Executive summary of the organisation

Name of Organisation: New World Foundation
Type of Organisation: Community Development & Training Organisation
Established: 1980
NPO Number: 003-367 NPO

Organisational background

  • New World Foundation (NWF) was founded in 1980 on the Cape Flats Township of Lavender Hill during Apartheid.
  • NWF has its own Community Centres operating in Lavender Hill, Vrygrond and surrounded communities
  • Values: Human Rights Based and Gender Equity
  • Through mobilisation and training of the community members and networking with community structures and partner organisation, NWF facilitates change that aims to build a new world of hope justice and peace.

Organisational Theory of Change

Focus of the Development Work

  • Rationale– High level of violence/gang violence/domestic violence GBV/VAW (Violence against Women), alcohol and substance abuse, unemployment and poverty. Inadequate housing and service delivery and lack of educational and recreational facilities for children and youth
  • Specific intervention- educational and recreational programmes, personal development and leadership, awareness raising, public dialogues and campaigns, mediation and conflict resolution , advice office and counselling especially for women (Women Centre) and increasing employability through skills development, Lobbying and Advocacy work at Local and Provincial government level.
  • Target- Main subgroups in the community [children, youth (girls and boys), women, men
  • In communities - Lavender Hill / Vrygrond and surrounding communities

Profile of Lavender Hill and Vrygrond



According to the census Lavender Hill/Vrygrond has one of the highest unemployment rates in the metropolitan area of Cape Town with 44%. The capturing of information from the parents/legal guardians of Educare children shows the unemployment rate amongst parents in 2014 and 2015 of 83% and 79% respectively

Income of households

The definitions of a low income household is defined by government when the household has an income of R 3200 or less. The census of 2011 shows that 59% of households in Lavender Hill and 76% of households in Vrygrond are low income households. The data received from the Educare indicates that most of the parents/guardians are living from government grants. In 2015, 80 out of 163 parents/guardians said that their income is R 620 per month (The child support grant is currently R 310)


The data of the census shows that 3.5% of the population never received any education, 13% went to Primary School but did not finish the Primary School Education, 8% attended Primary School and finished it, 51% went to a High School but did not finish High School Education, 21.5% finished the High School (Matric) and 3% of the population of Lavender Hill/Vrygrond have some form of Tertiary Education (College, University, other Institutions).

Gender Based Violence (GBV) / Violence Against Women (VAW)

According to Mosaic’s Annual Report Mar 2007-Feb 2008:

  • Hotspot communities where protection order applicants against GBV lived in Western Cape: 81% (17 380) of all applicants were women
  • A frequency of 100+ applicants reported as GBV hotspot communities – Lavender Hill was 163 and Vrygrond was 142. Unemployment rate amongst all victims 50% and all abusers 49%.

NWF track record/ understanding of the community:

  • NWF has worked in this community for 35years.
  • A key focus has always been the support of women projects and uplifting women.
  • NWF is the only organisation to have produced documentation/stories of GBV in the community with stories from both men, women and girls.
  • NWF reaches more than 10,000 community members annually through its interventions (direct beneficiaries)
Drivers of BGV/VAW that NWF addresses
  • Gangsterism / gang violence and domestic violence
  • The high alcohol and substance abuse
  • High teenage pregnancy rate and school drop out rate
  • The absent male role model/figure in the homes
  • High unemployment rate thus lack of work skills and qualifications
  • Poverty which is a result of high unemployment
  • Very gender imbalanced/ patriarchal societies

Specific changes that NWF aims to bring about in the communities

  • Inclusive safe communities with many change agents – better functioning individuals and families and improvement on living conditions
  • Reduce violence in families, schools and in the communities – especially violence towards girls and women
  • Increased self esteem and leadership skills amongst community members so that they become positive role models and supporting families
  • Better access and knowledge to educational opportunities and work skills development especially for women and men – thereby reducing poverty

How we will measure these changes (M&E)

  • Attendance registers (output)
  • Session notes (facilitators observations – outcome)
  • Before and after questionnaires (outcome)
  • Client self reports
  • Feedback forms from participants
  • Feedback forms from 3rd party observations
  • Focus groups and interviews (outcome)
  • Success stories (outcome)
  • Collection of baseline data (outcome)

Overview of Data Collection Tools & Reporting Uses

Partnerships & collaborations

  • Other civil society amongst others: TB HIV/AIDS Association, Lavender Civic Association, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Mosaic, DVV (adult basic education), Great Girls
  • Community Structures namely Court and Street Committees developed by NWF together with the community and religious institutes namely the churches and mosques
    Local government namely ward councillors, Sub Councils and City Council, SAPS (Police), Department of Social Development (City of Cape Town)

The roles of the stakeholders:

  • To assist with awareness and education campaigns.
  • The court and street committees and youth leaders will be able to anchor the work into the community.
  • To help sustain projects and information dissemination of their research to inform our project.

Why should you as a donor support NWF?

The strength of this project is due to the following:

  • NWF has extensive experience of over 33 years in the community.
  • NWF has established various sustainable programmes
  • NWF has a long history of doing women and gender empowerment through upliftment and education.
  • Being deeply community based through involving locally developed and owned structures (Court and Street committees)
  • NWF’s variety of programmes are introduced as a response/request from the community
  • Our M&E system to ensure effectiveness and efficiency
  • Reputable, good track record and longstanding relationships regarding finances to funders.

Comments/feedback from beneficiaries

  • 94% of parents who have children in the Aftercare programme recommended it to other parents.
    “I like it at the aftercare, if it was not for the aftercare I would be in a big mess” (Youth attending the Aftercare)

  • 79% of parents see a positive change in behaviour since their child attended NWF Educare.
    “She always speaks of her Educare no matter were she is, even in her dreams” (Feedback received from a mother/Educare Centre)
    “ The class was a great deal, interesting and encouraging” (participant of computer training)
    “ I learn more in the Girls Club than at home” (participant of the Girls Club)
    “The people helping us by NWF are very friendly, well trained and professional.” “The service is always excellent.” (Beneficiary of the Information Centre)

  • 100% of the participants of the Home Based Care Training rating the training as very good.
    “I met new people and learnt new things I leave here more enlightened and empowered.” (participant of Home Base Care Training)
    “The march was a great idea from the people of New World Foundation. We as a community needs to stick together against all the crime”.
    “The march was a good idea, the gangs are calming down and our kids can play outside now” (Community responses on the march court committees hosted on Human Rights Day)