FCD’s association with Learn to Earn dates back to 2000 when Skills development courses were conducted just outside Fisantékraal on Standler Farm between 2000 and 2005 by Learn to Earn (LtE).
In 2008, individuals from various churches in Durbanville started FCD in order to continue the work started by LtE – namely addressing the needs of unemployed people in the area. Learn to Earn, on behalf of FCD, conducted a thorough community analysis of the greater Durbanville area to determine the needs of specific communities, employers’ needs and employment opportunities. This research was documented and informed the choice of training.
The LtE Association model was adopted with the belief that through the Association, the importance of holistic human development principles, if understood and implemented, will contribute to the alleviation of poverty, facilitation of job creation and the ensuring of sustainable economic development of unemployed people and local communities.
In 2010 FCD put up a skills development centre in Durbanville next to the taxi rank and has offered the following courses since: Life Skills, Discipleship, Business Skills, Office Administration, Basic Computers and Advanced Computers, Learners License and Bake for Profit. These courses are a means to developing skills, values and attitudes that enable people to become and remain economically active. The programme intentionally seeks to restore dignity and develop the self belief of people attending.
Currently the board exists out of the following members:
- Jane Gelderman (CEO)
- Neels Hubinger (Chairperson)
- Chris Laubscer (Vice Chair)
- Louis Meiring (Treasurer)
- Linda Oosthuizen (Secretary)
- Desmond Barry
- Francois Bruwer
- Dale Blom
- Danielle Jones
- Johannes Mpolo