Our work is organised in eleven strategies that each have their own programmes.
Our strategies are:
Most activities of the Women’s strategy are aimed specifically at women but some are aimed at a mixed audience, including also men and children.
We are currently in the process of researching and exploring the way forward for this new programme. This should put the New World Foundation in a position to better understand the extent of the problem and to identify the kind of interventions and programmes that will address the “absent male” challenge in our communities. The ultimate hope is that in time, this work will contribute to the healing of a very important part of the multiple woundedness of our society and communities. This healing will challenge the men who “lost the way” to “stand up again” and to ensure that the younger generation of boys as they grow up will break down the pattern of fathers “disappearing” from their communities and from the lives of their families. We want to eventually create a mind shift in the culture behind this phenomenon and also unpack gender stereotypes and reinforce gender equity in this regard.
The huge unemployment challenge in the community (higher than 60%) impacts in a negative way on every single aspect of New World Foundation’s work. We are currently exploring ways in which this challenge can be addressed as part of the work of the organisation.
New World Foundation as part of the broader and more representative development community (local, regional, national and international)is internalizing a strong culture of networking and partnerships. We believe we as development organisations should not reinvent the wheel, duplicate services or compete against each other. Rather, we want to learn from each other, cooperate where relevant and desirable and delegate where possible. As a formal strategy, “Partnerships & networking” is currently in its initial development phase. However, a wide range of partnerships have been established over the years.
With so many basic survival issues in the context of the NWF’s work over the years, the much needed focus and awareness of environmental issues and the need for more responsible ecological living on the planet Earth has been an “understandable” oversight. However, the environmental issues have become too important and too vital not to be included as a priority focus in our work. We are currently in the process of starting up this strategy.
New World Foundation is convinced that the facilitation of human development and community development should include addressing the inhumane living conditions of people in Lavender Hill. NWF will address and plan the renovation and/or upgrading of the apartment blocks, the living conditions of the back yard dwellers and the living conditions of people in the informal settlements in cooperation with Cape Technikon, Sun Development, VPUU and the City of Cape Town. Our strategy to address this topic is currently being developed.
Lavender Hill was created when people were forcefully uprooted from areas where they were disowned due to the color of their skin. There was no infrastructure or service delivery provided and human rights were grossly violated on various levels. The life of the inhabitants resulted in continuous protest action for basic service delivery. People and families became dysfunctional stemming mainly form a dysfunctional environment. In the new democratic South Africa, post 1994, the poor remain marginalized and need support to fight for their rights and to deal with their daily challenges and problems.
The aim of the programme is to ensure that basic human rights are protected and that human dignity is restored. We assist people to know their rights and stand up for them, becoming fully functional members of society.
New World Foundation realizes that it will not be possible to bring our other ten strategies to fruition if we don’t commit ourselves the development of our organisation and our staff.