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What is Zikulise?                                

It's our hearts desire at Zikulise to make a difference in the lives of ordinary South Africans who find themselves in the unenviable position of being unemployed and in many cases unemployable.

 

We achieve this through offering sponsored skills training to the community with a strong focus on successful entrepreneurship.

 

We have big dreams and we help people achieve theirs!

 

 

 

                                                                                                                     

 At Zikulise we are sometimes asked why we go to so much trouble to do what we do and how do we know that we are making a difference.  Like the Starfish Story (Loren Eiseley 1907-1977) when we at Zikulise see a shoreline filled with unemployed people and we reach down, connect with one person, teach them a skill, we also say “It made a difference to that one!” -Julie Jonson, Executive Director.

 

The Starfish Story adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, so he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer he noticed that the figure was that of a young man and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out, "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish into the ocean." "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

As if he hadn't heard the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he turned, smiled and said, "It made a difference to that one".

 

Written by Zikulise

Zikulise Community Upliftment Project has a proven record over twelve years in changing lives as it is the catalyst between a life without hope and you, who can give hope to a person's life. By financially sponsoring an individual or many individuals to participate in baking, sewing, traditional beading, ceramics, textile art, hair braiding, computer and business skills training courses at Zikulise people are aided in becoming self-employed or in some instances more employable.