Another Knysna initiative that will positively affect Knysna’s economy:
HANDS & HEART SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
(FROM ROUGH DIAMONDS TO SPARKLING GEMS)
In February this year, the young men that graduated were unemployed, unskilled and had little hope of making a positive impact in their lives. Then a new project for unemployed youth touched their lives and demonstrated that others cared about their future. The Hands and Hearts Skills Development Project of Youth for Christ Knysna cares about each and every one of its people.
The program has focused on teaching both life skills and job skills to equip the participants to be gainfully employed or to become self-employed. Job skills included woodworking, electrical, plumbing, welding, motor mechanic and basic hand tool skills. Our graduates have learned life skills from top Knysna businessmen.
This initiative truly shows the generous heart of Knysna as people have supported financially, with goods and with time and skills over the past nine months.
The graduates left their nurturing nest with mentors Daan Ludik and Garald Bouwer and embarked on their future careers. This group now need employment at special businesses that appreciate balanced men with good skills and will complete the circle of hope that we have started and give others hope for their futures.
The graduates were determined to pay it forward and encouraged the community and local businesses to support the next group of students at the project. A B-BBEE Certificate could be issued to businesses giving 2% of their profits to Corporate Social Investment to make an impact on needy communities. This initiative is the perfect conduit for these funds as it has proved itself as an empowering initiative that gives hope and makes a real impact.
Being a Section 18A Benefit Organisation with SARS, your donation in cash or in kind could be subtracted from your taxable income as you will be issued with a tax receipt.
Those wishing to consider any of the graduates for employment, or invest money, materials or time in the project can call Philip Schroder at the office on 0443827474 or 0825705470.