What we do
So the challenges that the Khomani San community faces are as follows:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to education, hence the right applies to all individuals, although children are considered as the main beneficiaries.
With the largest part of the community being children, education is of utmost importance. This desire is expressed and highlighted by the elders in the community.
Schooling in the community itself though is practically non-existent. When they do go to school, especially high school, they often have to attend boarding school. Their non-confrontational disposition makes them a target for bullying and they are demeaned. Subsequently, the community has a high school dropout. With no means of education and growth, low self-esteem and a lack of direction, these young people often turn to alcohol abuse, as a means of escape. Alcohol abuse amongst the young adults and the adults are a huge challenge within the community, as it is in many impoverished communities all over the world.
The young adults cannot foresee a future for themselves and they are stuck in a vicious cycle. This cycle can be broken with the provision of modern technology and supply resources, inspiring innovation, allowing vision; all of this, through a fantastic education, we will build healthy minds and bodies and a THRIVING future for this young generation and generations to come.
The learning centre will consist of 4 physical buildings:
- Primary School
- Secondary School
- Adult education and conference centre
- Media Centre
The media centre will consist of a library, leading into a computer centre. It will also have a photography and film studio. And finally, it will have a music room, with the necessary musical instruments and include a recording studio. The music studio will be insulated and sound proofed.
Adult Education, Training and Conference Centre
Adult education, literacy and training will be highly encouraged. We will support and facilitate whatever skills training are required. There will be an opportunity for learning agriculture, engineering, teaching, etc. The list will grow as the industry in the community grows. We will facilitate as much skills training as possible.
Article 25 of the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of him/herself and his/her family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.
With poverty there will always be health challenges, poor nutrition and malnutrition in babies. Young and old alike, travel extensive distances, in ailing conditions, to acquire medical attention. This lack of service is a denial of dignity and human right.
We will build a healing centre/clinic for the community. There will be 2 doctors rooms, a dentist, an optometrist and a traditional healer or herbal healing consulting room. It will be fully equipped and will also have a dispensary, overseen by the medical staff on duty.
WATER AND SANITATION
On the 28 July 2010, through Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the Human Rights to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights
The area is dry and arid and water is scarce.
We are very excited about the new, waterless sanitary system that we can implement in Andriesvale. The end result of the system delivers dry fertiliser or it can be used as a means of energy to light a fire. This sanitation system will bring dignity to the community. Ecosan – environmentally friendly sanitation system (waterless – dry system)
We will be working with the only South African company that builds units that will create pure, clean drinking water from air. Yes, the technology exists and yes, it can be done in the Kalahari. There is also a plan to harvest and recycle rainwater.
Water from Air
Water connects every aspect of life. Access to safe water and sanitation can quickly turn problems into potential – unlocking education, work opportunities, and improved health across the world.
Imagine water technology that can generate water from the air we breathe and at a fraction of the cost of buying bottled water. Imagine a water cooler that filters this water to provide healthy and pure drinking water.
Within the community there is no industry and no means of drawing funds into the community and therefore no opportunity for the community to get out of poverty.
There are young people of employable age who desire to seek jobs in the city, in order to provide for their families. With the lack of access to computers and the Internet, this inhibits their access to the job market. They are unable to search for jobs online or even apply for the jobs online. Drawing up a simple curriculum vita is a challenge. They have no idea what is available ‘out there’; how to up-skill themselves, how to enter the job market.
There is no opportunity within the community and no means of the community becoming sustainable and self-reliant. If these essentials are not addressed and opportunities created within the community, poverty cannot be eliminated.
Setting the platform for future industries
To create a thriving community, we need to create jobs. This will allow money, wealth to flow and will uplift and enrich the community.
We have looked at different technologies that could be implemented and the best-suited technology to use in this environment is aquaponics.
- Aquaculture – the farming of fish (Tilapia and Trout are potentially the fish that will be used)
- Hydroponics – farming without soil
The 1st phase of the aquaponics will be 300sqm. This will be for training as well as the adaptation of the system to the environment. The 2nd phase will be 4 X 500sqm aquaponics. This will be to grow hemp commercially. This will be used to create industry to create more employment.Aquaponics is a closed loop system. The water that sustains your produce are naturally cleaned and is then pumped back into your fish tanks. This way of farming use far less water than normal farming and is a sustainable way of farming.
Essentially this means that the community will be able to supply fresh fish to the lodges on the Red Dune Route, as well as to restaurants, shops and businesses in Upington and the surrounding towns.
300/500 sqm of land space will be used to build the first aquaponic structure. This will be used for training, as well as to adapt the aquaponics to the Kalahari environment. This will be used to grow vegetables. The vegetables could be sold to the lodges on the Red Dune Route and to the restaurants, shops and businesses in Upington and the surrounding towns.
Commercial Hemp farming
Four more 500 sqm aquaponic structures will be built. The 1500 sqm will be used for commercial hemp farming. Hemp yields a harvest every 3 months.
At first, the hemp will be directly sold for production to an external company. 52 000 different products can be made using the hemp. As finance flows in, industries can be built in the community and related communities in the area. This will create even more jobs, creating more wealth and uplifting the communities.
Produce from hemp includes building material, animal feed, paper, ‘plastics’, wood, textile, food, essential oil, medicines, fuel, and nutritional supplements, to name but a few uses. The potential for hemp farming is huge, as is its potential to eradicate poverty.
ENERGY, HOUSING & WASTE MANANGEMENT
The Kalahari is the ideal place for solar energy. However, we can also harvest wind energy and geothermal energy can also be explored. It goes without saying that the access to electricity changes lives.
As the community creates finances, they can start building houses. Wendy houses or modified container houses can be a start. As the hemp industry develops, bricks can be made from the hemp to build houses.
Recycling Plant/Waste Management
Recycling and waste management: Good, clean habits must be encouraged to keep this community completely clean and environmentally friendly.
Volunteers accommodation will be built to assist with all the projects. For more information, please see our volunteer programs.