Sustainable development goals
UNASA is helping facilitate the transition of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through increased engagement with civil society and local government/authorities. The goal is to foster greater respect of human rights and to ensure greater efficiency of a public administration that is closer to citizens and their needs.
As a result of UNASA's MDG2SDG programme (Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals), members of UNASA chapters, civil society, partner organisations and advocacy audiences are aware of and engaged with the advancement of the SDGs. Municipalities, academics, people in our target communities, the media, entrepreneurs and other interested audiences have shared information about practical models for sustainable developmen
Living spirit project
The Living Spirit Project consists of an iShack (Improved Shack) and a permaculture garden, built on the land of St John's Anglican Church in Kayamandi. The iShack is a self-sustaining and environmentally friendly hone, made of recycled materials and lined with solar panels. The iShack and garden were built with the assistance of UNASA and the Sustainability Institute at the University of Stellenbosch.
The Sustainability Project is a project of UNASA's Stellenbosch University chapter that encourages environmental sustainability at schools, public areas and in the communities of Stellenbosch. The project provides students with the opportunity to lessen their carbon footprint by planting trees.
Greening our environment
UNASA carries out tree plantings in schools and community gardens. In primary and high schools, we give students a brief biology lesson and explain to them "why we plant trees," while raising awareness about global warming.
UNASA has a number of partnerships with schools and community gardens in the Western Cape.
UNASA collaborates with Enfundiswani Pre-School in Nomzamo, a poor township in the Strand. This garden, funded by UNASA, has won the Provincial price of the Eduplant Competition for its permaculture garden, where the principle grows vegetable for her pupils to eat.
UNASA collaborates with the NGO SOUL in the township of Philippi. Ten women in the area direct the project, which also has a pre-school on site. 100 children benefit from this project.