Close the Gap visited several partner’s projects in Johannesburg and the Western Cape

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 12:00 AM by Close The Gap

In the light of the Belgian Trade Mission to South Africa, Close the Gap organized a project partner visit in Johannesburg and the Western Cape. It was a great occasion to catch up with some privileged long standing local partners and beneficiaries partners from Close the Gap projects.

Following projects and strategic partners were involved in the various discussions in order to identify further opportunities:

Hou Moed Youth & Community Center in the Western Cape

The Yomelelani Pre-School/Care Centre is an autonomous and registered NGO which is open each weekday. Children are provided daily with both breakfast and lunch. Close the Gap delivered many laptops to this youth center which are used by the youngsters to facilitate their job seeking task.

YMCA Mamelodi in the Mamelodi township nearby Pretoria

The YMCA is an international organization providing guidance to locally applicable centers where volunteers and local employees operate the individual YMCA associations.

In collaboration with its strategic partner Essent, Close the Gap, will install a full working ICT laboratory with connected internet ready machines in a public computer room at the YMCA Mamelodi. This digital project with enable unemployed young people to access to educational and employment readiness programs via the new communication technologies.

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town

Close the Gap, together with its strategic partner Ricoh Netherlands, is going to install ca 100 computers into several high schools. All the computers will be used in the different programs of Kethuphila which challenge young people by educating and empowering them to make responsible life choices. The purpose is to reach primary school and preadolescent children in order to delay sexual debut.

Medical Knowledge Institute (MKI)

MKI offers a platform for the delivery of and easy access to high quality healthcare education and information while supporting the development and humanitarian goals of healthcare programs. For several years, Close the Gap has been partnering with MKI in deploying several computer systems in the various townships where MKI operates. After a visit to one of these townships, Close the Gap was able to see how the digital technology is used on a day-to-day basis and how it really makes the difference for many health practitioners in terms of efficiency and learning.