Social Development Goals
South Africa adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015. The SDG’s, also known as Global Goals, is a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030, all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The Grape Community focuses on rural social development and proudly supports 9 of the UN's Global Goals.
Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Early Childhood Development supports a child’s development from birth to the age of five. Services and programmes refer to holistic care; health, nutrition, play, learning and safety. Our programmes prepare children for life.
Our first ECD program was established in De Doorns, Western Cape in 2017.
Sunny Kids created 5 jobs and currently cares for and educates 25 learners between the ages of three and six. The centre is growing and expansion is underway. Soon we will double our capacity and improve the lives of an additional 25 children.
The monthly school fees of only R250 per month includes education, care and two nutritional meals.Several parents are seasonal workers and often struggle to contribute to yearly school fees. A small recurring gift will offer continued education of young minds and the development of strong bodies.
Previously known as Marchand crèche, this pre-school currently cares for and stimulates the development of almost 50 toddlers between the ages of 3 and 5 in Marchand, Northern Cape.
The monthly school fees of only R250 per month includes education, care and two nutritional meals.
Most parents are seasonal workers and often struggle to contribute to yearly school fees. A small recurring gift will offer continued education of young minds and the development of strong bodies.
Wellbeing of Agri-workers
Agri-workers play a vital role in the successes of the fruit export business. In 2009, Grape Company and Stems initiated a partnership between The Grape Community and the “Waterval Bediening Trust”, leading to the creation of the first “Kamp, van Dank” (Gratitude Breakaway).
Kamp, Van Dank
In 2009 The Grape Community NPC partnered with the “Waterval Bediening Trust” and established the first “Kamp, van Dank” (Gratitude Breakaway).
This weekend breakaway catered for more than 250 Agri-workers from the Grape Company and Stems production farms in areas Hex River, Bergriver, Langeberg, Witsenberg and Drakenstein, Western Cape.
“Waterval Bediening” facilitated the weekend. Activities included small group discussions, one-on-one counselling, lectures, praise and worship sessions and some much-deserved private time.
The feedback from the workers was immensely positive and since then, additional farms joined the annual weekend camp. Management and volunteers from The Grape Community and The Grape Company joins the breakaway on the Saturday evening where they engaged in cooking dinner for all the workers involved and share a meal with them.
Help give recognition and thanks by making a donation towards the next camp.
Caring for the Environment
The change we want starts with us!
A small daily choice will have a lasting impact on the environment. Children learn to caring for the environment and animals. Through integrated learning, we teach the future generation about sustainable living and encourage them to actively pursue it.
A donation of books fromThe Cape Leopard Trust teaches young minds about wildlife in a language of their choice. Books are available in Afrikaans, English, and Isixhosa.
Mirriam House started to plant vegetables on the side of the house and now has access to fresh and seasonal vegetables for the children's meals.
We encourage all our projects to consider starting a sustainable food garden and will offer resources to contribute towards food security and nutritional meals.
Ad Hoc Projects
We help where we can, when we can.
The Grape Community also assists community projects, Non-Profit Organisations and activities in the surrounding areas of production farms. When supporting external projects, we keep in mind that beneficiaries of these projects include Agri-Workers and family members from our production farms.
Capacity building plays a key role when we partner with a project. We offer resources, knowledge and support to help with administrative and legislative requirements with the aim to build a sustainable project.
The Mirriam House is a safe haven situated in Mbekweni. The Founder, Mirriam Toni, opened her home for children in need in 1991.
Along with 79 other foundations and donors, The Grape Community built a new house for Mirriam and the children after a devastating fire. Over a period of 10 years, The Grape Community provided food, clothing and funding for school fees,medical care, and water for Mirriam and the children.
Magda se Sopkombuis
Magda's Soup Kitchen, a non-profit organization, serves and supports disadvantaged communities in Drakenstein Municipality. Their services and support far extend the nutritional needs of the community. They also offer holistic support through education and recreation activities, general hygiene and spiritual interventions.
Magda’s Soup Kitchen works very closely with community members, the police and local municipality.
Salt and Light
The Salt and Light Children's Discipleship program is a Non Profit Organisation that works with children between the ages of four and 14. Their community-based work shares the good news of Jesus Christ.
Hope and Dreams, Achieving the Stars - Hannely Eusau
Hanneley Eusau’s dedication and academic potential was brought to the attention of the Grape Community after her mother, a single parent and farm worker, told her boss about her teenager’s gift for numbers. The owner of Desperado Farm made contact with The Grape Company and in turn, her story ended up on Christo’s desk. Hanneley was invited to do aptitude tests at the university and decided to study BCom Financial Accounting.
In 2012, Hanneley matriculated and was accepted to study at the University of Stellenbosch and The Grape Community negotiated and assisted with sponsorship.
The transition from Agri-worker's daughter to university student was difficult. It was her dedication and persistence that pulled her through. In 2015 she graduated and was offered to continue her Honours studies in BCom Financial Accounting. In 2017 she started her articles at Moore Stephens VDA Incorporated.
Today Hanneley holds two degrees from Stellenbosch University and is registered as a South African Chartered Accountant.
Well Done Hanneley!!