skills development



Need for income-generating and self-sustaining projects:
Refugees are a particularly marginalised and under-resourced community. Urgent focus is required on the provision of basic needs: food, shelter, education, and income to provide for these basic needs and improve current living conditions. The current economic crisis involves high levels of unemployment and refugees are last in line for employment opportunities. There are a number of barriers that stand in the way of refugees and asylum seekers in relation not to only employment but also to self-employment and entrepreneurship including: language barriers, difficulties with documentation, inability to access any form of start-up funding, lack of resources, and xenophobia, to name but a few.
Funding for community projects is in great demand but short supply.

Advantages of focusing on income-generation and productivity projects:

  • Community projects can be maintained and sustained through income-generating projects

  • They can be developed towards building self-sustaining and ongoing community businesses

  • They lead to self and community independence rather than reliance on outside funding and support

  • They are a source of income to help improve individual and community living conditions and provide a better quality life, leading to both social and economic self-sustainability

  • They provide a platform for increased education, training and skills development; and job generation

  • Personal, social and psychological wellbeing and strength is developed through increased motivation, confidence and independence on both individual and community levels

  • They offer a way of making use of the abundance of skills and knowledge that is present in the refugee community and to generate a better economy for all in the upliftment of the area.

  • Key factors include: Community empowerment and social cohesion

Micro-Business Development Strategy

Although lacking in material and economic resources, the refugee community offers a highly qualified and skilled community with a wide variety of skills and abilities. Vocational training and skills development is also greatly needed as many school leavers do not have employment opportunities nor do they have funds for tertiary education. Credit is a key element in development strategies. There is a need to generate micro-loans for the establishment of micro-businesses within the community that are: community-focused; income generating; self-sustaining; and make provision for ongoing skills development and training

In process:
English Lessons - 10 weekly programmes focusing on integrative English communication skills.

Skills mapping project:  A skills mapping and needs analysis is being carried out at present in conjunction with Kandu Project to assess current skills development training in Durban and establish a supportive network.

Micro-business projects:  Are being identified and business plans developed in conjunction with interested community members, volunteers and organisations.
Outside Recreation and Education
The project is working with various volunteers and the EThekwini Municipality to develop the “mini” park in the outside area adjacent to the DMC for the use of an outside play area for children in the community living in the Point area.
The park has been established by the EThekwini Municipality who have provided fencing, plants and play equipment. An educational garden and visual arts project are envisaged for this space.

In planning:

Mentoring programme
Psychosocial support programme
Youth Education support initiative
Refugee Integration and rights project

Anyone interested in assisting or becoming involved with any of these projects please e-mail








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