MARSELLE IMPACT HUB
The concept of the Marselle Impact Hub was borne out of the need for several of our partner organisations to find a suitable home to further their education objectives and initiatives.
The multi-purpose centre will be owned, operated and maintained by the Kariega Project, and will be made available to all community groups and organisations in Marselle Township and the wider Kenton-on-Sea area.
The Hub will support early education, technology training and education, and entrepreneurship support services, among other things.
WHAT WE ENVISION:
Our vision is to create a ‘green’ education and entrepreneurial hub, built and operated using sound business principles. The Impact Hub will likely include:
- 6 multipurpose classrooms
- an outdoor training area
- a community garden
- a mobile computer lab
- homework support services
- entrepreneur and business development services
The really unique part about this project is that it will be built out of refurbished shipping containers!
WHO WILL BENEFIT:
All classrooms and support services will be available for hire by any organisation engaged in education initiatives. Those organisations with limited funding will be able to 'purchase' support using Kulu Coin.
WHY SHIPPING CONTAINERS?
The use of shipping containers enables significantly lower start-up and development costs associated with traditional brick and mortar hubs. In addition, the hub can be moved should political or social pressures dictate such drastic measures. It also allows for rapid expansion if the need becomes apparent.
WHAT THIS WILL COST:
The fundraising goal for the Impact Hub is R200, 000. To date, we have raised R60,000.
SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT:
Our estimates show that the R200,000 investment in the Impact Hub will realise a R40 000 annual social return on investment for the local economy. This rate of return will likely increase when pupil pass-rates, young adult dependency, and anti-crime benefits become measurable and can be taken into account.
The proposed site will be adjacent to the Masibulele Preschool of the Marselle Township. The Masibulele governing body and parents organisation has agreed to host the Impact Hub on an unused section of its property. In return the Kariega Project has agreed to organise regular workshops to improve the capacity of its teachers.