The ReTrade Project is passionate about restoring hope and dignity to the poor and marginalized of our city by building a relationship and giving access to resources in which individuals previously would have been unable to ascertain. We also feel equally as passionate about educating and training these individuals, and the community at large, in environmental issues and good stewardship of the earth in which we share!
To assist individuals who need immediate aid by providing for their basic human needs as well as educating them and the wider community in eco-sustainable practices. This will be achieved through providing an opportunity to access our bartering program, recycling skills training and special open-days.
I grew up traveling, quite literally, traveling in a car and sleeping in a tent. My family traveled almost the entire way around the wilderness that is Southern Africa, with two small children in tow. My brother and I learnt what plants to eat, how to track animals and how to survive in the actual wild, if we ever had to. That's exactly what it was; the wild. We would travel for weeks without seeing another human for the entire time.Read More
Christmas is a magical time of year where families gather around to share in the spirit of the season- eating, drinking and being merry. For so long we have fully embraced the concept of a traditional white Christmas- we deck out our houses in plastic pine trees adorned with colourful tinsel, twinkling lights and mismatched trinkets collected over numerous years.Read More
2019! Wow, what a full and wonderful year it has been! As I reflect on the past 11 months I am reminded of so many impactful events - moments of success, growth and connection while also experiencing struggle, failure and sharp learning curves. It is what makes life truly beautiful, however, and we are grateful for all that we have had the great privilege of witnessing this past year.Read More
“This project has the potential to play a role in Nelson Mandela Bays’ green agenda for years to come.”– Kevin Kimwelle from Indalo World
“It is a privilege and an adventure for Fountain Vineyard Church to be partnered with Retrade as we help express the Generosity and the Compassion of God in empowering disadvantaged people. We salute you Retrade Team!!”- Dave Pedersen (Paster of Fountain Vineyard Christian Fellowship)
" …an amazing project – well done to you and your team."- The Full Tummy Fund
“The stuff I collect from the street, and I bring it to Retrade. It helps me because I’m not working, this is how I get food.”– Local Trader
“My friend is a Gardner, and he told me to collect some cardboard and come to Retrade”– Local Trader
"Retrade is helping those who don’t have. It’s supporting families. I love talking with the traders and hearing their stories and helping”- Volunteer
“We truly believe that what this initiative does for the Bay is unmatched in any other sector. Since we came onboard, we have seen tremendous growth in the reach of the project as the community starts to spread the good word and have witnessed first-hand how it can change a community for the better.”- Wesley Dyke & Carli Grobler from For Creative Use Only