Computer centre coming

2016-02-23 06:00
 This room will host a multi-purpose resource centre equiped with atleast 8 computers. PHOTO: samantha lee

This room will host a multi-purpose resource centre equiped with atleast 8 computers. PHOTO: samantha lee

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A project set to be completed within the next two months will benefit several residents and youth at risk.

Ikamvu Ubomi, a youth and skills development organisation, has partnered with the First Church Restoration Centre based at Camp Joy to renovate two rooms on the property as a resource centre.

First Church representative Pastor Craven Engel, who is responsible for the centre on the Camp Road property, says the project should take about two months to complete.

“We have partnered with Ikamvu Ubomi before to set up a resource centre in Hanover Park that is fully functional now. I approached [the organisation] because the community needs this,” says Engel.

The centre will be open for the use of the community.

Engel says the centre will offer computer training and access to the internet.

“There will be specific time slots for residents, but the centre will be open 24/7 with full internet access,” he says.

The project was launched on Wednesday last week.

Engel says there is a need for skills training as part of the programme to help ensure participants have skills that will enable them to find jobs and keep on the straight and narrow after leaving the programme.

A second space will also host a conference area.

Eugene Walker, founder of Ikamvu Ubomi, says the project is a big undertaking and the centre participants will play a big role in setting up the centre.

“We are looking to have between eight and ten computers, depending on the space. We also already have people training to run the space,” he says.

The project will require paint, flooring and other upgrades before set-up can take place. Buco hardware store will supply all necessary building materials.

Buco branch manager Dolan Petersen says they make sure to give back, not only to build brand but to build community.

“We have done some major projects thus far and that plays a part in building the community. It is critical that we support the community. We will be supplying all the paint, building materials and all other supplies needed for this project,” says Petersen.

Ikamvu Ubomi was also instrumental in setting up a screen-printing room six months ago where some of the participants are currently creating and designing their own T-shirts, cups and other goods.

Ward councillor Elton Jansen and Ratepayers’ Association chairperson Gaironesa Diedericks agree the project is a great idea.

“I always support projects that have youth development as a high priority. I believe that everyone needs a second chance and this programme is giving them a second chance. I also like the idea of a computer project because many young people in the community are not educated and this will have the resources to equip and empower them,” says Jansen.

Diedericks says she will definitely make use of the services.

“This is a very positive programme. I really hope it grows from strength to strength,” says Diedericks.

V For more information call Edwina May on 072 670 4473.

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