in for example informal settlements like plot 175 Kameeldrift. Plot 175 accommodates roughly 3000 people. Infrastructure in this area is basically non-existent, with no electricity, and only 3 taps for the 3000 people. Kamcare also wants to address the conservation of the earth and her scarce resources. At the end of 2009 Lloyds Register became a partner in accomplishing our dream as part of their 250 th anniversary. Since then the project grew a lot and we now have 259 units in plot 175 and 42 units in plot 123 benefiting 1103 people.
The project entails the following:
We supply each home with a Lithium Solar Kit that can light up a 20 square meter room for 10 hours. This will enable a family to have sufficient light after the sun sets and thus enable school children to do their home work. It will also enable the family to charge cellphones, which will in turn make a family more accessible for work opportunities.
Two local residents were identified, trained and are assisted in installing and maintaining the solar panel units.
You can become involved by donating R400 for a solar panel unit for one house.
Blankets, food and clothes are donated to needy families when they have a crisis. It is important for us to enroll these families in the other Kamcare services like the training courses.
Volunteers from the church and Kamcare community is reaching out to people in Baviaanspoort correctional facility, various old age homes and Blymoedig clinic. These volunteers are doing wonderful work in reaching out and caring for people who is in need of love.