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Operation Upgrade has been working in the KwaNibela area, north of Hluhluwe, since 2004, with help from Oxfam Australia and Rotary District 9270 Clubs.   Our work has been to support HIV and AIDS prevention and management, food security, income generation and water harvesting for the rural people of the area.  We do this work through a structure of adult literacy classes which we establish and support.

We now have 50 adult literacy and AIDS educators, 800 literacy learners, a thriving HIV and AIDS education and support programme, and a food security programme developing vegetable growing.  We have a spreading livelihood development programme, including concrete block-making, literacy vegetable gardens and tunnels, and leather work. Our KwaNibela Project is supported by Oxfam Australia. In 2008 we were awarded an international prize for the KwaNibela Project, from UNESCO.

“The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to Operation Upgrade of South Africa, for the “KwaNibela Project”, and continues the Organisation’s 40-year history of commitment and change. Operation Upgrade’s integrated development approach to literacy, addressing health issues including HIV and AIDS awareness, water and food security, family nutrition and income generation includes innovative elements and promising results, leading to a true model for replication in other development initiatives.” – UNESCO

EMSENI Community Centre

We have set up a community centre in KwaNibela, called Emseni Community Centre. (“Emseni” means Place of Kindness.) We have built two large rondavels there, one to accommodate our staff and visitors, and one for storage.  We have a chicken project, five food tunnels, a literacy vegetable garden and the concrete block-making project, all operated by two literacy groups and a group of young men.  We have largely managed to fence the area, about 3 hectares, which was given to Operation Upgrade by the local tribal authority.  The funding challenge now at Emseni is to finance 3 more rondavels, 6 toilets and a training room.

 

 

 A literacy tunnel project

Harvesting rainwater from a learner's roof 

 

 

Rainwater harvesting 

Songs about HIV and AIDS - literacy learners composed them

 

 

The hippo roller helps you fetch water from far 

This educator teaches learners to make and sell leather goods 

 

 

HIV and AIDS and literacy learning

The educators in training on the HIV and AIDS course make a list of the AIDS topics they want to cover in literacy lessons.  Then in groups they plan lessons on the basis outlined above.  After the course they make their own lesson plans that incorporate some of the HIV/AIDS topics.

EMSENI Community Centre

We have set up a community centre in KwaNibela, called Emseni Community Centre. (“Emseni” means Place of Kindness.) We have built two large rondavels there, one to accommodate our staff and visitors, and one for storage.

The UNESCO Confucius Prize

“The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to Operation Upgrade of South Africa, for the “KwaNibela Project”, and continues the Organisation’s 40-year history of commitment and change.  Website Hosted by Pro Hosting Internet Services