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Mission


Our Mission

 

By creating an ecosystem of social change, Kariega Project's mission is simply to create communities better than the generation before. 

 

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Mission


Our Mission

 

By creating an ecosystem of social change, Kariega Project's mission is simply to create communities better than the generation before. 

 

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Mission

 

We are a South African non-profit organisation that utilises an innovative virtual currency called “Kulu Coin” to empower local communities to fund and implement grassroots economic, social, and environmental development programmes. Communities earn Kulu Coin by undertaking a fixed amount of community service. We are the only organisation of its kind that we know of in the world. 

 
 

The Kariega Project believes in and facilitates sustainable community driven development. To do this, we link community assets to the larger environment within which these assets exist. In this way, Kariega Project builds on the assets that already exist in the community and mobilises individuals, informal associations, and organisations to come together to build on and trade their assets for greater community well-being. The appeal of our approach lies in the premise that communities can drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilising existing, but often unrecognised assets; thereby responding to and creating local economic opportunity.

Our approach is based upon a growing development methodology called Asset based Community Development. 

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Motivation


Our Motivation

 

We are motivated to make a genuine difference to underprivileged communities around the world. We need your help!

 

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Motivation


Our Motivation

 

We are motivated to make a genuine difference to underprivileged communities around the world. We need your help!

 

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We believe that community risk factors are mostly expressions of a lack of opportunity and dignity among the poor. These risk factors are significant, self-evident, and widespread throughout the poorest parts of the world. And yet, nowhere is the will to eradicate these threats more acute than in those populations most affected by them. But where communities have the will, they don’t always have the way. This is where we come in.

Through our partnership with forward thinking businesses, individuals that want to make a difference, and innovative foundations and NGOs, we believe we can help solve community problems all over the world. We are not motivated to impose solutions upon communities. Rather, we want to help them change their own trajectories. 

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History


Our History

 

Kariega Project started with a simple idea and an informal agreement. Over the years we have tested and refined a more impactful, sustainable, and measurable mechanism to drive community development. 

 

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History


Our History

 

Kariega Project started with a simple idea and an informal agreement. Over the years we have tested and refined a more impactful, sustainable, and measurable mechanism to drive community development. 

 

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The Kariega Project began with no more than an informal agreement with a local after-school centre in Kenton-on-Sea that needed to raise money to pay for rent. Back then, we weren't even called the Kariega Project. The agreement was simple: we (the founders) agreed to raise the money to help the centre pay its monthly rent, if the centre would “earn” this funding by doing community service that helped others. We set the exchange at R20 of funding for every community service hour worked by the centre. When the centre readily agreed and happily did the community service, we knew we were on to something bigger. Since our humble beginnings, Kariega Project and our virtual currency Kulu Coin has grown by leaps and bounds.

 

In our first year, Kariega Project facilitated 1000 hours of community service by involving a number of communities and informal organisations that we now call our partners. Since then, Kariega Project has been steadily expanding and has facilitated roughly 2500 community service hours. Currently, we support four partner organisations and are developing our two flagship projects. Support from the business community in Kenton and the Eastern Cape has critical to Kariega Projects short term success. With the help of additional support and financial backing, we will be poised for robust long term growth.

 

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Our Track Record


Our Track Record

 

For the past three years, Kariega Project has tested Kulu Coin by working with many local organisations and informal associations in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. You can do the same in your community!

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Our Track Record


Our Track Record

 

For the past three years, Kariega Project has tested Kulu Coin by working with many local organisations and informal associations in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. You can do the same in your community!

Sponsor Kulu Coin

We started Kariega Project with a few key local partners in Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa. While we are in the process of bringing Kulu Coin to the world, our local partenrs who with with us from the beginning will always be a part of our DNA. Below is a little bit about each one of our special partners. 

 

EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP (ESG) - Harmony Park 

The Education Support Group (ESG), established in 2012 by Zelda Jacobs, is an informal organisation that provides a safe environment for Harmony Park Primary School pupils to complete their homework and receive extra lessons after school. The centre caters for 20 to 30 children per day, ranging from grades 1 to 7. Though the facility is open to all children of the community, special attention is given to foster children and those identified as ‘at risk’ by Child Welfare. As a testament to its value; all grade 7 children who utilised the facility, passed into high school.

How we are assisting:

Through Kulu Coin, Kariega Project has committed to helping ESG with various funding and volunteer needs. For example, by undertaking community service (to earn Kulu Coins), ESG has been able to "purchase" educational volunteers through Kenton Cares to assist with various educational and developmental programmes for the ESG children. To date, ESG has been one of our more active Kulu Coin participants. To illustrate just a few community service tasks, ESG has planted a community garden for others, conducted frequent litter drives, and is currently assisting with critical coastal research through the Coastal Volunteers Programme in partnership with the Sustainable Seas Trust. 


MASIBULELE PRESCHOOL

The Masibulele Preschool was established as a non-profit organisation in 2001 by Mrs Eunice Adams. The school educates roughly 80 to 90 children from the communities of Marselle and Harmony Park. The children vary in age between 18 months to 5 years. Eunice Adams has worked hard to build the school’s good reputation. The Masibulele Preschool is a progressive institute that promotes parent involvement, provides pupils with two meals a day, and shares resources with other community groups. 

How we are assisting:

Eunice Adams approached the Kariega Project in June 2013 to help her raise funds for a much needed security fence and security gate. The Masibulele Preschool is located adjacent to an informal settlement, and added security infrastructure will enhance the safety of the children during the day and deter vandalism and theft at night. Through its participation in Kulu Coin, Masibulele Preschool has already funded and installed a new security gate and received ten new sleeping mattresses for the kids' nap time in the afternoons. Masibulele will continue to earn Kulu Coin by making a portion of its land available for the development of the Marselle Education Centre, one of our flagship projects this year. Masibulele will "spend" those coins on its future development and educational needs. 


AGE-IN-ACTION: Ekhuphumleni Branch

Age-in-Action is a national organisation aimed at stimulating, empowering and caring for the elderly. It also focuses on service delivery and the protection of members’ rights.  Age-in-Action strives to promote programmes aimed at advance the status, well being, safety and security of vulnerable and needy older persons. Age-in-Action provides key services, conducts social research, and advocates on behalf of the elderly in South Africa.  

How we are helping them:

Ekuphumleni branch of Age-in-Action is an inspiring group of people. It has a very active branch whose members, on any given afternoon, could equally be found knitting or exercising. Some time ago, Age-in-Action approached the Kariega Project to help facilitate fundraising to pay for a coat of paint for their centre. After setting a target goal, Age-in-Action went about earning Kulu Coins to fund the paint job. Once Age-in-Action completed its community service, Kariega Project and a number of outside volunteers painted their community centre! Kariega Project will continue to work with Age-in-Action in a support capacity by allowing Age-in-Action to earn Kulu Coins to fund any future needs. So far, Age-in-Action has been earning Kulu Coins by performing housekeeping for those too frail to do so themselves.