What We Do
Land of the Living began as a ministry of God Adventure church in 2010, by identifying and providing various kinds of support to leaders of small non-profit organizations in townships and rural settlements in the East London, SA area. Examples of such communities include Duncan Village, Scenery Park, Reeston, Mdantsane, Cambridge location, Mzamomhle, Mooiplaas, and rural areas outside of King Williams Town.
These organizations provide supportive services to their respective communities to help address challenges such as chronic illness, unemployment & destitute poverty, poor education, substance abuse, gender-based violence, orphaned & vulnerable children, and malnutrition; and yet they are often isolated and lack support needed in order to effectively engage and create sustainable impact on the frontlines of such issues.
Primary Operational Challenges
Generating sustainable revenue – beyond accessing occasional funding that often dictates priority programmatic focus (which may change their vision/mission), carries time-consuming reporting demands, creates unsustainable staffing structures, and eventually dries up; “well-being” dependent on current funding climate.
Effective & efficient governance – functioning boards that enable managers to concentrate on programming.
Services provision – Overwhelming burden of daily confronting many of society’s toughest problems, with little or no support and with high attrition of trained volunteer staff.
Isolation – often invisible to most of society outside of local communities; intense pressure faced by managers with little or no spiritual, psychological or emotional support.
Competition – desire for survival among perceived limited resources breeds fear, division, distrust, jealousy, competition to “serve” the same people.
To help begin to address some of these issues, Land of the Living began inviting the leaders of these initiatives together into an informal relational network several times a year – for purposes of introductions, sharing & collaboration, leadership skills development, potential innovative resource mobilization strategies, and mutual spiritual fellowship & encouragement. The leaders themselves chose the name “HOPE” for this network, as it conveyed what underlays the courageous actions they take daily to help others in severe need.
Over the past decade, we have had more than 30 such organizations represented across more than 15 communities. We have an ultimate vision for this network to become a means of providing practical support on the ground with involved leaders – whether through help with identifying and accessing funding, with providing opportunity for enterprise creation & revenue generation, with mobilizing individuals citywide to assist with governance & financial/administrative systems, with catalysing area-specific leadership support groups either based upon geography and/or programmatic intervention types, or with simply showing up regularly to be a supportive presence. In order to do so, we are trusting for the right person/people to join us and help spearhead this effort.
If you manage a non-profit and want to join or otherwise wish to get involved in a supportive role, please sign up.
Entreprenurial Training Centre
A training centre that provides needed support to catalyze this process – both with unemployed youth to start up, and with those who already run small or informal businesses to grow.
Unantoni Endlini Recycling
A registered recycling enterprise that serves as a platform for helping motivate, train & equip, and mentor/practically support unemployed youth to create their own work & livelihood.
ONE COLLECTIVE is a global non-profit that works in communities around the world and is passionate about making sure no one is invisible and everyone has access to food, freedom, and forgiveness.