Our first project: Building Skills Project completed January 06

Our launch project, a building skills initiative, was completed in January 2006. With the help of a local builder, four young men from the Bergmanshoogte settlement of Philippolis were taught basic bricklaying, plastering and painting skills whilst constructing a new community centre. Independence ZA funded the wages and some of the materials required to construct the community centre. The community centre, serving as a crèche, opened in January 2006.

Six months after completion of the school all the apprentices are in employment, working for builders in Philippolis.

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Our men at work in Philippolis

The participants in our building skills project line up behind
IZA’s Paul Clifton, the Good Work Foundation’s Kate Groch
and some of the kids to benefit from the new community centre