Project outcomes

 

Specific outcomes

  • Enhancement of self confidence in the children
  • Establishing a goal and purpose for their lives
  • Improvement in academic performance
  • Empowerment regarding problem solving skills
  • Children equipped with knowledge to make informed life decisions
  • An enhanced sense of community in Klapmuts

Broader community outcomes

The long term goal of Watergarden is to be of benefit to the whole community of Klapmuts, and to increase collaboration between the different sectors and organisations. The Watergarden project adopts a community psychology approach as it aims to implement the five values namely prevention; empowerment; psychological sense of community; social justice and an ecological perspective.

This project is preventative in nature as it presents alternative activities for the children, as well as the enhancement of the mastering of age appropriate developmental tasks that may strengthen resilience to mental health problems later in their lives.

This project will focus on the empowerment of children in terms of acquiring certain skills that will enable them to cope with difficulties in their lives. The project is also empowering to adults in the community as it contains an employment and educational component. The aim is to offer remuneration to approximately 10 people from the community who can help with facilitating the project. These people would receive the proper training to facilitate programmes. The aim is to identify more senior learners/school leavers with leadership qualities and draw them into the Project to act as facilitator/mentors and role models to the younger learners. The empowerment aspect aims to bring new resources into a community and allowing the people to take ownership and control these resources. As such the community is also being empowered.

A psychological sense of community refers to a sense of belonging and common commitment that individuals experience within a collective unit. This value is advanced as the community members become involved and take ownership of the project. The motivation behind this is that social change will eventually take place within the community.

Klapmuts can politically be viewed as a previously disadvantaged community. Bringing resources into this community that previously lacked it may thus be seen as a form of implementing social justice.

An ecological perspective is adopted in the sense that children as well as the community are viewed holistically, thus within the context of their environment.

 

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