HELP US TO RESCUE THE ACVV SHELTERED WORKSHOP BY SAYING “I CAN” !
I greet you from Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape, a small rural town (population 50,000), situated in the outback of South Africa known as the Karoo.
To raise on-going funding to enable the workshop to continue operating.
To raise funds to purchase specific machines that would enable the workshop to produce saleable items, the income from which will help it to become self-sustainable.
To provide training and work experience for the “3 E Graduates” exiting from the W4aL programme. (Our recovery program for the Shelter requires the introduction of a limited number of able-bodied people.)
ACVV (Afrikaanse Christelike Vrou Vereeniging)
It is a national woman’s organisation that for the last 30 years has owned and run an Old AgeHome and the Sheltered Workshop in Graaff-Reinet. Both operations are financially stressed and it has been forced, in order to save the Old Aged Home, to close down the Sheltered Workshop (currently running at a loss of £400 or $500 per month). Sell off the ground and buildings of the Sheltered Workshop for the sum of £30,000 or $37,500 and invest the money into the old age home.
KCC (Karoo Community Church)
KCC is a small New Testament church which meets in an old industrial building situated next door to the Sheltered Workshop. As one of its outreach programmes it facilitates the running of the Work for a Living Programme (W4aL – Siya Sebenza)
In February 2017 KCC made a decision to use all their saved funds (earmarked for building a church) to purchase the Sheltered Workshop, “lock, stock and barrel” from the ACVV for £30,000 or $37,500) and take over the management of the Sheltered Workshop, with the objective of ensuring that there remains a shelter for the challenged in Graaff- Reinet. This would involve putting a programme in place to rehabilitate the management and running of the workshop with the aim of making it sustainable.
W4aL (Work for a Living program)
This is a structured two-week programme , facilitated by KCC, which endeavours to change the mind set of young unemployed people from one of hopelessness (”Someone else must help me”) to one of self-motivation (“I can, and will, help myself”). And in the process break the cycle of poverty.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwTV-1qc-iw are a series of videos explaining the program/
THE EXISTING SHELTERED WORKSHOP
It is a “workshop” which provides a meaningful daily workshop experience to 32 mentally or physically challenged individuals. It is currently owned and run by the ACVV and overseen by a community board of directors.
It began as a Social Welfare centre for addressing the needs of physically or mentally challenged people. Some ten years ago, because of shortage of funds, the ACVV decided to turn it into a sheltered workshop which enabled them to access a small government grant, (currently valued at R200 per person per month). To achieve this, the ACVV obtained second hand wood working machinery and sewing machines. However, the bulk of the articles produced can only be sold by using the “sympathy card”, because the quality is inconsistent.
The program is run mornings only with two able supervisors/carers. The challenged workers are ferried daily to and from their homes by the supervisors. This gives the families of the recipients a much-needed respite from the caring of their loved ones.
At work they are given breakfast and then take part in simple tasks in the manufacture of articles for sale, sanding and repainting of furniture, simple sewing, simple wooden articles, production of seedlings and trees. On a regular basis there is input by suitably qualified people to address the special needs of the people.
The Workshop is supported by the community where townspeople are involved on an ad hoc basis in various ways ( e.g. helping with the tree nursery, helping with a woodwork project , donating material, etc.)
PROPOSED BUSINESS RECOVERY PLAN
To avoid upsetting the existing cash flows and even continuation of this project, the decision was made that the project would continue to run as it is, despite the monthly loss. Items in the programme would only be changed after thorough investigation and costing. Where possible existing lines will be upgraded and new profitable lines would be introduced.
Further, it is recognised that it is essential to introduce some able people to work alongside those who are challenged physically or mentally. We intend to use the graduates of the W4aL programme to achieve this. The proposed recovery steps are as follows:
KCC to purchase the property and take over responsibility for the management and running of the workshop. (Done: 1st April 2017)
Secure bridging finance to keep the workshop functioning until the recovery programme is complete. (Done: February 2017. Two members of KCC donated £3,000 or $3,700 each for this purpose)
Establish new interim board. (Done: 20 March 2017. New 6 member board with KCC holding the majority) Secure the existing government grant of £12 ($15) per person per month for the next 12 months. (Done20 March 2017)
Research and contact all existing and past donors. (In progress)
Establish interim 2-year budget in order to assess the viability of the programme. (Done: 20 March 2017. With the proposed changes sustained viability is possible.)
Appoint interim pro bona workshop overseer. (Done 20 March 2017, a lady member of KCC)
Appoint new pro bona financial manager and a treasurer to assess all existing financial systems and to introduce new financial systems and controls. (Done: 20th March 2017. A retired accountant and a retired engineer volunteered )
Appoint pro bona advocate to handle all legal applications and contracts. (Done: 20th March 2017)
Press Release to advertise smooth take over ( done 4th April 2017)
Interview and assess the needs of every worker and their physical/mental ability. (In progress)
Determine the past professional input given to the workers to ensure the continuity of the social input. (In progress)
Open new banking facilities. (Done: 4th April 2017)
Establish and register a new Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) with full tax relief and top BEE status in order to be able to issue certification to donors. (In progress completion expected end May 2017)
Evaluate all products made and sold to date, with the objective of keeping those which can be upgraded, are cost effective and saleable. (In progress)
Introduce new sewing lines for training and production of quality saleable goods. (In progress. First orders of aprons already sold March 2017)
Source new sewing machines. (In progress. Two overhauled machines already donated March 2017)
Introduce new profitable woodwork lines (In progress 100 wooden trays made with the help of 4 volunteers March 2017)
Assess and repair existing woodwork machinery and purchase new where required. (In progress)
Introduce laser cutting/engraving line to manufacture fancy wooden/plastic/leather articles for sale. The line will be assisted by two able persons from the W4aL programme.( Funding for this machine is being sought )
Establish new name and logo for the shelter (To be done)
Establish new marketing and advertising outlets using social media and websites. (To be done)
Establish market outlets outside of Graaff-Reinet, using identified “champions” in other cities. (In progress)
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
A commitment to a donation of £10 or $12.50 per month would fund the current shortfall for 1 person.
Donate the purchase cost (or part thereof) of an industrial type sewing machine. Cost: £250 or $310
Donate the purchase cost (or part thereof) of a laser cutting machine. Cost £4,000 or £5,000
A donation of any form would be appreciated sent too Send to
Zorb Caryer email@example.com or (27)713516875 Transfer Acc. PayPal.Me/Caryer
Quinton Caryer firstname.lastname@example.org or (44)7787496767
Richard Bremner email@example.com or (27)837787639