MCC is a community based development organization based in Mariannridge. It was started in 1990 by a group of political and civic activist's living in the community. The main purpose of the formation of this community response was to co–ordinate, develop and implement strategies to rebuild the community in the aftermath of apartheid. Community social–ills were reaching alarming proportions and the social fabric of the family was compromised.
The initiative brought together all the local stakeholders; experts from different fields and people already involved in projects in the community. Starting off as a group of conscious builders on issues that affected family life though awareness raising and campaigns we eventually took on some welfare projects and by early 2004 had adopted a developmental approach to community interventions in Mariannridge.
Today MCC is a registered non–government/non–profit entity and operates from premises at the local community centre. Working with a staff compliment of three (3) full–time members and three (3) part-time community facilitators. We have become the key role-player in community development in Mariannridge.
The main beneficiaries of our projects are:
Out target group is:
- Children aged 4 – 12 years old
- Youth aged 13 – 18 years old
- Young adults aged 19 years and older
- Vulnerable women and families
- Duty bearers of education - early childhood development facilitators and educators.
- Duty bearers of health – community health workers; clinic nurses.
- Parents, grandparents, legal guardians and foster care parents.
- Civic formations and lobby groups.
- Religious leaders.
- Elected political leaders.
- Local government departments of the Ethekwini Municipality.
Our main strategy is to partner with key institutions to develop capacity and transfer skills through our interventions in the community. Gaps are identified and projects developed to address the critical issues that affect a healthy life for children, youth and vulnerable women. Projects are time specific and are used as a conscious mobilization of the duty bearers to be supported and then lobbied to carry out their functions.
Stakeholders at Community Level:
- University of KwaZulu Natal
- Democracy Development Programme
- Diakonia Council of Churches
- Soul Action
- Tearfund SA
- Institute for the Healing of Memories
- Mariannridge Primary School
- Mariannridge High School
- Mariannridge Clinic
- Ministers Fraternal
- Early Childhood Development Centres