Village Projects (MVP) first began its work in 1986, by responding
to the national need for rehabilitation of youngsters who were displaced
due to the then ongoing conflict and/or who were generally impoverished
by lack of government funds to address their basic rights to food,
shelter, education and training.
initially set up a basic refuge for destitute children, Dikkelle
Children's Centre, so that they are able to reclaim their childhood
and rebuild their self-esteem. Children are referred to Dikkelle
by social workers, the courts, displaced person camp authorities
and other government organisations. Sports and the arts are both
used as vehicles to make remedial education and reintegration into
the national education system fun. Children with access to education
have more opportunities in life and are able to contribute more
to their communities.
is a transitional centre that traces families and works with community
to reintegrate children back into society as soon as possible. Children
usually stay from a few months to three years; although, children
who have been orphaned by the war often stay on for much of their
adolescence. The Makandura community is interested and involved
in the project and the children are very respected in the community.
Dikkelle is on a coconut plantation and grows much of its own food.
Dikkelle owns rice fields locally, has an excellent irrigation system
and has recently enabled Dikkelle to move towards being completely
self-sufficient in rice production.
Mr R.S. Patebendigai
Makandura Village Projects
North West Province
Tel & Fax: (0094) 312 299 698
Email: [email protected]