is a self-help centre for destitute children and families
in Marianhill, on the outskirts of Durban, South Africa. Jabulani
means 'happiness' in Zulu and that is what this project tries
to bring to the lives of the people living in squatter camp
settlements in and around Marianhill by empowering them in
various ways to be self-sufficient.
Charlotte first visited Jabulani in 1997 and as a result
Trade plus AidŽ funded candle-making and carpentry equipment
and materials to expand these workshops, creating fairly-paid
work for those members who rely on Jabulani.
In 2000, Trade plus Aid helped to provide two sea containers
that were generously donated by the US corporation, Sea Containers
America. The containers now provide much needed secure storage
for the goods produced by the candle-making
and sewing workshops.
In 2003, Sister Marco and the ladies at Jabulani requested
help setting up a sewing project. Trade plus Aid responded
by funding 8 sewing machines and an overlock. The sewing project
now produces practical garments for sale to the local community.
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Jabulani, founded by Sr. Marco Gneiss and a handful of Zulu
men, women and children in 1988 to offer practical assistance
to jobless and homeless people, focuses on providing basic
needs like food, shelter and education for its members.
Jabulani has developed into a tightly-bonded community, a
safe and supportive place where its members work together
to create a better future for themselves, their families and
their immediate community.
Jabulani operates various workshops to provide
people with training and work so they can, in turn, support
their families and attain personal dignity. The workers' youngest
children are cared for in the Jabulani creche and nursery
school whilst Jabulani pays for the older children to attend
local schools and organises after school activities and extra
lessons at the centre. All members and their children are
provided with nutritious meals from Jabulani's own kitchens
Jabulani's door is always open to those in need and non-members
are often entrusted with selling Jabulani candles and garments
made by Jabulani in their own community, in return for food
and other assistance.
Jabulani is a non-profit organisation. Any profit from the
sale of goods is used to contribute towards operating costs
but the centre relies upon contributions from individuals,
churches and other concerned groups. For further information