QPC has three current projects:
1) The Ncedanani Hub in Khayelitsha
2) Changing the law on violence against children
Monitoring and Evaluation
Project 1: The Ncedanani Hub in Khayelitsha
Ncedanani -Help yourself in Xhosa. This project opened on 2nd April 2018 and is planned to grow in 3 stages.
The aim is to encourage self help in every way possible – individually and collectively. The concept is simple. People (especially in the poorest communities, have problems of every kind and very often do not know how to deal with them. The Hub will start as an information centre/ advice bureau. It will develop two databases. 1) of all support services in both government and civil society and, 2) a data base of needs and resources available or required by the community. The hub, centrally situated in Khayelitsha, has a project manager, a database operator and community assistants. Staff and contractors are drawn from the community. Their job it is to circulate in the township, advertise the hub-service, find those individuals and communities with problems and guide them to the hub.
The hub will not offer solutions but, using the databases, will be able to guide the applicant to those who can provide it.
Computers are available for those who can use them, for example, for job hunting, information gathering and CV preparation.Stage 1: Spreading throughout the township in stages the hub will eventually serve the whole of Khayelitsha and the successful hub model will translate to any township.Stage 2: The second stage adds communities. Communities are any organised body e.g. schools, sports clubs, churches etc. The hub will help them identify their communal needs and their collective resources and will then help to link them up. An obvious need in the High Schools is for career guidance.Stage 3 The third stage adds training in a range of Peace and anti-violence topics. These include understanding, and using, the Constitution, Restorative Justice, Parenting support, Safe schools as others as needs are identified. Also AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) whose workshops will run in Pollsmoor Prison and in Khayelitsha where the focus is ex-prisoner re-integration.
Project 2:Changing The Law
Submissions to Parliament – where relevant to QPC’s mission.
Currently parents may “reasonably chastise” their children and corporal punishment is forbidden in schools. In practice beating children is seen as “normal” and corporal punishment in schools is widely (if illegally) practised. QPC has joined with the Centre for Child Law, the UCT Childrens Institute and Sonke Gender Justice to go the Gauteng High Court on this .
The implications of budget changes on community poverty and violence. Submission was made to the Select Committee on Finance on 28 February 2018 regarding increase in VAT and its effect on the poorest.
QPC has joined with another NGO – Accountability Now – to challenge corruption within the state by:-
a) Advocating for the establishment of a “Chapter 9 Integrity Commission” able to investigate and directly prosecute the corrupt. It important that it be under Chapter 9 of our Constitution as it is not then subject to government interference.
b) Advocate for the a Commission of Enquiry into State Capture by outsiders.
c) Advocate for cancellation of part of the corrupt 1984 Arms deal which relates to the acquisition of R34 billion rand and recouping this to the focus.
d) Advocate for the recovery of monies held by the Social Security contractors.
Monitoring and Evaluation
QPC is acutely aware of the difficulties of M&E within some of its projects but also, that monitoring, evaluation and reporting on its projects is essential both as a guide to QPC itself ( are the strategic aims being met ?) and to our supporters.
We recognise that it may be necessary to bring in outside expertise and this is in hand.