About Us

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Follow the link here to the Kopanang Project Facebook page to read more about us: https://www.facebook.com/kopanangproject?ref=hl

Women come to Kopanang to share their hopes for a different future. They embrace their present reality of struggle and sickness. Here they can learn skills that will lift them into a new awareness of the power of community, where they can share their cultural and spiritual stories. They find their voice.  The dreams for both Kopanang and Sithand’izingane are big.
Mama Paulinah, a pioneer volunteer in the children’s section said, “We must have faith that God will provide for the children.”  In that faith, the project has grown and prospered through the infinite kindness of our donors.  Nearly 100 women in the Kopanang project and their dependents, numbering nearly 600, find life here.  It is essentially about relationships. 
We thank you for touching our lives and believing in and making possible, our dreams.

The ethos of Kopanang, a Sotho word meaning 'gathering together' is to be a blessing and pass on that blessing, to care for one another and to be present to each others' lives, particularly those bowed down with suffering.  Click here to learn more about OUR ETHOS

The Kopanang Community Trust provides the following range of services:

  • A community of women ‘walking the walk’ with one another in all their struggles
  • A community that shares and celebrates its cultural and spiritual diversity
  • Skills training in embroidery, bead-making, quilting and screen-printing
  • Human resource development:  communication, conflict management
  • Computer training, driving lessons and leadership training
  • HIV/AIDS ongoing training and education
  • Outreach programme for sick members and their immediate neighbours. Providing some medical support, as well as immune building cereal, vitamins, home visits, as well as accompaniment to hospitals and clinics, funeral and bereavement support
  • A weekly art class for the orphans
  • Dikeledi (meaning, long tears) therapy group – a forum for members to share their life stories, particularly their sorrows and struggles.  They produce creative quilts that express their voice, their beauty and their hope
  • Skills training and community building to two sister projects in KwaNdebele, and in Hlabisa, Kwa Zulu Natal, along with marketing support, as well as training supplied to six other projects
  • Immersion programme for overseas students with Kopanang host families

    The Sithand’zingane Care Centre provides the following range of services:

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      An after-school care programme for the orphans or children at risk 
    • An organic farm, including growing healing plants
    • Counselling and therapy
       
    • A drop-in centre for little ones up the age of six
    •  Training for volunteers in bereavement counselling and memory box work
    • Basic sewing for the grannies or mothers of the children
    • A feeding scheme, 100 on site daily;  400 off-site at schools and the Catholic Church of St. Pauls, Tsakane
    • Recycling initiative

      Fund-raising remains a critical ongoing need to provide this wide range of services. 
      Kopanang’s friends have been profligate in their generosity, sponsoring vehicles and driving lessons, art class materials and exhibition opportunities for our orphans, uniforms, bore hole drilling and a major water tank system for the organic farm, the laying of a sports’ field for the after-school orphans’ care programme, educational sponsorships, leadership training, HIV/AIDS workshops,  web page design and maintenance, toilet blocks, paving, counselling and medical needs, as well as sponsoring the Outreach Programme that provides critical care to those who are sick among and around us.  

    Follow the link here to the Kopanang Project Facebook page to read more about us: https://www.facebook.com/kopanangproject?ref=hl