Empowering and transforming communities is the mission of the non-profit organisation (NPO) Serve2serve in Grassy Park. “We invest in people and their communities by training and inspiring them to create their own life-changing solutions through programmes that combine agriculture, literacy, water, health and general social development,” says Anthea Jacobs, chief executive officer of the organisation.The NPO is an international development organisation, founded by Francois Evertson, and strives to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the most deprived areas. “We work with the different communities and the programmes that we present are done in partnerships with businesses in that community. The business owners and the residents in the community are in contact with each other, on a daily or monthly basis and are aware of the needs in the community,” she says.They help to improve the quality of life of all in the community by giving solutions to their daily struggles, as well as for the long term.“We focus on excellence in education and encourage and help the youth to achieve good marks in school. In some communities we address social and emotional issues that the women experience on a daily basis by equipping them with the necessary skills programmes,” says Jacobs.Some of their programmes include nourishment, personal development, skills development and training and counselling. Through the programmes the NPO hopes to change the community “to achieve a common goal, to serve and give hope to others”. The organisation’s mission is piloting new development initiatives by using the expertise and resources of people in and outside the NPO.“We help the communities to help themselves by keeping their own needs sustainable, and we facilitate networks and partnerships. We also help communities to make better decisions regarding their well-being and to equip them with knowledge and skills to improve their economic status,” she says. “We are all aware of unemployed people with certain skills and through the skills programmes we help them to generate their own income.”Jacobs also says that they help the communities to increase their income through partnerships with industries.“We give special attention to the needs of the youth, women and elderly and hope to maintain and strengthen our partnership with all involved communities as well as businesses. “I invite anyone that can help with community projects to contact me. We need help with the needs in communities on the Cape Flats and further, that we have not exposed to our programmes,” she says. Contact Anthea on 079 813 5545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.