Project Gateway is based in an old prison in the city of Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. In 1991, The Old Prison became available following its closure in 1989, and was given to Project Gateway to use. It was converted into a centre for community development projects. Through these projects, the Church was able to help people in crisis, providing care, education and empowerment to those in need.
Given the alarming statistics surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic, poverty and unemployment levels and the vulnerability of certain groups within our society, we aim to run effective and dynamic programmes, changing lives and impacting communities.
Over the years, Project Gateway has supported a huge variety of projects as they reached out to the local communities. Today, almost twenty five years on, we aim to equip and empower local people through our empowerment, care and education programmes:
Through our health and welfare department, we provide education, care and support in health related needs - mainly in the areas of HIV/AIDS and TB. We support a 15+ creches, and provide food vouchers to those in need, our Overnight Shelter provides a safe haven, accommodation and meals for the homeless on a daily basis, and our boarding home for orphaned and vulnerable children, or those with other special circumstances provides a safe and caring environment for some of the children enrolled at Gateway Christian School.
Our Empowerment programmes comprise the Gateway School of Fashion, a Computer Literacy Training School and a Business Skills Training Course and mentorship programme for local crafters.
Since the training programmes started, we have empowered hundreds of people, some of whom are now running their own successful small businesses. Providing practical training in areas of creative product design, business and marketing strategies, as well as life skills such as human rights and HIV/AIDS awareness, this training and mentoring will enable them to take action for positive change within their lives and communities.
Gateway Christian School, a registered independent primary school, seeks to provide good quality education at affordable fees for many of the children in the local area who would not normally have access to such a level of education.
We currently have 550+ children from Grades RR through to Grade 7, and are in the process of building four new classrooms as the school continues to expand.
Please visit our Statistics page to see the impact these programmes have had to date, or for more information about a specific programme based at Project Gateway, click one of the options from the side panel.
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