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The ROC Project is not a once-off project.  Other programmes, planned by Meeting The Needs Foundation and coordinated through the local Gateway Church Greenbury are planned for the area.  The Foundation also plans on rolling out similar programmes in other areas in and around the eThekwini area in the future.

The strategy is to launch a major project such as the ROC Project 2014 once a local church has been established in an area and the specific needs and challenges of that community has been established.  Furthermore we seek to establish relationships with other NPC’s in order to have a coordinated approach to tackling community and social problems.

Programmes summary for the week include, amongst others:

  1. A Kids Holiday Club, for ages 4-13, which will run from Monday through to Friday.
  2. A youth program targeted at the 14-24 year age group, also running from Monday through to Thursday, where invited guest speakers and performers will encourage the youth through their own experiences of fighting drugs, alcohol, abuse or other experiences.  This will culminate in an all-day Youth Explosion on Friday focused on both the children and youth groups, which will provide entertainment from Krumpers, Hip-Hop artists and other performing artists, all providing positive messages of Love, Hope and Faith through the love of Jesus Christ.  
  3. A Medical Ministry will provide medical services to the community which will include testing for diabetes and blood pressure, basic dentistry and other procedures.  A coordinated approach to caring for the community will take place from dedicated medical professionals and may include house visits to the aged or frail.  
  4. Additionally, trauma counsellors will be available for the entire period.  This will continue thereafter as a formal outreach service of Gateway Church.
  5. One of the biggest projects for the week is the home and community improvement program.  100 impoverished homes in need of renovation have been identified, along with 2 blocks of flats and the community playground.  The flats will be repainted with repairs to windows, plumbing and minor electrical work.  Landscape restoration will also be undertaken.
  6. Feeding of the community will take place daily and food hampers, valued at R 300.00 each, will be distributed to 1,000 needy homes, as a once-off gesture, at the completion of the project.

Some of the highlighted post-programmes include, in brief:

  1. Programmes addressing unemployment (a few companies have already indicated they would setup internship-type programmes – to date this includes call centre and computer training)
  2. Family, children and trauma counselling
  3. Financial counselling and guidance
  4. Entrepreneurship development programmes
  5. Daily Soup kitchen
  6. Children and youth programmes focusing on providing them with mentorship, spiritual guidance, after-school care and educational support
  7. Drug & alcohol rehabilitation
Parent Category: Our projects   Published on Tuesday, 06 July 2004 22:00  Hits: 3452 Print

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