Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Many South African learners do not have access to quality education. This in turn influences the learners’ education and social development. SALT believes that dramatic social change is centered around education. By assisting Early Childhood development centers, Primary Schools and High Schools, students are provided life-changing opportunities.
49% of all learners who start Grade 1 drop out of school before reaching Grade 12. SALT aims to break this trend by providing motivational, financial, and educational support to students. Finishing Strong is our focus project under education, where we equip grade 10 – 12 learners through facilitated groups. All learners are provided with resources school uniforms, stationery, access to internet/textbooks and nutritional meals.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
South African communities remain challenged by a lack of food security and nutrition due to the high unemployment rate. It is exceedingly difficult for those fighting TB/HIV/AIDs, school-going children, and vulnerable families. SALT partners with local schools, clinics, feeding sites and community social workers to provide nutrition.
To think that one child would go to school hungry every day is heartbreaking to know that thousands do every day is an injustice. Malnutrition affects the emotional health of a child and can suffer from depression later in life as a direct result. Teachers are concerned that they are seeing an increase in the number of children coming to school not having had breakfast nor lunch packed for the day. This is due to poverty in the home. Many of these schools fall into areas where Government does not accommodate school feeding programs. We fill the gap by providing meals to these school children.
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
SALT aims to significantly improve the quality of life for vulnerable families in our community and surrounding communities. Our clients are senior women, vulnerable children, high health-risk women and vulnerable women. Our casework varies between providing support to intervening where there is an at-risk child who is in need of health or social intervention. We have an assessment-based interview with each of our clients to understand their particular need.
Isidima means Dignity in isiXhosa; the project aims to restore lost dignity by assisting families in meeting their social and health needs. Isidima has been running for over 10 years, assisting the most vulnerable families through one-on-one interviews, food support, referrals to specific organisations for extreme cases, and educational group sessions by professionals such as: nutritionists, doctors, and entrepreneurs. All other basic human rights are assessed and addressed where possible.