WHAT IS P.E.A.C.E?
An integrated, holistic, sustainable approach to community
driven and partnered Local Economic Development.
In the understanding that development means the development of people, it is our objective to provide disadvantaged communities with the necessary tools and information to bring about their own development, and in so doing, improve educational and economic opportunities in their communities.
Providing online and remote access to educational support material and training courses from pre-school to tertiary
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Transforming subsistence farming into commercially sustainable cooperatives and industrializing the agricultural sector
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Providing essential centralized financial management and marketing support services to primary cooperatives
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Addressing Rural Poverty
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom” – Nelson Mandela
The Challenge: Endemic Rural Poverty
Some 15 million rural South Africans remain trapped in poverty, due to the social engineering of apartheid and the priority given to urban industries in the previous government’s economic policies. Reversing the damage of apartheid’s economic and educational policies and bridging the gap between rural and urban communities is a daunting challenge. Rural communities endure underdeveloped local infrastructure and an inability to communicate effectively through modern means, due to their physical location. Limited fixed line telephone access, no access to the internet and inadequate cell phone signal coverage, make sustainable economic development a huge challenge.
A Solution: The P.E.A.C.E Model
Established 21 years ago, the P.E.A.C.E Foundation has, over the years, developed a model which has proven its efficacy in a number of communities – creating cooperative jobs, improving education and providing essential, centralized services, to support cooperatives. The P.E.A.C.E. Model has been evaluated by Ashoka as being designed to coordinate and facilitate strategies for the alleviation of poverty in rural communities through the promotion and support of LED. At the heart of the model is the provision of centralized community access to information that supports and promotes LED initiatives, with a focus on the cooperative approach and improved educational standards. The model which is original, sustainable and replicable has an holistic approach to development, which accommodates and services the five central components of the P.E.A.C.E. acronym.
Over the next few months, ERP will be spending time in Kekana Gardens, adjacent to Dinokeng Game Reserve were are planning on poverty alleviation interventions to benefit the local communities. This is in line with the ERP strategy, where the conservation of elephants and rhinos is implemented together with poverty alleviation strategies that target communities next to these conservation areas. In this…
One of the biggest challenges facing rural communities in South Africa is a lack of adequate educational facilities. This, combined with other challenges such as poor sanitation and little or no access to water and electricity supplies, results in limited economic opportunities for the local population. If these challenges are not addressed with urgency young people in rural communities will lack the…
Elephants, Rhinos and People (ERP) has launched its new ambassador programme to assist in conservation of wildlife and alleviating poverty. Being the implementing arm of ERP initiatives, the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is part of this programme and we call upon you to sign up and become an ambassador. By becoming an ERP Ambassador, you will be joining a collective force of concerned people…