New youth initiative will see various bodies working together
Stakeholders to share resources and knowledge
Nicholas Nabil Tebogo Rawhani from Gauteng has been working on youth development in the Endlovini area for the past 10 months, and decided to bring various stakeholders together to establish better lines of communication between them, and to share resources.
At the meeting on Monday, Rawhani opened with a prayer, and then explained his vision.
Representatives from various organisations including Gear, Rotary, Confident Girls, Stenden, Port Alfred High School and Nemato Change a Life (NCAL) were in attendance.
“I would like us to develop the community.
“I have met many people here who are passionate about making things better,” he said.
He pointed out that there were probably no more than “two degrees of separation” between all those in attendance and that he would like to exploit the fact that, together, they could share knowledge and other resources to improve the services they offered.
Each of the representatives presented a brief outline of their projects, and it became clear that working together would be beneficial to all.
“This is just the start of the initiative,” Rawhani said.
“We each have our own projects, and this initiative [the Ndlambe Development Initiative or NDI] will probably never have projects of its own.
“The intention is to get people to speak to each other, share ideas and help ensure the success of each project.
“We are a small group at the moment but this will grow as more people realise the benefits of having such a group.”
While a significant amount of effort was spent discussing the youth, the NDI will focus on several fronts.
These include education and child care, as well as early childhood development, food security such as vegetable gardens, health care and literacy.
It was clear during the meeting that there were major overlaps between some of the projects discussed.
Rawhani said working alongside the NDI would enable people to share knowledge and expertise, pool resources and avoid duplication.
The group mapped out some of the areas where overlaps occurred and decided to create a WhatsApp group to enable dialogue between the diverse groups.
WORKING TOGETHER: The newly formed Ndlambe Development Initiative (NDI) was launched at its inaugural meeting on Monday to help pool resources and network service organisations and others, to improve the plight of children and teenagers in the area. Meeting at the Port Alfred High School clubhouse are, from left, Laura Guest and Tali Alexandre from marketing at Port Alfred High School, Bongani Bavuma from Stenden, standing at the back, Thunyelwa Mbekela from the Gear initiative, founder of the NDI Nicholas Nabil Tebogo Rawhani, Craig Ellis and Ray Oliver from Rotary, Khanyisa Daweti from Gear, seated, Thembawethu Tele from Confident Girls, Mzameli Dikeni from Stenden and Jan Blom from Nemato Change a Life