Atamelang Community Development Centre

Atamelang Community Development Centre was established and registered as an NPO in 2013. It was established by a group of community members in Tweefontein a small rural community with about 80 households with a population of approximately 4 000 people, situated ±120 km from Bloemfontein. The establishment of this organisation saw 2 organisations amalgamating into one organisation aimed at serving the needs of their community in terms of access to justice, food security, home based care, school after care programs and income generating projects. Their flag ship project is a communal food garden which has won numerous Agricultural awards in Bloemfontein and other major cities. The driving force behind this project is Ms Mmabatho Choane who acts as the spokesperson and the face of the organisation. Through their efforts the Department of Agriculture in the Free State erected a Hydrophonic structure which is used by members of the community for their vegetable production. To this extent they are in the process of registering a Cooperative with the Department of Trade and Industry.

Governance and management

Atamelang is led by a management committee of 5 members drawn from local community members, i.e.  A Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and 1 additional member. The committee meets once a month to consider the business of the organisation and updates from the various projects.  The organisation has 2 office staff members and 15 working in the food gardens and piggery projects.

 Main activities of the LDA

The main activities of the organization are:

  • Food security projects in the community for food sustenance by members of the community
  • Home based care to those infected and affected by HIV/Aids and the elderly in the community
  • Communal feeding scheme for the poor in their community using the produce from their communal garden
  • School after care program aimed at assisting learners with their studies, especially with Maths and Science
  • A piggery projects as a means of job creation and income generation for the organization

 

Highlights, achievements, innovative projects

Below are some the achievements of the organisation:

  • Participated and won awards in various agricultural shows in Bloemfontein and Johannesburg. Ms Mmabatho Choane was actually voted the Best Emerging Farmer in Bloemfontein in 2014.
  • Running a successful aftercare school program for 93 children in the local community. Their Chairperson, Mr Mongana is assisting learners with Maths and Science subjects in the local high school.
  • They have with the assistance of 3 ex-teachers initiated an Adult Education program for young adults in the community who were not able to finish high school but would still like to do so.
  • Created an income generating opportunity for the 11 people working in the communal food garden project.
  • Successfully running a school feeding scheme for at least xx learners in the local primary school and patients in the local health clinic.