River of Life celebrates 25 years

2019-10-02 06:02
The Rivlife Community Centre.PHOTO: supplied

The Rivlife Community Centre.PHOTO: supplied

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THE RivLife Community Centre (RLCC), based in Cinderella Park, Pietermaritzburg, is a leader in community development. RivLife International is a registered Section 21 non-profit company and is also a registered non-governmental organisation (NGO) with the Department of Social Welfare. The Rivlife International Community Centre commenced operations in 2005. It is located in and operates primarily, but not exclusively, in Ward 34 and 38 within the Msunduzi Municipality. These communities are ravaged by high prevalence rates of HIV/ Aids, unemployment, poverty and low levels of literacy. These factors, together with other adverse social circumstances, contribute to the abject poverty conditions that exist in certain sectors of the community.

The aim is to create a better society by improving the living conditions of individuals and communities through the implementation of holistic and sustainable interventions addressing physical, economic, social and spiritual needs. In order to address the needs of the community holistically, the RivLife Community Centre provides care through four inextricably linked, cross-cutting focus areas.

These are: HIV/Aids, Vulnerable groups, Economic empowerment and Networking. Rivlife is committed to “Reaching, Resourcing and Reforming” society towards improved social conditions.

Some of the core activities run by Rivlife include: care and support of orphaned and vulnerable children, food distribution, family preservation, counselling services, HIV/Aids awareness and prevention, early childhood development, youth empowerment programs, substance abuse prevention, teen pregnancy, reducing the school drop-out rate, and health improvement programs.

Presently, Rivlife is in the process of constructing a new wing which will facilitate computer training and digital literacy programmes to empower the community with essential skills.

Rivlife Community Centre has established itself as a significant contributor towards social upliftment.

The organisation is run on good governance principles and has a proud record of having received clean audit reports by external auditors since inception. In addition to the management and church eldership, governance is also ensured by the RivLife executive board.

They have excellent working relationship with the KZN Department of Social Development and the work of the RivLife Community Centre has been publicly acknowledged.

Monitoring and evaluation systems exist for all of their programmes and their systems of financial management ensures that donations are accounted for and used responsibly.

— Supplied.

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