NPC Made for More broke ground on land in Amahlongwa in 2021 to build a centre for people with disabilities and they are making steady progress.
South Coast, South Africa (24 January 2023) – The rural village of Amahlongwa is getting a centre that specialises in empowering people with disabilities all thanks to generous donors and the Made for More team.
‘Made for More’ is a Non-Profit Company and a Public Benefit Organisation that aims to include, empower and equip people who have disabilities, through sports and mental health programmes.
‘Made for More’ uses sport as a vehicle to drive hope, build relationships, and instil morals and values while equipping and giving athletes the opportunity to pursue their sporting careers provincially and on a national level.
The organisation promotes surfing for people with disabilities, and it is one of their most successful campaigns.
However, they are busy with a huge project that will empower so many more people with disabilities. In 2020, the NPC was given a piece of land in the rural community of Amahlongwa on the South Coast of Durban.
They plan to build a centre that will work with the community and empower those who have disabilities. Having a disability in a rural community can be very tough. This is why moving Made for More into the community, would be life-changing for those who need them most.
“This will be a safe space where people with disabilities will be included, equipped and empowered through our various programmes. The building will also create sustainability and employment opportunities for community members and more specifically, people with disabilities.”
They have worked towards building on this land in phases. They set up a GivenGain fund to raise $200,000 for the project and to date, have raised around $7,366 on that fund. Several South Africans have gotten involved too!
The most recent has been Build It Pinetown, which donated R5000 worth of supplies for the building project. As anyone who has built or is building a house will tell you, it is a stressful experience with many unforeseen costs. Made for More is jumping these hurdles while raising every cent they can to cover it.
The team updated the build funders in November 2022 after Lesters Plumbers donated their time to install the plumbing for the Security and Staff housing building that has gone up as part of phase one. The plumbing team did the water piping, geyser fitting and septic tank all pro-bono as part of giving back to the community.
There is still quite a bit to do in phase one as you will see below, but people are inspired to make a change in this community and are willing to support it.
“Phase 1: Information Center, Coffee Shop, Security & Staff Housing and Sustainable Farming Initiative
Phase 2: Inclusive Student Housing
Phase 3: Multipurpose Sports Hall, Training Center, Offices and Church
This space will be state of the art and the first of its kind to be designed inclusively and specifically for disability sport, trainings, counselling, leadership camps and employment opportunities. Help us to create a space that will break stigma, restore hope and raise the next generation of passionate and purpose filled leaders in our country.”
If you would like to get involved, you can reach out to Made for More here.