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Divine Community Association

What does your company do?

Divine Community Association (DCA) is a Non-Profit Organization (232-776 NPO) that was registered on the 6th of August 2019. DCA is a community service and empowerment organization that aims to bring change within Limpopo and Gauteng provinces by doing the following: - Quality Education: By Educating learners about STEM, motivation talks, providing school shoes and sanitary towels - Youth Empowerment & Skills Development: DCA hosts annual beauty pageants and talent shows to provide kids in the rural areas with opportunities. - Women Empowerment: DCA hosts women and youth empowerment with great speakers on different topics. - Community services: Annually, DCA donates clothes to the needy and helps in feeding the needy.

What is your biggest success?

DCA's greatest achievements include hosting a successful annual beauty pageant event in December 2023, attended by more than 300 individuals. We have also made significant strides in our community outreach by visiting more than 20 schools in Limpopo Province, conducting successful career exhibitions, and providing essential support to vulnerable families through clothing donations. Identifying and assisting these families, including adults, children, and the elderly, with clothing and shoes, has been immensely rewarding. These achievements not only reflect our commitment to community service but also underscore our dedication to making a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Our biggest hurdle has been securing sponsorships to sustain and expand our programs. Despite challenges, we remain committed to overcoming obstacles and continuing our mission of empowering communities and fostering positive change. Additionally, venue availability during some of our events poses a significant challenge, given the absence of a community hall in our village. This often forces us to utilize open areas and sports fields, erecting tents for our events. Also, maintaining a dedicated team proves challenging, as voluntary commitments without remuneration sometimes result in member turnover.