Having consulted with various prominent people concerning the formation of a developmental welfare organisation, a very enthusiastic social worker, fresh from the United States of American with her Master’s degree in Social Work, was advised to formally consult with the existing community organisations and interested community members.
As such, on the 31 May 1988, Langa KwaNobuhle Self Help And Resource Exchange, popularly known simple as SHARE, was launched during the most violent times in Uitenhage, where a brother was killing a brother and most leaders were in hiding due to the political oppression of apartheid regime.
This necessitated a prolonged process of consultations with various leaders of all political organisations. As each organisation wanted its programmes to be adopted by SHARE, it was decided to rather approach the people themselves to tell SHARE their social problems. This was done in 1989 through Community Need Assessment Survey conducted by the volunteer students with a small grant that was received from the then Mobil Foundation under George Gibbs. The findings of this survey resulted in the opening up of SHARE office with two staff members, which activated the formalisation of SHARE as a registered welfare organisation in 1990. During the same year SHARE was given free usufruct of the use of the old and dilapidated former single man’s Hostel for its social welfare developmental programmes by the then KwaNobuhle Town Council. SHARE raised funds to have the old hostel repaired into a usable and respectable Community development complex that accommodated all SHARE programmes and hired out the unoccupied unit to community members for small business like Upholstery, Door and Window Frame manufacturing, welding workshop and for emerging community-based organisations / non-governmental organisations. In 1995, the Uitenhage TLC decided to donate the old hostel to SHARE. However, to date the property has yet to be transferred to SHARE’S name. This has resulted in lost opportunities for funding to further develop and upgrade the property as funders require a title deed to show the property belongs to SHARE.
Vision and Mission
SHARE is striving to release full individual, group and community potential from bondages of dependency to enhanced self-actualisation and self-reliance in the field of social welfare development.
An empowering social agent steeped in the African tradition of Ubuntu (defined as umntu ngumntu ngabantu; doing the right thing), working as an extended family providing accessible and viable social developmental welfare programmes at community level throughout the Eastern Cape, to release people from dependency and enhance self-reliance. SHARE’s values, which underpin their service to clients includes; ubuntu, compassion and empathy, restoring human dignity, custodian of child and client’s rights, community family-centred, participatory and developmental sharing organisation.
Track Record of SHARE
SHARE has been in existence since 1988 and has been managing and operating the SHARE Community Development Complex since 1990 when it was still dilapidated and a shunned old hostel by the community. Through the efforts of its director, the SHARE Board and staff, the organisation has survived and proved to be a sustainable community project. It is one of the few successful community based organisations in Eastern Cape that is female headed and managed by the local people.
- SHARE has successfully upgraded Phase one and two of SHARE Complex-namely Lukhanyiso Home in 2003 with support from Germany and with the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund completed phase 3, the administration block;
- SHARE has established community based nonprofit organisations that agitated for more schools, more social workers, and establishment of preschools and crèches in all areas of the township;
- It has also seen the establishment of a successful community based children’s home serving 60 to 80 children a year and unifying them with their parents / relatives. It operates a workshop for youth with disabilities, and the upgrading of Lukhanyiso Home from being a shelter for street children to a fully fledged Child and Youth Care centre catering for up to 36 children at a time;
- SHARE has trained 300 unemployed women in sewing skills and catering skills including construction skills. Programme has since closed;
- Mobilised for resources to be bought to KwaNobuhle like Achib, Get Ahead Foundation during the 1990s;
- Organised for the establishment of a Literacy project, a Career Guidance centre, a Vaseline project which were later taken and run by community members;
- Led and served as an office for NECC that established needed schools in Uitenhage, Necc Uitenhage was one of the successful NECC in South Africa in the 1990 due to SHARE administrative support;
- Currently SHARE has four social workers and two social auxiliary workers subsidised by the department of social Development. The focus is on Child protection-statutory work, placement of vulnerable children in either foster care or at the Child And Youth care centres, parent training, recruiting and organising Community Safe homes, community Outreach, facilitating and training existing local community-based organisations;
- Operating a protective workshop for 45 mentally challenged youth SHARE Social Workers reach out to community and hold meetings in open veld in squatter camps where necessary in order to deliver a service. The support SHARE receives from the local community ensures sustainability and is proof that the organisation is providing valuable service. The community recognise that.
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