WHAT WE DO
The Eden Garden
We have established a children’s garden which the children work on after school. Each child has a french door sized garden. The garden is the focal point of the activity centre. The older children have an extra garden they work on, called the outreach garden. The children’s families benefit from the vegetables and the needy in the community receive from the outreach garden.
We run annual leadership camps with the older children(grade 5’s to grade 7’s). We take the children to different camping sites such as Mngeni Valley in Howick. We discuss leadership qualities with the kids for three days. We do also run leadership competitions at the Eden Kids’ centre for the kids to qualify for the leadership camp.
During each winter we take a few boys from our centre on a hike in Drankensberg. We do this as the children live in an extreme environment and most of them don’t have father figures. They are raised by single mothers. So up in the mountains we discuss points like “Absent fathers”,” Forgiveness”,”Becoming a good man” etc. We stay one night and return.
Dance and Music
We teach children artistic skills as well. We have a group of boys who do gumboots dance and a girls choir who are invited in local churches and schools to perform. We have been to churches like Wesley Methodist, St. John’s United, All Saints United and schools like Long Market Girls, Epworth, etc. The children enjoy the performances a lot.
At the Eden Kids Foundation, registered in 2012, we attempt to change the lifestyle of young people who live in an informal settlement. We create a fun-filled, safe and exciting environment for the children of one of the South African communities, the Jika Joe (Masukwana) informal settlement, to grow and develop in order to have hope for their futures: To give children a safe environment, to learn and develop, and minimise their exposure to harmful activities. The future of the community is based on how the children treat themselves and how the community treats its children and young people in particular.
We encourage the dignity of children and youth. We run campaigns promoting children’s rights and child safety for the young ones. We create a safe environment for the children during the school holidays. We run general and leadership camps, leadership hikes to the Drakensberg Mountains, spiritual input, music, food garden projects and mentorship to children and youth.
Our strategy is to create awareness of the plight of the inner city children living in an informal settlement and to co-ordinate involvement of individuals, companies, churches and the government in an effort to establish a permanent drop-in-centre in the area that will complement existing structures.
We used to operate from the old municipal building at Tatham Pavilion, in the Tatham sports filed. With the construction taking place in the community, the municipality is now using the pavilion as a site office for the construction workers.
A programme is run in the afternoons, weekends(sometimes) and holidays, to give children a safe environment to learn and develop, and minimise their exposure to harmful activities. The following activities are provided.
- Excursions & outings: These take place on a quarterly basis to different fun destinations
- Holiday clubs: A themed week long Christian club in the July holidays
- Homework assistance: this takes place every afternoon
- Leadership Hike: In the Drakensberg, overnight, annually.
- Life skill lessons: addressing the social issues in the community
- Spiritual guidance: teaching Christian lessons on a weekly basis
Get In Touch
033 345 3245
074 585 0860
164 Peter Kerschhoff Street (Chapel Street)