As a Non-Profit orgnisation, we want to be able to move and be in places where the need as well as the potential for change is really big.
NEA is a Swahili word for “purpose, to prepare the way, to set in motion, to be a starting block”.
We want to get involved with the people in the community to start projects required in their specific community and then equip them to take responsibility for their own projects and lives. Our aim as a Non-Profit orgnisation is to prove to them they don’t have to depend on us to do everything, our role is to support them in their dream and purpose, and to encourage them to be what they were meant to be!!!
For this reason, NEA Foundation was established in 2011. We need to familiarize ourselves with the dynamics, cultures, values, roles and perceptions in the communities. Identifying potential leaders and change makers is fundamental to form power partnerships within the communities as well as to encourage ownership for accepting the challenges and the impact of the projects. We aim to achieve this by focussing on:
Connecting with the members of a community and acknowledging that they are the actual change agents, is fundamental to NEA’s approach.
Without a relationship we cannot have any influence. To value partnerships is the cornerstone of what NEA do. The end goal of each partnership between NEA and a community is sustainable management of programmes by community members, relationships are fundamental in reaching this goal.
Leadership development, mentorship and motivation are provided to projects to form a partnership approach and not a top-down approach. We learn, grow and change with each other.
Re-investment is encouraged during the partnership process of current projects. When you receive you CAN also give.
To purposefully create an environment where change is possible by focussing on:
- The strengths and potential of communities
- Effective service delivery in early childhood and family intervention
- Cultivating a sense of responsibility in communities for their own well-being and future Breaking the cycle of helplessness and the mind-set of dependency
- Creating awareness and opportunities for the involvement and empowerment of the public.
- The initiation of change starts in a relationship of respect, acceptance, love and patience. NEA acknowledges that we are the guests in a community working alongside the people of the community. We need to familiarise ourselves with the dynamics, culture, values, roles and perceptions in the communities. Identifying potential leaders and change makers in the communities is fundamental to form power partnerships within the communities as well as to encourage ownership for accepting the challenges and the impact of the projects.
- NEA values a holistic approach towards intervention, not working with a child in isolation but acknowledging the importance of parent involvement in the development of the child. Children attending the ECD are not merely treated as learners but as individuals who form part of a family who are valuable partners in the education of their child. Family involvement includes personal contact with the parents, skills development as well as job creation opportunities and in-service training at the schools for parents to become teachers and staff.
- NEA wants to create opportunities for people in the community to think new about service provision and their responsibility. We want to walk side by side with them and support them to ensure that they can take responsibility and be empowered, in order for them to start being independent and by being a beacon of hope for the rest of the community.
- NEA values the involvement of the public and believes in the contribution which individuals and corporate sponsors can make towards change. NEA shares the real life stories of the communities as well as a sense of hope and change. Feedback to sponsors is a priority for the staff of NEA.