New developments for Botrivier Advice and Development Center

The Botrivier Advice and Development Center (BADC) has continued its development with the launch of a new cyber center. The impressive new facilities, donated by DG Murray, consist of 10 computers and workstations located in a dedicated and newly renovated building, attached to the existing Advice and Development Center. For many, it will be the first time that they have had the opportunities to create CVs, write formal letters, and connect with other people through the internet.

The cyber center is BADC’s latest addition to a comprehensive range of services which it provides to the community of Botrivier. Having been present in the community and supported by SCAT for 22 years, BADC has become the heartbeat of Botrivier, a small agricultural community of 7,000 people nestled within the vineyards and orchards of the Overberg municipality. Despite its idyllic setting, large numbers of the community live in conditions of poverty, as the seasonal nature of agricultural work fails to provide income security to thousands of people who cannot afford to travel long distances to find work in other towns.

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Over the past years, BADC has develPicture3.pngoped from a small and resource-poor advice office, to a well established development center that is clearly loved and supported by its community members. Whilst BADC continues to operate an advice center, which dealt with 436 paralegal cases during the past year, the Center has expanded its activities to include a wide range of programmes for community development. BADC operates a self-sustaining Early Childhood Development center with 150 children, and has developed the capacity of its locally recruited staff to teach and feed these children each day whilst their mothers look for work. Furthermore, as part of BADC’s mission – ‘Helping Young People to Imagine A Future’ – young members of the community have been  trained to teach lifeskills to other members of the community and to present comprehensive awareness campaigns based on  issues including HIV/AIDS and gender based violence.

Picture4.pngBADC brings the community together at a wide range of community events including festivals, parties, weddings and meetings, all of which the Center hosts within its own multi-purpose hall. BADC’s next community event will bring people together for World AIDS Day on 1st December, when the community will have the opportunity to learn about HIV/AIDS and get tested, alongside an entertainment programme featuring karaoke and a singing and dancing competition for kids.

Despite the desperately needed and well appreciated services of the Botrivier Advice and Development Center, many community members continue struggling to sustain their livelihoods. BADC’s new Cyber Center represents a way for resource-poor people to develop their own capacities through gaining access to information and a means of direct communication that can be used by anybody.

To find out more about the activities, achievements and development of the Botrivier Advice and Development Center, please visit their dedicated webpage.