Who We Are
Prochorus is a community-based organisation, which was established in 1996 and is a registered non-profit. Registration number: 2008/012209/08, NPO Number: 086-767-NPO.
Prochorus aims to take care of the poor.
Prochorus offers sustainable programs to ensure that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential spiritually, intellectually, physically and emotionally.
We partner Prochorus projects with local churches to ensure volunteer involvement, access to resources and integrity of the management of projects.
Mission and Vision
Prochorus Community Development exists for the promoting of social development and advancement on both community and individual level.
Our primary focus is to redress the social imbalances in society and secondly to meet the needs and concerns of the local community.
Prochorus Community Developments is committed to the development of all communities with respect to their diverse specific needs. Advantaged communities are targeted for the purpose of mobilising and advancing their philanthropic capacity. Ongoing awareness is established to bring an understanding of their interdependence relative to disadvantaged communities.
We serve disadvantaged communities according to the guidelines of need-assessment studies, and the accessibility of resources. Our focus is directed towards Early Childhood Development, Youth Development, Skills Development and Community Welfare.
Prochorus aims toward making a lasting difference in the lives of the people of the communities of South Africa. We do this by contributing towards the education of children and adults, assisting them in acquiring skills that will allow them to become financially independent and teaching them how to protect themselves against addiction, physical abuse and other criminal offenses.
- Goodwill Community Foundation , America
- Trade for Life, South Africa
- Goodwill Community Foundation, America
- Shofar Christian Church
- Rautenberg Family, Luxembourg
- Herfurth’s and Friends, Germany
- Lifetrust, South Africa
- Rephidim Foundation, America
- Municipality of Stellenbosch
- Shell, Germany
- Cyrus Trust, South Africa
- Zest Fruit
- and many other Supporters and Anonymous Donors
- Het Jan Marais Trust
Would you like to become a sponsor and show that you believe in our cause? Then contact us for more details!
JAN SCANNELL - MANAGING DIRECTOR, PROCHORUS
Jan worked for two years in London, an exciting adventure where his highlight was encountering Jesus as his personal saviour for the first time. He was involved with SCAS (Sport for Christ Action SA) for eight years. During these years he gained a lot of experience about the NGO environment as well as project leading, training camps, community development and sport coaching. Jan has a passion for cycling and competed himself for a few years. His greatest achievement was becoming the Namibian cross- country and downhill champion in 1998. He later discovered that his passion was to coach others rather than compete himself. With great enthusiasm he started a cycling project in 2011 with about 30 children in the valley of Jonkershoek. His fledgling cyclists have developed greatly and continue to fall in love with mountain biking.
When Jan is not cycling in the mountains, he can be found with his wife Jacomien and two sons.
JACOMIEN SCANNELL - OPERATIONS MANAGER, STELLENBOSCH
Jacomien Scannell did two gap years serving at SCAS (Sport for Christ Action SA). During this time she gained a lot of knowledge about different communities and also grew a heart for the poor and previously disadvantaged. After that she studied Marketing Management at Boland College in Stellenbosch. In her final year she started to work at Optimal Energy as the marketing assistant. During the beginning of 2012 she a and Jan, her husband, realised that there was a community within the valley of Jonkershoek just outside Stellenbosch that were not able to access the most basic resources. Through hard work, determination and a ‘don’t give up’ attitude they began an Educare centre which provides the local children with a safe place to access learning materials, tutoring and computers. This centre combined with the sports programmes they offer have given the children opportunities to develop their day-to-day lives.
Jacomien is passionate about seeing broken people given opportunities to which take them on a journey towards wholeness. She forms a great team with her husband as they serve the community of Jonkershoek. When not serving the people in the valley, she loves to spend time with her husband and young son relaxing in the outdoors.
DAVID AND SANET ANGER - OPERATIONS MANAGER, FRANSCHHOEK
They both share a passion for the outdoors and have a heart to work with people in their community. Sanet has a particular passion to work with young children, where David has worked with youth for a number of years. Together they combine their efforts to head up the Prochorus in Franschhoek. Sanet comes from a background of jewellery and graphic design, and has also been much involved in events décor.
David has over 10 years of youth work experience, and has studied a diploma in youth development. He also worked for a few years in the guiding industry, as well as studying nature guiding through FGASA.
SUNE BASSON- OPERATIONS MANAGER, JOHANNESBURG
As a Christian she was also often faced with the frustration of sharing the gospel without being able to help people
practically in their everyday lives. The idea to provide entrepreneurship development and skills development was borne out of pure frustration with the dire needs of our country and a desire to make a difference. As she was already part of a community and Prochorus was established in the Western Cape the avenue was available to her to pursue as an avenue of support for which we wanted to achieve our goals. Sune is a crucial part to the Paradigm Shift program in Johannesburg