Seriti is a non-profit development facilitation agency and public benefit organisation formed in 2009 with 83,579 beneficiaries and counting. We provide technical support, programme/project management and implementation, facilitate learning and promote civic-driven change. Seriti's work activities cover capacitation of primary caregivers of children aged 0-8, support for agroecological food gardening to improve food security, as well as social partnering, capacity building for NPOs, and civil society discussions through Seriti TALKS.
We believe in people and their capacity to be drivers of change and progress in pursuit of a society with more opportunities, building toward a better future. Seriti works in communities to hone capabilities in tandem with our social partners and community champions to create work opportunities, alleviate poverty and inequality, strengthen caregivers, and nurture stronger, food secure, and resilient communities.
Partnering with 56 Civil Society Organisations (CSO), Seriti PARTNER has provided CSOs, including community-based NPOs, with the necessary technical support to strengthen their contributions to the communities they work with and serve, using a hybrid approach to instil best-practice tools. The programme holistically addresses the critical gap that exists in the community development ecosystem, around the sustainability and capacity of CSOs to function and create social impact.
Seriti’s aRe Bapaleng Programme strengthens primary caregivers of children with knowledge, skills, and resources. This helps empower parents and caregivers of young children between the ages of 0-8 years, to be champions of their children’s development and set them up for success right from the start. Seriti and its implementing partners currently run training sessions known as Active Learning Workshops where we work to strengthen a full range of ECD facets including literacy; learning through play; making toys from recyclables; and understanding children’s developmental milestones. Having trained 968 primary caregivers (60% aged 18-35), across 30 communities, translating into 3728 children aged 0-8, receiving access to higher quality ECD support, the Programme is evolving to scale up and deepen its impact. Seriti recently launched an extension of aRe Bapaleng which is called the Caregiver Network. The aim of the network is to help capacitate caregivers who have been trained through Active Learning Workshops to train other Caregivers in their communities. By doing this, our work of strengthening ECD skills and knowledge in communities will grow exponentially. Through the Caregiver Networker model, more beneficiaries will be reached in a shorter period, the quality of ECD support in vulnerable communities will be deepened, demand of more qualified Caregivers in the ECD space will be met and Caregivers’ employability prospects will increase.
Seriti’s Work.Learn.Grow Programme supports small-scale farmers with agroecology training and inputs, targeting women and youth. The aim is to increase the amount of food produced; improve/maintain food quality; improve individual, household, and local food access; and increase income from activities in agriculture to reduce poverty. It uses experience-based learning in community agriculture, designed to strengthen local participation and skills. To date, together with our partners across 5 provinces, we have trained 649 farmers in agroecology, and supported 347 small-scale farmers with inputs to establish food gardens, while also encouraging linkages with local markets.
Meeting the immediate need for vulnerable communities following the COVID-19 crisis, Seriti launched the Community Response initiative, which reached 41,988 people with food relief, while also promoting the agency of communities themselves to respond effectively to the pandemic and its negative effects in a way that offers pathways to longer-lasting forms of relief through community farming.
Amid vaccine hesitancy, and staying relevant, Seriti plays fiscal host to the People’s Vaccine Campaign, providing both accounting services and coordination assistance. The project is facilitating large-scale workshops on vaccinations, training individuals on how to perform peer-to-peer community education and rolling out the workshops in various communities. With 10,161 participants trained, thus benefiting more people in communities by curbing the spread of misinformation.
As a community development facilitation agency with core competence in education and training, participatory learning techniques and community mapping methodologies used in workshops, webinars, and partner offerings, reinforce our capacity-building efforts and commitment to blended learning opportunities. Seriti is accredited with the ETDP SETA and AgriSETA and offers several technical and vocational courses. It is also accredited with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) to offer occupational qualifications for Community Development Workers and Community Development Practitioners.
Our advocacy efforts in the community development space outline evidence-led arguments or a demonstration stance where Seriti seeks to establish the facts on the ground and propose shifts in policy. Seriti TALKS is a platform that brings together development practitioners, communities, academics, policymakers, funders, and other stakeholders to share knowledge, ideas, and experiences.
Seriti is a Level 1 B-BBEE compliant social enterprise governed by a board of reputable professionals. Our funding model comprises fees-for-service from its major programmes and consulting assignments as well as grant funding, with surplus revenue reinvested in community initiatives.