All our projects focus on the interplay of environment and humanity and how the well-being of the one intimately influences the other. We try to solve problems by identifying a singular cause, and devise solutions thereto with the aid of surrounding communities based on their own knowledge systems and heartfelt relationships with the environment. Additionally we stimulate individual sustainable economic incentives in harmony with the environment, in this way empowering communities based on their latent environmental cultural attributes so as to facilitate positive change.
Save-A-Sidewalk, is a project aimed at cleaning and greening roads and sidewalks in the residential Warrenton area. The project is based solely on the fact that one’s surrounding environment has an undeniable effect on one’s inner well-being, and one’s inner well-being an effect on one’s outer world.
With this project we hope to change the morale of the Warrenton community. Beautiful environments tend to attract and create beautiful people, and beautiful people tend to create beautiful environments.
This project aims to demonstrate that cleaning something as simple as a sidewalk can have a measurable effect on well-being.
Source Point, in colabortion with LandCare, a branch of the DAFF, presents; Moringa It!
Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, hardy tree that is known throughout the world for it’s medicinal uses. Indigenous to India, Pakistan and Nepal, the tree is fortunately, not invasive and is grown throughout South Africa where it acts as traditional medicine to various communities.
According to both science and traditional healers, this plant has an immense capacity for uplifting the immune system and is referred to as a “super-food”. It is a source high in minerals, vitamins and essential amino-acids, therefore acting as a nutritional protein. It contains potassium (K), calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), vitamins C, E and A to mention a few and can be ingested in various ways.
The leaves, gums, flowers, pods, bark and roots are powdered and used for its nutritional, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and tissue-protective benefits. It is claimed to aid in the treatment of diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, respiratory problems, skin disorders, digestive disorders, cardiovascular and liver maladies, cholesterol etc.
All over Africa the moringa leaf powder is commonly used as a supplement by both HIV and TB infected people as it aids the ailing immune system and therefore protects against secondary infections.
Areas characterized by poverty and need in general are targeted. Additionally, these trees are to be planted where no greenery of any kind exist. Barren areas consisting of nothing but empty, dusty yards and small poverty-stricken homesteads, leaving one with a feeling of desolation and hopelessness. It is our hope that these trees, in time, will provide a much-needed touch of love in the form of something green, and that this change in environment may also change the morale of the people living around it, based both on its visual as well as nutritional and medicinal values.
If you would like to play a part in this simple, yet most effective tree hugging initiative, please sponsor a tree or three!
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ECCI Environmental Conservation
through Cultural Innovation
The Environmental Conservation through Cultural Innovation (ECCI) project aims to promote Vaal River System conservation via a marriage between the preservation of environmental cultural heritage and art creation. Four very unique areas are involved; Ikhutseng, Majeng, Warrenvale and Warrenton, as we would like everyone to take ownership, but as importantly, learn about each other’s cultures, and to highlight the very special bond all cultures share with the environment and art.
This is achieved by exploring, refining and archiving indigenous cultural stories with specific emphasis on the Vaal River System from stories told to the elders within the different communities by their ancestors.
These stories are then relayed to locally identified artists that have the task of embodying these stories in natural sculptures. The artists undergo training for the design of twenty large scale sculptures, whilst crafters and artisans’ from within the community aid the process. For refinement and an additional educational conservation touch, the area surrounding the sculptures is to be coloured with indigenous plants with the purpose of acting as an educational public park and tourist attraction. The stories together with their sculpted counterparts is also captured in a book which will be distributed to 1000 community members, and at a later stage, could act as a tourist souvenir which profit could be harnessed toward park maintenance.
The project was developed in such a way as to impart specific skillsets for all participating categories (e.g. crafters, artisans and artists) which is to act as sound foundations for SMME's, as a project closure initiative, the participants will receive additional training so as to explore their economic incentives further, these trainings will consist of accredited entrepreneurial small business management and financial management courses.
In a nutshell, this project promotes, but moreover sustains the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) as imbedded in South Africa’s NDP (National Development Plan, outcome # 14), whilst promoting the conservation of the environment which makes such activities possible (NDP outcome # 10), all the while recognising tourism as one of the main drivers of employment and economic growth (NDP outcome # 4).
This is a large project and has been funded in full. by DEA. Project implementation is dependent upon the discretion of DEA. May you however find this project of interest and would like to further invest in initiatives that may add value to the community in relation hereto please don't hesitate to contact us.
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A River of stories : Vaal Mystery
A River of stories: Vaal Mystery is a community-based storybook built upon stories collected form all areas forming part of the Magareng district. These include: Warrenton, Ikhutseng, Warrenvale and Majeng Village.
This book forms part of the Environmental Conservation through Cultural Innovation project, with its main objective being the conservation of the Vaal River System and secondary hereto, the upliftment of the community at large.
Based upon a resource assessment of the Magareng area, the Vaal River System is its largest environmental resource but unfortunately there exists a total disconnect between the community and the object that is to be preserved. Moreover, it is apparent that there exists no relationship between community members and their general surroundings at large.
This is reflected in the cleanliness and aesthetic value of the town, the lack of sustainable conservation initiatives as well as sustainable economic incentives with the environment as base. Additionally, it is clear that the emotional well-being of the community at large is in a dire strait due to a myriad of reasons outside of the scope of this introduction, but which this project would like to address in a creative manner.
Our forefathers understood the intricate relationship of environment to man intimately, and in their way tried to relay this information to future generations via stories where the natural environment was personified to deliver a message of environmental harmony. These stories. although so incredible and loaded with a deep sense of environmental conservation, are seldomly told these days and to a lesser extent archived or celebrated.
Our focus, and golden thread between the community/individual and the surrounding environment, has therefore become cultural stories that are deeply rooted in the environment, whether this be the natural or built milieu.
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These stories foster pride in both self and surrounding environment. It touches the heart and provides that heartfelt relationship toward the object that is to be preserved. Moreover, it awakens the mind to the presence of this very same relationship within the hearts of others. It promotes social cohesion among a group that shares something very general but truly unique. We share the same joy the same sorrow, the same views, the same history, the same beliefs, the same piece of earth. This feeling of belonging drives positive change, and one must always remember that change is motivated by people, not governments or organizational structures.
We would like to instil a sense of belonging and pride in as many community members as possible. A donation of only R300 will cover the cost of one of these coffee table story books. Your donation will help touch one more heart , in turn igniting positive change for the upliftment of both community and environment.
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Reclaiming The ‡Khomani San Identity Project
South Africa’s ‡Khomani San/Bushmen have a long and rich history – indeed they are viewed by many anthropologists as South Africa’s last remaining first people and now have a long awaited opportunity to reclaim their power and identity. We are seeking to support them in these efforts.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP), once the home and heartland of the Bushmen, was proclaimed in 1931, and therefore those Bushmen living in the Park were forced into service by the new Park Management or evicted. The community dispersed to all four corners of the subcontinent and found themselves marooned in a modern world which was not only alienating but scary. Wholly dependent upon their environment for their very existence on a physical, emotional and spiritual level, they were truly uprooted. The Park management had no idea what they’d lost, whether due to ignorance or lack of a heartfelt need to preserve cultural heritage along with the environment, seeing one as separate from the other.
Much transpired from 1994 during South Africa’s quest for freedom leading up to 1999 when the Promised Land was legally transferred back to the Bushmen again. Getting their land back gave this scattered group a flicker of hope. Sadly, however, along with the land came a variety of scavengers, including shady bureaucrats and ignorant do-gooders, all showing the community their ways, and never sincerely considering the ways of the ‡Khomani San, or considering that true change can only be sustained by momentum set alight in the hearts of individuals with a common goal.
In August of this year however, after decades of being told what to think, do and decide, a group of wise and knowledgeable community members decided to take their fate back into their own hands. They met in a protected space where they feel connected, rooted and supported by an environment that makes them whole: the !Ae!Hai Kalahari Heritage Park, discussing specific ways to reclaim their dignity, their ancient knowledge on self-governance, and how to resist the malevolent forces from both within and outside the community.
Please help keep this momentum going. Below is a list of practical needs:
Transport to and from the park for meeting purposes
Food to sustain the group during meetings
Simple administrative infrastructure e.g. phones for communication
Administrative and legal costs for registering the group as a legal entity
We envision that this assembly of likeminded individuals will give birth to identifying the real problems within the wider community, and will open the door to find grounded, practical solutions that are inclusive and truly environmental and economically sustainable.
Help us to help the ‡Khomani take back their own power and identity!
As one of our goals is collaborative problem solving, we involve ourselves on various fronts, engaging with stakeholders on a local and provincial level.
We try to make small changes by organizing and implementing small campaigns, investing in infrastructure and projects that promotes environmental and emotional well being through the promotion of humanitarian factors e.g. indigenous knowledge systems, tourism, arts and culture, etc. factors that can be transformed into sustainable economic incentives which stimulates positive change through the intricate interplay between humanity and the environment.
Some of these initiatives include;
Cleaning & Recycling in partnership with the Department of Environment and Nature Conservation, Pollution and Waste Management
Tourism Association Establishment in partnership with Magareng Local Economic Development (LED) and Frances Baard District Municipality LED and Tourism
Stakeholder in community development projects of Majeng village, a rural village, located 45km from Warrenton
Stakeholder in community development projects of WESSDA (Warrenton Economic Sustainable Skills Development Agency), which is in turn supported by IJR, Institute of Justice and Reconciliation
Support and preservation of the Indigenous Knowledge System of the Khomani San Bushmen e.g. Establishment of a youth dance group within the Khomani San community
We have also been part of the 7th Biennial National LandCare Conference in a awareness raising capacity regarding the preservation of our Water Resources. (LandCare is a division of the Department of Agriculture and Land Reform)
We act on the following platforms : Francis Baard Local Economic Development (LED) and Tourism committee, Magareng LED and Tourism, Majeng Village stakeholder committee, the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation ambassadors forum, Magareng tourism committee, Warrenton Police forum
Source Point strives to never shy away from any opportunity that has the ability to uplift communities or to change the environment for the better. Our participation on all the various platforms and organizing of various events are therefore voluntary. General funding would allow us to implement more of these smaller initiatives, identify larger projects, allow for the compensation of our volunteers and therefore the growth of the organisation.
Funders & Partners
Our work is made entirely possible by the kind gestures of our funders and support of our partners.