Eden Community Initiative

Eden Community Initiative


Please could someone assist us in recommending a Contractor who specialises in modern finishes for concrete kitchen counter tops and flooring (as seen below)... in the Garden Route.

Thank you...
We are so pleased with this recognition, thank you Knysna Fire Stories for involving us in this project it has been very rewarding.
Does this college have any photography requirements?
This is what the Knysna Pocket Pal Discount Voucher Booklet will look like .. 😉 Jam packed with Discounts - Specials - Promotions - Competitions & Lucky Draws .. Basically a "GOOD NEWS" BOOKLET THAT SAVES YOU MONEY! Launching first week of July 2017 ..
John do you guys offer hospitality training courses? Asking for a team of already-employed people.

To enable and equip, individuals, communities and organisations to achieve their higher purpose.

Through the spirit of social enterprise and various empowerment projects on the ground, the ECI fosters real local economic and social development, whilst focusing on environmental sustainability. The Eden Community Initiative (ECI) is a registered NPO (088-845-NPO) based in Knysna, South Africa.

Photos from The Village Cafe Knysna's post 31/05/2022

Photos from The Village Cafe Knysna's post

9 Meaningful Ways You Can Help Ukraine 26/02/2022

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9 Meaningful Ways You Can Help Ukraine Since the Russia-Ukraine conflict began eight years ago, 1.5 million people have fled their homes and a further 3.4 million people are in need of aid.

Photos from Shepherds Tree Backpackers's post 28/10/2021

So much fun in Knysna!
30 October at 3h pm: Musical Pilates
6 November at 3h30 pm: Hip Hop

Please book directly with the instructors


Happy Birthday Desmond Tutu! born 7 October 1931

Bishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. His father was a teacher, and he himself was educated at Johannesburg Bantu High School. After leaving school he trained first as a teacher at Pretoria Bantu Normal College and in 1954 he graduated from the University of South Africa. After three years as a high school teacher he began to study theology, being ordained as a priest in 1960. The years 1962-66 were devoted to further theological study in England leading up to a Master of Theology. From 1967 to 1972 he taught theology in South Africa before returning to England for three years as the assistant director of a theological institute in London. In 1975 he was appointed Dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Johannesburg, the first black to hold that position. From 1976 to 1978 he was Bishop of Lesotho, and in 1978 became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Tutu is an honorary doctor of a number of leading universities in the USA, Britain and Germany.

Desmond Tutu has formulated his objective as “a democratic and just society without racial divisions”, and has set forward the following points as minimum demands:

1. equal civil rights for all
2. the abolition of South Africa’s passport laws
3. a common system of education
4. the cessation of forced deportation from South Africa to the so-called “homelands”

Young, gifted and going places: these 3 young South Africans are blazing a trail of brilliance | You 13/08/2021

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Young, gifted and going places: these 3 young South Africans are blazing a trail of brilliance | You A 19-year-old who has graduated from university, a 21-year-old doctor, and a young woman who has her doctorate at age 25.

Timeline photos 12/08/2021

Timeline photos

Real poverty is in your mind, your thought process, and your mindset, before it ever settles in your pocket.

When you’re ready to take your life back connect with my team at Operation HOPE!


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"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." - Charles Dickens 🎈


Your help is needed please.

The Knysna Alien Buster team have been working in and around Knysna since the fires in 2017.

Makkie Scheepers, who lives in Brenton, started this initiative, as she is very passionate about the very special fynbos we find in our area, and additionally, she was concerned at the rapid regrowth rate of the alien vegetation.

Makkie ensured that the team were well trained and well equipped, and the team have done a superb job of clearing many properties of alien vegetation to ensure that we keep the fuel load under control, and allow the fynbos to regrow.

We are desperately looking for more work for the team.
The cost to you is the daily fee of R1700.00, which covers the wages of the 6 workers, transport, herbicide, equipment, safety clothing is all included. The group of people working behind the scenes, who try and help the team, do not earn anything for their efforts. All admin costs, marketing, fund raising, data, telephone charges, the drivers wages, and any other costs needed to make this community service a success is absorbed by them.

Please could you spread the word, and help keep this team working, and keep our beautiful area cleared of invasive alien species. We have many references from landowners who have used the team and who are willing to recommend them.

Please contact Judy Harrison on 0832661200 or Makkie Scheepers on 0832635405 or Candace Myers on 0834479315 for more information or for a quote.

Photos from Shepherds Tree Backpackers's post 16/05/2021

See you on Monday. The veggies will be waiting for you at The Village

Timeline photos 29/04/2021

Timeline photos

We are proud to say we are officially under the new ownership and management of !

He is dedicated to maintaining the heritage behind the company and is passionate about bringing fresh ideas to the Kluyts name.

We can't wait to see what he does in Knysna and beyond.🪵

Timeline photos 15/04/2021

In case you didn't know, Love Lives Here or at least Love Visits!

We have accommodation, we are a place of welcome, and we offer a lifelong friendship.

Shepherds Tree Backpackers is part of Eden Community Initiative. Find us at The Village, 61 Waterfront Drive, Knysna. Book as a guest or as a tenant with Phil
Email: [email protected]

Sharing a happy moment over coffee and cake with Shawn and what a joy to meet his significant other. Shawn stayed a whole month with us because Knysna is home to the best TEFL school and fantastic people come here to be trained as English teachers before going to other countries. Of course, the pandemic impacts on most people's plans so it is great to hear from Shawn and others about the creativity they make use of to navigate this nee world. And in Shawn's case there was even love waiting for him in his hometown.

Seven Areas Of Life Training 24/02/2021

Seven Areas Of Life Training

i recently was priveleged to go through a training programme on the fundamentals of our faith, wow. SALT (seven areas of life) was surprisingly ground shifting. I highly recommend you touch base if you need foundational teaching material!

Seven Areas Of Life Training Johan Leach presents a training on the Seven Areas of Life Training material. Training done in January 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Photos from Knysna Methodist Church's post 21/02/2021

Photos from Knysna Methodist Church's post

Photos from Shepherds Tree Backpackers's post 20/02/2021

Photos from Shepherds Tree Backpackers's post


Who is ready for Spanish? Book your classes with George!


While we still do Covid, we've got tenants and we are a pet-friendly accommodation.

Tenants who rent a private room can bring their pet as long as it is a rabbit-friendly animal.

From 5 March our sunroom is open! R3250 per month for a single person or a couple. The stunning nurse renting it at the moment will be moving when she completes her practical.

For more info email me at [email protected]

Photo credit: Juma





We have space!

Dorm R2800 per person per month
Private room from R3250

Contact me by email or sms
Cell 0680854566
Email [email protected]

Timeline photos 31/12/2020

Timeline photos

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Photos from Eden Community Initiative's post 21/12/2020

Nguni cows R450. Children's clothes 5 months to 3 years old from R200.

And so much more on the table that Marie and Véronique are hosting. They are at the market everyday.

See you soon!


Candy Corner's kids are taking a little break at The Village Café then back to their candy table.


The making of a dance and song video. At The Village Market! More to see soon


Here are the most incredibly beautiful pictures of rural South Africa. 9 provinces in images. We are going to be so spoilt!


In the next coming 9 weeks our team will be visiting all our 9 provinces together with the South African Tourism. Our assignment is to help document this beautiful and vibrant country.

Hopping though our breathtaking landscapes.....from those small towns to villages........ discovering those hidden gems.

When you travel....you never return the same person


Shot by Nosh❤


Photos from Eden Community Initiative's post 17/12/2020

Beautiful mother and daughter who picked their favourite items from Ludwe's Inyati boutique!

Daily Christmas market till Thursday 24 December @ The Village, 61 Waterfront Drive, Knysna

For info: Philomène cell: 0680854566

Photos from Eden Community Initiative's post 14/12/2020

Friends, The Village Market will take place from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm from Wed 16 Dec to Thur 24 Dec. We have space for more traders and yourself/your friends/contacts are welcome to email or call Tania Noble or myself to book days.

Also, traders meeting tomorrow from 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm for those with questions.

All hand crafted products are welcome* but no trader's food/drinks to be consumed here as Sarie's Gourmet Market & The Village Café are our top priority.

10% of sales to be paid to Eden Community Initiative.

Bring own table/gazebo but speak to me if needing one.



Email: [email protected]
Cell: 0680854566

*we currently have jewellery, children's toys, a white elephant table, kitchen wooden utensils, books and journals, textiles, walking sticks for hiking,...

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