Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Kuyasa History


Kuyasa had its beginnings in November 2001 when  a meeting was held with a group of pastors from Kayamandi in the home of Jenny and Cassie Carstens.  They met to discuss the development and needs of Kayamandi. At this meetingt he following needs were expressed:

  • Adult English Classes
  • Theology Classes for pastors.
  • Sewing training for the women.
  • A youth programme.

The group at this meeting took the name: Kayamandi Initiative.  After this many meetings took place.

Reach South Africa headed by Rev Cassie Carstens and his wife Jenny representing Horizon International agreed to help the Kayamandi Initiative in their dream of a new Kayamandi. This led to the commencement of adult English classes led by Me Pinkie Yolisa in the church of Pastor Baldwin Mantsai the following year.  Theology training took place in Kayalitsha and the Child Sponsorship Program commenced in September of 2002 with 8 children.

By 2003 the sponsorship program had grown and our first Child Sponsorship Programme Administrator was employed, Me Pumla Qalinge.  The following year  the Children’s Clubs were commenced with volunteers from UCSA doing, choir, dance, drama, Bible and games (Kids Games).  The Kayamandi Initiative Moved to a house called Ikaya Le Themba , home of hope , in Mgabadeli Street.  There new projects started like the sewing factory, sewing dresses for the local Kayamandi High School and the computer lab, with the Project Light literacy program as well as IT.  A bakery was also starte,supplying bread and scones. Mr Victor Myataza joined the leadership team and the Strongyard Hall was put under our care.  Indoor sport, soccer, basketball, dancing and church services were housed there.  The Hats and Glasses leadership project was commenced to train up Christian leaders to transform Kayamandi.

In Februarie of 2005 the Kayamandi Initiative became registered as an NGO under the name of Kuyasa Horison Empowerment. Victor Myataza become the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jenny Carstens was the Project Director and L'Atella Terblanche was the part time financial administrator for Reach and Kuyasa. 

In March 2005 our Performing Arts group, the Kuyasa Kids, under the leadership of Mbongeni Mtshali, went on tour for the first time to the USA to recruit sponsorships for Aids orphans in Africa.

By 2006 we started new Clubs: Art, Sport and Bible Clubs.

 The Child Sponsorship Program and our other projects continued to develop. We had a sport centre with a gymnasium in the hall, a basic learning centre with 6 computers for IT instruction and English communication (Project Light) candle painting home industry, tent hire and Veritas Bible Instruction course for pastors and adults.

In September of 2008 we moved to our new location in the Watergang Farm House where we were able to expand services in all program areas, renovate parts of the farm house and begin a Construction Skills school. We also had a new computer lab donated and began teaching youth and adults in literacy and basic computer skills. We also began the Feeding scheme and food parcel projects.

2009 brought more growth and the completion of our Learning Centre loft. We build two new sports fields for netball and Futsol(mini football) and a Safe Home for teenage girls having no other place to go. Programs continue to expand and the number of children has grown to more than 300 attending the centre daily. Nomvuyiseko Mtiya replaced L'Atella Terblanche as the Financial administrator.  The first employee to do so that had previously been part of the organisation's youth program.

So far in 2010 the amphitheatre has been completed for events and seating for our feeding scheme.  The World Cup Soccer event has given rise to the "Keep them Safe Program" headed up by our youth leadership.  This event over 4 weeks has been held in 4 venues in Kayamandi and has given our youth such scope for development.!!

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