Walmer Livelihood Change Makers

Impacting and empowering the community of Walmer and bringing positive change to Gqeberha

The purpose of Walmer Livelihood Change Makers Centre is to bring hope to the hopeless and a second chance in life, by impacting and empowering the community of Walmer and bringing positive change to Gqeberha.

The current economic climate in a post-Covid South Africa has put significant pressure on corporations and has resulted in many people losing their jobs. Many families that were depending on social grants have lost their only source of income as a result of the high mortality rate of Covid-19.

The community is faced with people who don’t know where their next meal is going to come from, driving higher crime rates in the area. The breadwinners of the families had a purpose, a work to go to but due to the loss of jobs they have lost hope. The hopelessness leads to depression and anxiety.

Today was the ceremony to receive our certificates for completed Life skills programme ??

22 October 2021

What Does The Skills Centre Offer

The Skills Centre will provide skills training to the unemployed for a nominal registration fee. It has been proven that this type of commitment keeps the learner accountable to complete the training and not drop out after a few lessons, as they attach more value and importance to paid for training than when they receive it for free.

The following Skills would be presented at the Skills Centre:

  • Life Skills (Facilitated by POPUP NMB)
  • Sewing
  • Computer Literacy
  • Baking
  • Gardens of Faithfulness – Micro-agriculture training

The Objective of the Skills Centre is the following:

  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Improving living standards
  • Enabling the Walmer residence to be financial independent
  • Combating crime rate
  • Empowerment of the community

Life Skills

This Biblically based, Christ-centred programme is compulsory for all learners to attend BEFORE any Skills training is done. The purpose with Life Skills is to bring wholeness to individuals in order to fulfil their God-given potential. The main objective is restoring hope and to encourage purposeful living. They will also be equipped with tools for personal growth.

Learners Will Learn To:

  • Understand their God-given potential
  • Deal with their personal identity
  • Understand the salvation plan of Christ – relationship vs religion
  • Undertake emotional healing and forgiveness
  • Take personal responsibility for choices as well as attitude in life
  • Develop self-knowledge through a personal assessment
  • Know the truth about lust and addiction
  • Understand sexuality and relationships
  • Recognise cultural diversity
  • Have HIV/AIDS, STD’s, and TB awareness

Crafting My Future:

  • Apply stress management and problem solving
  • Set goals and plan ahead
  • Manage their finances

Ready to Work Training

With this programme we aim to get you ready for the workplace, with the following tools:

  • Work skills
  • People Skills
  • Money Skills
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • CV writing and interview Skills

Skills Training

Providing of skills to individuals empowers them to become financially independent. An individual who learns a skill can be financially independent. Having a Skills Development Center would ideally be suitable to our candidates as group learning and would serve to be motivational to them. Learning with peers and people in sharing their circumstance would provide an environment ideal for their self-improvement and confidence.


Why Sewing?

The Skill of Sewing is by far the most practical tool and medium for our recipients. Sewing is easy to learn and yet the scope of aid for the learner is vast. From basic skills which will be of aid to her growing kids it also opens the door to entrepreneurship.  There is a wide variety of customers from school uniforms, alterations to creating a matric dress and charging a premium price for the garment, the opportunities are endless for the person who holds a strong entrepreneurship instinct.

Sewing Course

The course is offered over a period of 24 weeks where we will provide the best tutorship and learning experience for the learners.  The learner will pay a registration fee of R150. For this fee they will receive the course material, equipment (sewing machines) and all materials to learn the skill.

Gardens of Faithfulness – Micro-agriculture training

We have partnered with Farming God’s Way, to teach people to grow their own food, using what is available. This helps families feed themselves, but also allows scaling up the solution for profit and for community benefit.

Why Gardens of Faithfulness?

  • Teaching families and communities to feed themselves
  • Helping address the ever-increasing cost of food
  • One of the best ways to address poverty, is by empowering people to feed themselves.
  • Business opportunities through micro-agriculture


Computer Literacy

Computer skills as a bonus to the Sewing Class, providing training in the usage and application of Email, Word, and Excel. The course is offered over a period of 12 days where we will provide the best tutorship and learning experience for the learners.  The learner will pay a registration fee of R150.

Why Computer Skills Training?

Computer literacy is for anyone who wishes to become fully competent in the use of a computer and common applications. Computer skills enable people of all ages to understand and use technology to improve their personal and professional lives. The importance of work for young people lies not only in experience and income, but also in the intangible benefits it provides including independence, dignity, a sense of accomplishment and freedom.


The School of Baking

The learners will be able to attend the 4-week Home Bakers Course by paying the R150 registration fee. The purpose of the skill will be to teach people from the disadvantaged communities the skill of baking and cake decorating. Students are tutored and taught how to bake and decorate cupcakes, cakes, and biscuits. This course allows them to earn an income from home immediately. Products baked by the students are donated weekly to Old Age Homes and Orphanages in Walmer.

Why Baking?

  • Baking from home provides a sustainable income with low overheads.
  • The more effort the Home Baker makes, the greater the rewards.
  • With experience and decorating techniques, the product value changes. This allows the Home Baker to make a greater profit.
  • Low start-up costs with easily acquired baking products.
  • An oven and basic ingredients can transform a kitchen into an industrious business.
  • Many opportunities and occasions in their community to sell baked treats to family, neighbors, local shops, schools & community events.
  • Instant cash received upon baking.
  • Profits are easily drawn daily to sustain daily home expenses.
  • Increase in orders results in employment opportunities for others in the community.
  • Successful home bakers have the confidence and knowledge to teach others and to open a bakery in their community.
  • A formal education is not required to learn how to bake. Our basic course will be sufficient to generate an income.

Marketing areas

  • Community
  • Local General Dealers
  • Informal Spaza Shops
  • Home Industries 

Course Outcomes

  • Theoretical and hands-on practical tutoring of baking
  • Planning, preparation, hygiene, and safety
  • Costing, selling, and budgeting
  • How to market products in their community
  • Packaging & presentation of baked treats 

Course Duration

  • Four-week course
  • 10 students per class
  • Monday to Thursday: 8.30am -2.30pm
  • Friday: 8.30am to 11.00am


We need your support

Corporate companies are encouraged to contribute, sponsor or partner with us in the following ways:

  • Sponsor a student with essential baking equipment and ingredients upon graduation so that they can start their own business from home
  • Any form of donations is welcomed [Vouchers, baking equipment or ingredients, recipe books, etc.]
  • Corporate companies are encouraged to sponsor or form a partnership with us so that we can sustain and expand our School of Baking

Donate or Sponsor essential monthly ingredients

  • Cake Flour
  • Bread Flour
  • Sugar
  • Castor Sugar
  • Icing sugar
  • Margarine
  • Butter
  • Vanilla Essence
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Corn flour Powder
  • Baking Powder
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Baking Chocolate – white and milk chocolate


Erythrina Soup Kitchen has the Feeding Scheme which feed our beneficiaries twice a week, with the focus being in Walmer at the corner of Villiers and 10th Avenue. The people in this area are unemployed, hoping to secure a job for the day, with most of them not eating at all.

We currently receive a sponsorship from Joy for the Nation of dry ingredients which we then cook at our kitchen with a team of volunteers. We then hand out the soup to our beneficiaries.

We are currently only able to feed certain groups on different days. We are working hard to raise funds so that we can provide hot meals daily. That is why we are currently looking for sponsors to help us reach our goal.

Your generosity means the world to us. We would love to discuss a relationship for the future. So please do not hesitate to contact us if you’d like to get involved or have any questions about our organization.