Madikwe Rural Development Program, Groot Marico

The MRDP is a registered Non-Profit Organisation assisting the people in the Madikwe area in the Northwest Province of South Africa in their development endeavours. Our main goal is to improve the living situation of the people in this mainly poor and deep rural area by being a resource organisation for them. We support the community members that they can secure their livelihoods and become empowered as happy and self-sustained members of a healthy community.

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A Person is a Person Because of Other People

Their main goal is to maintain the MRDP as a pivotal developmental resource organization for the communities of the Madikwe region which everyone may access freely and mahala to ask support to solve development problems they perceive in their daily lives.

In the centre are the human being and his/her personal development, following the traditional principle of “Motho ke motho ka batho/Ubuntu” (A Person is a Person Because of Other People). The people should grow to independent and confident individuals, who internalised their abilities and strengths.

It is important to expand their beliefs regarding themselves and their inborn potentials that they can develop into self-confident personalities who live their lives happily. Education is the key to a better quality of life. Therefore we put our focus on education and training. In schools, nursery schools and through adult training in the fields of crafts and agriculture, the young and old should gain skills and knowledge. Furthermore, the health awareness needs to be focused on and improved. South Africa has one of the highest HIV/ Aids rates in the world. Especially the rural areas need prevention and counselling. But also the empowerment of the people is important as well as the equality of gender. This is a centre point of our various women and youth projects.

The MRDP supports a wide variety of projects. It does not start projects on its own, but supports, where communities, which perceived a problem in their environment and failed to solve it autonomously.

We also strive to share our world with volunteers from other countries so that they can learn about alternative ways of life, thought and world views. They grow as human beings through their exposure to our world.


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