Raising the Standard for the Next Generation
Breakthrough Centre is an established organization, registered with the Department of Social Development – Reg. No: - 081-061-NPO
•To see our City transformed, our Communities empowered and educated and our next generation equipped with strategies and systems...Motivated and encouraged…thus influencing them to become responsible people in their communities and the society at large.
•To provide a strategic approach in understanding, managing, caring for and supporting the communities in dealing with poverty, crime, HIV/Aids and present day challenges. This vision is carried out via workshops, personal interaction and practical training
•To decrease the effects of crime and poverty through empowerment programmes, social development strategies and lifeskills programmes
• To provide a caring and supportive atmosphere for children and youth in a controlled environment
• To provide awareness and support programmes to meet present day challenges
• To affect change in lifestyles through ongoing training and mentoring programmes
OUR CORE VALUES AND BELIEFS
In order for us to be effective in our vision, mission and mandate, we find the need to be responsible stewards...thus the responsibility to subscribe to the following values:
• Honesty • Integrity • Respect • Dedication • Excellence • Accountability • Non-discrimination
WHO’S INVOLVED: The Organisation is steered by an Executive Committee made up of the following members:
Mr. P. Nair – Chairperson: Full time Minister and Manager of Breakthrough Centre
Mrs. S. Nair – Vice-Chairperson: Employed by the Department of Education
Mrs A Gwamanda–Admin Clerk: Employed by the Department of Education
Mr F. Captain – Treasurer : Employed as a Bank Service Consultant
Mrs S. Sayed – Businesswoman and Entrepreneur
Sub-committees have been established to oversee the operation of the individual departments. These subcommittees report back to the Executive Committee.
The Organisation also has volunteers who ensure the smooth running of each programme:
Tamsyn Nair Primrose Martin
Gail Mkhize Timna Tweedie
Ayanda Mchunu Taldon Nair
Natasha Sivparsad Shianne Captain
Candace Roopnarain Vassie Singaram
Mary S Sammy S
The 10th of October 1990 saw the birthing of the first Community based project in Etete, Groutville.
The primary objective for the establishment of this project was to set up and implement programs and activities that would empower, equip, motivate and inspire children, young people and adults to rise above their circumstances and negative environments to realise and fulfil their God given potential. The intention of this project was also to ensure that these children and young adults were occupied and empowered in an environment that would keep them away from bad company and the social ills that presently plague our communities. Over the years the organisation grew to a regular membership of approximately 300 attending and participating weekly. The programmes offered, began to be streamlined so that we could see definite and productive outcomes in the lives of those participating. We eventually saw the need to reach out to parents and get their involvement so that we could offer assistance to the entire family structure and establish a strong sense of family values. The motivation behind this principle is that “wholesome families produce wholesome communities”. For the major part of the organisations history, we operated from the premises of a local school who were kind enough to allow us the use of their premises rent free...that changed a few years later. During our tenure at the school, numerous projects were implemented in anattempt to change the social conditions of our community. Example: weekly feeding programmes, food distribution, clothes distribution, leadership programmes and training.
• The setting up of a Crisis Centre for Vulnerable and Abused Women and children. There is a need for a facility to house children and women who are recovering from abuse.
• The installation of vegetable tunnels so we can create jobs and provide food.
• Expansion of Breakthrough Centre Academy. We wish to see the establishment of a school incorporating learners from grades 1 to 7.
• The setting up of an outdoor play and feeding area for children. We want to provide recreational facilities like a play centre, as there is a serious lack of recreational facilities in Etete.
• Acquiring of additional computers and books. The Mini Resource Centre presently has four computers which are used by all grade R learners at Breakthrough Centre Academy and the Kidz Club on a rotation basis. As we acquire more computers, our plans are to set up a Computer training centre.
• Up and coming project... Focus on DESIGN AND SEWING. In order to combat the effect of unemployment, we are in the process of setting up a Skills centre where we can train members of the community in the clothing industry.
• Working in partnership with REVLON, we are setting up an ‘Open Day’ where learners from Secondary schools will be exposed to the fashion and make-up industry.
Pastors: Trevor & Jessica Nair
P. O. Box 470
Phone: (+27) 032 - 9470856
Cell: (+27) 073 865 9001
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HIV / AIDS Awareness, abuse, health and hygiene programmes: Ongoing talks are given by the leaders and key people in the community. When available, hygiene and health products are distributed. to the children. The Centre is also used as a base for clinics.
The Breakthrough Centre team also goes out into different areas of the community to distribute food, blankets, clothes and shoes. Kidz Club feeds approximately 150 children on a weekly basis.
The Kidz Club is a programme that has been designed for children and youth. Every Saturday we meet with approximately 150 children from 13h00 until 16h00 at the Breakthrough Centre premises. Numerous activities are offered to toddlers, children and young adults and every person that attends gets involved in a constructive programme to develop, empower and stimulate their thinking, talents and potential.
Breakthrough Centre hosts various outreach projects on an ongoing basis so that members of the community who cannot come to the centre can be reached. Children in hospitals are given toys and party packs for Christmas; shoes and clothes are distributed to the needy in the ownships and rural areas, and food is distributed in the townships and informal settlements.
Computer and Resource Centre
Breakthrough Centre boasts the only computer and resource centre in Etete. Children and young adults are allowed free access to the facilities and free lessons are given on Saturdays. However the Centre is restricted due to the use of just four computers.
Every Friday Breakthrough Centre distributes food hampers to approximately 60 families. We found it necessary to prioritise the distribution to the vulnerable, elderly and pensioners. The elderly gather at the Breakthrough Centre premises and they are given a message of hope and the food is distributed.
Creche and Pre-school
Raising a standard of excellence in the field of Education is one of our primary goals at Breakthrough Centre Academy. We don't just offer education but quality education. All children that attend the Academy are a part of a structured programme that includes the teaching of Maths, Science, Languages and Life skills. Children as young as two have developed their vocabulary and are grasping the basic skills of reading and writing.
Young people are regularly given a chance to interact with other children in the form of games and activities. This helps build strong relationships and strengthens ties with one another.
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