SUSTAINABILITY : SKILLS EXCHANGE & COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Farm 215 is one of the initiators of the The Skills Exchange Cooperative (SEC). The SEC is a Non Profit Organization focusing on Social Development and Nature Based Development in the Uilkraal vallei between Gansbaai and Cape Agulhas.
The little hamlet of Baardskeerdesbos is a farming community and borders the reserve of farm 215. Through a lack of education and economic opportunities, people are faced with poverty and social problems. Early school drop outs, child neglect and a lack of education for young children have led to unskilled youth with no job opportunities. Substance abuse is on the rise and therefore the community is faced with children that carry the effects of this lifestyle. Through the exchange of knowledge and the nurturing of the people around, especially children, the SEC makes sure that the greater vision of developing and maintaining the land over generations, in a natural way, is fulfilled. Farm 215, the CART, Whalesong Lodge, the African Horse Company and Lomond Wine Estate have teamed up to establish The Skills Exchange Co-operative (SEC) which will serve as the vehicle for implementing the SEC’s RSDP (Responsible Social Development Program). The RSDP will be facilitating the process of bringing over skilled and specialised volunteers and matching their skills with the needs of the community. The greatest needs are for construction and maintenance of infrastructure, financial management and general life skills, educational and teacher training, fundraising, special needs infant and toddler care, community and pre-school care, nutrition programmes and outdoor education.
The goal is to equip people with the skills needed to invigorate the local rural economy. It is envisaged that defined nature based development activities will benefit the local region and it is crucial that a broader community is brought into active participation in this economy.
In practice, the SEC pursues its goals by means of after school and day care activities, involving the local kids in horse riding, assisted by the African Horse Company, music and dancing classes, support groups in health and sexual education and parent support, arts, crafts and nature clubs.
If you would like to help in any way or if you would like to find out a bit more about what the SEC does, please contact Sam on +27 (0) 72 244 88 19 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.