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Join us for a little insight into this social enterprise, a project with masifunde, in which we give young people self-confidence in their manual skills through training and give them a basis for their further development:
Many thanks to Mark Weber for accompanying me with your camera for 5 days in South Africa and to all the wonderful people in Walmer who make it all possible.
How everything started:
izandla zethu means our hands in the isiXhosa language.
Our hands are made to move and create.
This thought inspired me to create this project, After a visit to the masifunde | CHANGEMAKER ACADEMY in Walmer Township Port Elizabeth In 2018 I was so impressed by the work with children and young people in the township that I developed a vision that I wanted to implement right here and with these people:
To pass on the knowledge, skills and experience acquired over many years to these young people so that they have a basis on which they can earn money by working with their own hands.
The first Workshop:
Our team and how we work
"First, I wanted to find out in a jewellery course for interested young people, how much interest and talent there was among the young people . . . and was completely surprised by the sudden 'drive' our idea got. So in just a few weeks, we set up a small team, found rooms together with masifunde and started making jewels out of locally available materials. Almost at the same time, we built an onlineshop in which we offer the handmade products.
As the main material we use corrugated iron, which residents in South Africa's townships often use to build their huts. We shape and work with the corrugated iron, which basically symbolizes the poverty in these places and turn it into wonderful pieces of jewellery.
As an independent team, our trainees are now crafting necklaces, earrings, bracelets and key rings from these very special materials, under the guidance of Phelelani, our trainer.
The team packs these handmade companions very creatively and sends each package with a personal greeting on their journey to the customers ... ♡
We use corrugated iron as the central basic material, which the residents of South Africa's townships often use to build their huts. We shape and process the old corrugated iron, which basically symbolizes the poverty in these places, and transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry.
The Trainee Program:
Our trainees lovingly handcraft necklaces, earrings, bracelets and key rings from these very special materials as an independent team under the guidance of Phelelani, our trainer.
In a 6-month training course, the young people learn all the process steps from planning and selecting the materials and tools to making the blanks and assembling the individual parts into a piece of jewellery.
The team wraps and packs these handmade companions very creatively and sends each package on its way to the customer with a personal greeting.
Beyond sustainable upcycling, this project sends out the message to young people to open their eyes to existing opportunities in their immediate environment, to use their own skills and to use them creatively instead of waiting for outside help from third parties.
izandla zethu - african jewellery is thus help for self-help. Your purchase of izandla zethu jewellery helps to combat youth unemployment in South Africa.
. . . we have built up such a wonderful team in no time and together we have designed a collection that we offer for sale and which has already received a lot of positive response . . . I'm actually a bit proud of that." Michaela Römer
The volunteer team of the non-profit organization Masifunde Bildungsförderung handles all finances for izandla zethu in Germany and guarantees that all sales turnover flows 100% to South Africa into the project.
Currently the turnover from the sale of the jewellery goes directly to the participating young people. If the demand grows, we will provide the further profit to masifunde for the training of additional young people.
"izandla zethu african jewellery was set up by me as a private person - supported by masifunde LEARNER DEVELOPMENT - as an idea giver and sponsor I act purely as a volunteer in this pro bono project.
I am particularly pleased that my idea has had the incredible opportunity to become part of masifunde's proven holistic educational programs."
In South Africa, the project is embedded in masifunde's support programs for unemployed youth (here's more: blog post). The team of motivated social workers ensures that the young people are looked after comprehensively.
Crafts Education Academy
If our idea continues to be so well received, we dream today of building a training center where we also transfer other craft and entrepreneurial skills, providing interested youth a springboard into the world of work . . .But until then there is still a lot to do . . . : )
Would you like to support this project with a donation?
This is how you so it:
Here you will find the donation page of Masifunde Bildungsförderung
Please Enter "IZANDLA ZETHU" in the title.