Our work in Zama Zama

Published on 19 June 2014

The James 1:27 Trust care team is partnering with the community of Zama Zama and enabling the community to build an environment that is suitable to the healthy and holistic development of each of their children.
© A. Dawson

An educational and support group for mothers in Zama Zama is held weekly, which has been called Cooperate and currently has ten members. This group provides basic education to mothers on the development of their children and the importance of their involvement in their emotional, social, cognitive and spiritual upbringing. This group also serves as a networking and community building opportunity to strengthen relationships between woman living in Zama Zama.

The James 1:27 Trust in collaboration with a group of volunteer mothers from Pretoria and community of Zama Zama is in the planning stage of developing a fully equipped Early Childhood Development Centre for the children living in Zama Zama. This Centre will provide high quality holistic care for approximately 100 children between 0-6 years old. Along with this centre there is hope to develop the external environment so that a safe play and recreational space can be provided. This centre hopes to serve as a hub of productivity and community building and provide an opportunity for future enterprises and projects to develop.

There is currently a weekly stimulation and play group held on Thursday’s which the volunteer group and mothers from Cooperate group facilitate, the hope for this group is to build a foundation from which the centre can evolve and grow from a grassroots level.

Support the New Schools of Hope Crèche in Zama Zama

Zama Zama is a community of 196 families, mostly refugees, living in an informal settlement on the outskirts of Daspoort just west of Pretoria. The Trust has helped to establish and continues to support a crèche in the community to encourage the healthy development of the children in the community.