Hanna Nel, Wim Roestenburg


To adhere to the new developmental welfare policy of South Africa, the Department of Social Work at the Rand Afrikaans University (South Africa) in co-operation with the African Self-Help Association (ASHA), a non-profit organisation, conducted a needs assessment for Soweto among all the families connected with the 40 preschool crèches of ASHA. Findings from participatory action research indicated a need for four different programmes: programmes for preschool children; programmes to enhance community leadership; family enrichment programmes; and special delivery programmes regarding HIV/AIDS, disability, crime and violence, illiteracy, poverty alleviation and substance abuse. Through the principle of inclusion, people took ownership of these programmes, which in turn had an empowering effect on them.

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