PROPOSAL FOR FUNDING FOR PHOENIX SPIRITUAL AND WELFARE CENTRE
· Organisational details Name and Address Phoenix Spiritual and Welfare Centre 109 Rainham Road Rainham Phoenix 4068 P O Box 3443 Somerset Park 3420 · Contact Persons and numbers oMrs Saras Perumal – Chairperson – 031 5393840 084 4446146 o Mrs Cheryl Vayapuri 031 5027702 084 4550009 · The Organisation has various branches throughout the country, with each branch working towards common goals and aims to assist and provide for vulnerable individuals and groups. We have branches in the following areas: oDurban and Surrounding Area §Demat §Isipingo §Lotus Park §Shallcross §Umhlatuzana §Marianhill §Merebank §Newlands §Westcliff, Chatsworth oNorth Coast §Rainham Phoenix §Woodview, Phoenix §Redfern, Phoenix oSouth Coast §Umzinto §Park Rynie §Sezela oNorthern Kwazulu Natal §Pietermartizburg oGauteng §Lenasia oCape §Cape Town · Mission Statement To aid and provide for, vulnerable individuals and groups. · Vision To establish a spiritual, cultural, health and welfare centre that responds to the holistic needs of the community for their better life and living. To strive to eliminate unemployment, poverty, violence, drug addiction and the HIV endemic from our society through timely interventions, assistance to victims and perpetrators and preventative programmes comprising, awareness campaigns, provision of information, educational and empowerment programmes and services, skills training and psychological and physical assistance. · Aims The Phoenix Spiritual and Welfare Centre has been working very closely with the community of Phoenix and the surrounding areas for thirty years, which is a sub economic community plagued by unemployment, poverty, drug addiction and abuse. The aim of the Wefare Society of the organisationsis to provide comprehensive services to the community as detailed below :- oSkills training oBursaries oCounselling Services oSeminars, lectures and workshops oLiterary classes and supplementary education for pupils and students oYouth activities and empowerment programmes oHealth Clinics – particularly to serve the aged and indigent oBlood Camp oLegal Aid Clinic oFeeding schemes oSocial outreach programmes oHIV and AIDS programmes oAlternate healing programmes oReligious services and festivals oYoga classes oMeditation classes oVocal and instrumental music and dance classes oVernacular Education · Intervention For acute problems: counseling, care and referrals to appropriate programmes, NGO and government organisation. Sustained intervention: programmes for rehabilitation, self sufficiency and entrepreneurship
· Programmes oSewing and craft classes – takes place on a weekly basis. Unemployed persons are taught skills in sewing, beading and craft making. At the end of the course we hope to self empower these people with a skill that they can either turn into a home business to become self sufficient or to teach others the skill or to find employment, that will assist them and sustain them and their families. Unemployed woman benefit the most from these classes. oCooking and baking classes – cooking and baking classes are held weekly by volunteers and the purpose again is to arm them with skills that will enable them to become self sustaining and to assist empower others in the community or to either find employment armed with the skill. oMedical and blood Camps Medical camp and blood clinics are held on a regular basis in conjunction with other organisations with similar goals. The service is provided to the indigent, aged and unemployed. Specialised medical officers provide their diagnostic and curatuve services at no cost. After the initial visit to the camps and assessment, patients are either referred to the appropriate treatment centre or a follow up is done by the volunteer specialist at their private room at no cost. The last camp held 142 patients were attended to and jajority of the patients attending these camps come from the informal settlements. oDrug Awareness Campaign The drug awareness campaign although targets the whole community, is specifically aimed at the youth, in schools and tertiary institutes. At present all cases are referred to the local rehab centers, counselors and welfare centers. However in the future these will be handled solely by the organisation, as work on a rehabilitation centre in Umzinto is underway and will be fully operational next year, with stay- in facilities and the necessary professional help that is required for the rehabilitation. oFree Matric lessons are held at the venue every Sunday afternoon and is provided by a band of dedicated volunteer educators. Classes are held to assist the underprivileged students who cannot afford the extra tuition fees. Although only lessons for matriculants are offered, the venue is available to all students, scholars, tertiary students and adults furthering their education, to study. We hope to expand this service next year to include more subjects and are also investigating the commencement of adult based education training, as there are many illiterate people in the community. oDistribution of foods hampers to the indigent and aids orphans - Substantial food parcels are distributed on a regular basis to the underprivileged and aid orphans in the community. These hampers are donated by members of the organisation. Between 25 – 35 hampers are distributed. oCultural Classes ·Vernacular Languages - At present Tamil and Hindi are taught during the week. We want to expand the vernacular education programme to cover, Zulu, Telegu, and Gujerati. We have approached a number of people to assist us and hope to start these lessons early next year. ·Music Classes – vocals and musical instruments - These classes are conducted twice a week. Due to the fact that we have limited resources in musical instruments, we are unable to assist much, except to offer our venue and the few instruments we have available. Saturday's instrument classes are for children coming predominantly from the sub-economic community, where we share instruments among the student. To expand the instrument classes we require different types of instruments, viz, table, harmonium, violin, flute and mrindingum and perhaps another teacher to assist. ·Dance Classes – Classical dance (Barthanatachyam) classes are held on a weekly basis to promote and preserve our culture. We wish to expand this to include a dance drama programme as part of our overall cultural capacity building. We intend teaching Kathak, Bharthanatachyam, village folk and Zulu Dance.
·Beneficiaries oUnemployed people – skills development, and entrepreneurship development. oVulnerable people – domestic violence and abuse. oAid Orphans – distribution of food parcels and reintegration into society. oDrug abuse victims – counseling and rehabilitation, in future rehabilitation at Umzinto. oUnderprivileged – free tuition and music and dance lessons.
·Future Plans and projects oDevelopment of Phoenix and Spiritual Centre Property to include a skills training and development centre. oTo also include living quarters for spiritual visitors and temporary shelter for the desperately abused. oDevelopment of the Umzinto Centre to be used as a rehabilitation Centre, drug addicts, alcoholism, etc. and a temporary shelter for aids orphans, street children and abused oEstablishment of a vegetable garden for the indigent households. oEstablishment of a helpline. oFree computer classes with a medium to long term view of establishing a call centre. ·Conclusion The organisation is run solely by finances donated from the generous sub- economic community it is based in and from fund raising events by the organisation. All services provided by the organisation are offered free of charge to the community. There is an increasing need from vulnerable individuals and groups.