This project was initiated in 1994, with funding from the Israel Africa Foundation, the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation has developed a prototype for a sustainable, multi-purpose P.E.A.C.E. Centre at Ndumo, on the border of KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique.
To date the P.E.A.C.E. Foundation in partnership with the private sector and the local community has provided:
- Twenty-five classrooms built at St. Phillips and Ndumo High School
- Teacher’s accommodation for twenty self-contained cottages – teachers pay rent to the Management Board for these facilities, ensuring ongoing maintenance and sustainability.
- A variety of educational support programmes have been provided to the local schools, including the Commercial School, which was established by a local teacher, Mr. J.J. Mthethwa. These educational support programmes include a library at the Ndumo High School, Internet connectivity through which to download educational material, television sets and video recorders, with the aim of upgrading the standard of education offered at these schools, and to provide a resource base for other schools in the district.
- TeleCentre – funded by Universal Service and Access Agency
- Waste Management
- P.E.A.C.E. Multi-Purpose Community Centre
- A Bakery and educational resource centre were funded by the National Lottery.
Regrettably, neither of these initiatives are any longer functional. The Bakery equipment was sold to the local SPAR as they were not able to compete with the cut prices of bread that would be sold at the SPAR once they opened their own Bakery. The resource centre also seems to have come to a stop along with a very disappointing pre school, in spite of being equipped with toys from Eskom.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of the current Centre Manager, however, the Centre has still managed to be sustainable.