ERSWA was established and registered as a Welfare Organisation during September 1969. This was at a time when there was a definite need for an organisation to manage and administer certain projects in Elsies River
The history of Elsies River spans over more than a decade and is at present a residential area, 12 kilometers from Cape Town, for more than 90 000 inhabitants.
The original Certificate of Registration stipulated the terms of reference as:-
"To render family Care and Assistance to the community of Elsies River by assisting those
who are in need of care, who encounter difficulties in their families, who are socially mal-
adjusted or find themselves in material need"
to initaiate pre-school training facilities for children, youth programmes, the
improvement of the quality of life for all the community.
In addition to rendering such services to the community it aims to alleviate social distress
by raising funds for the promotion of such services"
To play a pivotal/leading role in the provision of an effective and sustainable Social Welfare Service with a focus on:
Quality Early Childhood Development and Training
In partnership with its strategic constituencies in accordance with accepted norms and values and national priorities
Impacting positively on improving people's quality of Life
Integrated Sustainable Organisational Development;
Family and Child Care
Fostering of Partnerships
Facilitate Youth Awareness Programmes
Empowerment of community members