The Seven Passes Initiative is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (065-133 NPO) that has been working to prevent violence and support and improve youth education and opportunities in Touwsranten and the rural area surrounding Hoekwil (approximately 30 km from George) since 2008. We are building on our experience and good practice, and growing our work into new communities in the Garden Route of South Africa.
We are currently situated at the Rectory of the United Reformed Church in Touwsranten. At these premises we have offices as well as facilities for our educational and youth development programmes.
Our work is making a measurable difference in the lives of people who engage with our organisation.
More than 80% of the children in the community of Touwsranten attend after-school care daily at The Seven Passes Initiative.
Numerous children with learning difficulties learn to read and write.
Twenty young people who progressed through our programmes have attended tertiary education. Two of these young people have returned to Touwsranten from university with degrees: one is a teacher in the local school and chair of the Board of Seven Passes, and the other works for the organisation as a human resource officer and parenting facilitator.
Learner Sherolin Jumat has been attending homework classes consistently since primary school. In 2014 she was head girl of Touwrsanten Primary School. She now attends Parkdene High Scool where she was their top grade nine learner in 2016, achieving 88% in Mathematics, 93% in Economics and 99% in Biology. She says, “If it were not for the additional support from a young age at Seven Passes those results would not have been possible.”
Parent Rotricia Phiri says: “Applying the principles I have been taught is really working! It has not only alleviated the anxiety I felt in the past about parenting, but it has also improved my relationship with my daughter. I feel like a good and positive parent.”
Community leader Patricia Solomon says: “Now I have people knocking on my door all the time seeking support, guidance and care. They are curious about the positive parenting sticker I have on my door, and the shirt I wear with pride. I know people look up to me in the community and that is encouraging. I am truly grateful to Seven Passes for believing in me and supporting me.”
This CBO which is deeply rooted in our community and is bringing measurable positive change to our people.
Gang violence has ended altogether in the district of Hoekwil.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks that you took part in our annual golf day. Thanks to you and the other players we made R167 000. The 1st places winners were Neil Liebenberg and Wiehahn Beukes. Second place winners were Sarel Theron and Tiran Fourie. The raffle (to the value of R6500) was won Len Ferreira. The guess the cork (R3000) was won by Wian Liebenberg.
It is a privilege to have you in our lives! You are working with our team and are therefore part of the solution to better the lives of hundreds of families in the rural areas.
We hope that our relationship will grow in future. We invite you to visit often, to come and see what we do and see the success we have with our programs in this area. And we hope to see you again at our golf day, next year on 31 October 2019!
Below is a list of our sponsors:
Investec, George Whitehead Attorneys, Riaan de Wit Attorneys, Nedbank Business Bank, Datadot, Quantum foods, Lancewood, Cape Feed and Grains, Mazars, Tikketai, Chass Everitt, S Haddad Landboudienste, JD Implemente, Lancewood Farm, Electrical Pro, Waikato, Outeniqua Refrigeration, Indwe, Stiles, HMK Logistics, Andre & Annette Meyer, Morgan Cargo, Karl Reitz, Mapflex, Supa Quick, Fruit & Veg Knysna, Stumpke Makelaars, Suid Kaap Besproeiing, Garden Route Golf Trader, George Town Lodge, 7 Passes Tented Camp, Wonki Ware, Oakhurst Farm Cottages, Hoekwil Kafee, Eden Adventures, Van Rensburgs Foods, Kafe Serefe, Libertas Guesthouse, Ouma’s Farmhouse, Diedre Prinsloo Massaging, Boardwalk Lodge, Fancourt, Zuurberg Hotel, Wilderness Dunes, Oubaai Hotel, Chep, The Waves Catex, Blue Olive, Bistro Celeiro, Muyo, Dischem Pharmacies, The Girls, Flava, Hygrotech, Wildernis Spar, Sanlam Private Wealth, GEA, Pathcare, Delplan, Michael Hills Investigations, Mandalay Farms, SBS, Ecolab, Oakhurst Farm, De Villiers & Moore, South Cape Petroleum, Salinas Restaurant, Impi Wire, Wildernis Hotel, Golden Harvest, Branson, Posnet, JP Motor Spares, Nulandis, Sky Services, Lorainne Morgan, Beach Villa, We Fly, Hildesheim Guesthouse, Jaco Oosthuizen Body Stress Release, Bespoke, Grocery Express, KWV, Shining Waters B & B, Routes to Peace, Pine Lake Marina, Lavender Breeze Hair Studio, Boshoff Visser Rekenmeesters, Hans Combrink, Meadow, 101 on Meade, Frangos Chicken Take Away
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