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Breaking Thru Communication Action (BCA) does its work by convening, engaging, mobilising and supporting its target beneficiaries to ensure they have means to have a regenerated society
Successes and Community Impact
- Since 2008, BCA has held successful Kids Holiday Programme for five years with attendance of more than 400 children from across Pietermaritzburg. From 2012, BCA has decentralised this programme. It is now being held in 12 additional areas;
- The organisation runs weekly Kids Zones that enable children to play and develop in safe environments and this programme has been decentralised to 12 areas around Pietermaritzburg. Each week an average of 150 children are impacted in the life areas of psychosocial support, sports and recreation, life skills and homework support for our children;
- 15 of our children participated in a march and child participation event organised by the Msundizi Municipality and the members of Children in Distress Network (CINDI);
- In partnership with Dlalanathi, a local organisation we trained facilitators in bereavement play skills. The trained facilitators later implemented the skills with three groups of children in three areas- Edendale, Eastwood and PMB Central.
- From August 2009, BCA started an HIV Prevention programme for boarding houses in Pietermaritzburg which is a unique niche’ for BCA;
- The organisation’s success with the MACAIDS Fellowship Leadership Initiative (MAFLI) application, allowed the coordinator to attend a five week training on HIV prevention. This led to the beginning of BCA’s Youth on Board project. This included training 18 peer educators living in three boarding houses and eight youth workers with HIV prevention life skills;
- In partnership with SLOT and other organisations we have a youth empowerment programme which focusses on building entrepreneurial skills, life skills and support to our disadvantaged unemployed youth.
- In 2008 BCA held its first voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) for HIV, where over 200 people participated;
- In 2007, the work with a community group was successful in the closure of a local illegal tavern. This created a safer environment for the community around Boom Street;
- In 2011, BCA initiated workshops for 10 local organisations on Peaceful Community Change;
- From 2012, BCA has started sharing its resources with Mthunzini orphanage in Mozambique. It has also had an opportunity to send flood relief to the Chidope village in Mozambique.
BCA was set up in August 2007 after a process of the church (Breakthru Church International) realised it would like to be more intentional in its social ministry outreach. The church decided to establish a non-governmental organisation (NGO), a separate legal entity, which would be able to work in the community and contribute to preventing the degradation of the neighbourhood as well as making the neighbourhood a better place in which to live.
The church is located in a neighbourhood that formerly had proud homeowners. Their exodus from the area has meant that family homes are being converted to rental units, which then become tenant farms.
The church is committed to helping this community restore the dignity and value that has been eroded rather than standing by and watching it decay.
BCA was therefore established to target the youth, children and families of the neighbourhood in the hope of impacting in a positive way, the lives of everyone living in the neighbourhood. The organisation has since decentralised its childhood programmes to 10 areas.
BCA receives a large portion of its operational and funding support from Breakthru Church International.
Registered Address: 43 Boom Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
Communication address: P.O. Box 11524, Dorpspruit, 3206
Tel: 033 394 1546
Fax: 086 513 7378
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