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Achievements

The activities that communities undertook had a direct bearing on each community’s sense of pride and gave Kwanda participants a real sense of achievement.

For example in Tjakastaad where the residents welcomed the decrease in gang warfare that was the result of a comprehensive initiative, undertaken by the Kwanda team in partnership with the South African Police Service. In Pefferville something as simple as clearing bushes in front of the school made the area safer.

Kwanda discovered a deep well of positive energy in communities that can be used to do a lot of good. It showed that communities are capable of finding their own solutions despite the environment and lack of resources. In particular it showed that when communities organise on their own behalf, government services are easier to deliver.

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