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Projects

Uthando South Africa supports or is developing a programme of support for community projects in the following sectors :

  • Abused women and children / domestic violence
  • Agriculture and food gardens
  • Animal welfare
  • Human development through arts/culture and sport
  • Children and educare
  • Disabilities
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Education
  • Elderly and ageing
  • Environmental and green
  • Farmworkers and rural development
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Housing / Shelter
  • Nutrition
  • Population health
  • Prisoner rehabilitation
  • Reconciliation and human rights development
  • Refugees and migrants
  • Skills development and empowerment
  • Sustainable economic development
  • Unemployment

Criterion for consideration as a grantee project :

  • Grantees must be community based,
  • Grantees must be recognized Non-Profit Organisations and registered with the Directorate in South Africa,
  • Grantees must be prepared to submit needs analyses to Uthando and provide satisfactory reports on expenditure,
  • Grantees must satisfy Uthando that benefits to the community are clearly defined

Abalimi Bezekhaya (the Planters of the Home)

Location Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Field Sustainable Food Production and Environmental Greening
Director Rob Small
Website www.abalimi.org.za

Abalimi Bezekhaya is an Non-Profit Organisation working to improve sustainable food production and environmental greening amongst the poor in Cape Town. Our focus is on skills development through training and supporting people and organisations who wish to practice organic horticulture and micro farming. We promote sustainable development while encouraging initiatives which renew, build and conserve social organisation, self responsibility and the natural environment.

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Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training and Advocacy

Location Cape Town
Field Refugees / Asylum Seekers
Director Charles Mutabazi
Website www.aresta.org.za

ARESTA fulfils a practical empowerment role in educating and providing skills to refugees and asylums seekers, helping refugees develop their own strengths in order for them to become self-reliant during their stay under the protection of the South African Government.

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Amy Biehl Foundation

Location Cape Town
Field Youth development
Director Kevin Chaplin
Website www.amybiehl.co.za

The Amy Biehl Foundation (ABF) is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town whose programmes are designed to develop and empower youth in the townships and contribute to community building efforts as a mechanism to reduce the levels of crime and violence in these areas and aims to give them opportunities to become future leaders and entrepreneurs in society. This is achieved by providing educational and cultural activities that offer students healthy alternatives to crime, drugs, sex, idleness and negative influences and unlocks their creative talent.

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Beauty for Ashes

Location Observatory, Cape Town
Field Rehabilitation and support for female prisoners
Director Stephanie van Wyk
Website No website available

Beauty for Ashes works with female prisoners providing support in prison and in 2001 began supporting women released from prison under parole conditions. In July 2003 Beauty for Ashes opened their own half way house in Observatory, Cape Town. There is however, a great openness to extending this work to include men, once the service in support of the women has been established and reached a level of maturity.

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Better Choice Dance Project

Location Khayelitsha
Field Youth Development
Director Eric Xezu
Website no website

   

Better Choice Gumboots Dance is a non-profit organization that was established in 2012 by three very inspiring gentlemen from the township of Site B in Khayelitsha.The organization is managed by Eric Xezu (Director), Lulama Mangxilana (Administrator) and Siviwe Sbhozo (trainer); they manage, administer and train the youth Gumboots dancing, traditional Tsonga dancing and teach life skills. They operate in a community hall were they are mentored, trained and helped with their academic problems.The idea of forming the dance project was to change the life of young people in their community and remove young people from the street and to stop them from becoming criminal victims in one way or other.

Because lots of youth within their township are ending up using drugs, alcohol, joining gangs and dropping-out of school and getting pregnant; the organization plays a pivotal role in changing these situations and transforming young people’s life for the better.

They also aim  to become self-sustainable through performing gigs for companies, travel groups and at functions.

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Cape Town Cycle Tour Fundraiser 2016

Location Cape Town
Field Fundraising Cycle Tour
Director James Fernie
Website no website

The Home from Home Trust was registered in May 2005, as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) as well Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). Their founding trustees, Jane Payne and Pippa Shaper, worked in children’s homes for many years and realised that this type of environment was not best equipped to deal with the issues often very vulnerable children face. As a result, they developed a new model of care, and out of this the Home From Home Trust was born. Home From Home provides supported and supervised community-based foster care for orphaned, abused, neglected and vulnerable children through a network of small, family homes in disadvantaged communities in South Africa and at present have the capacity to care for up to 210 children in their 35 homes located across 15 disadvantaged communities, including two specialized homes for profoundly disabled children.

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Cart Horse Protection Association

Location Cape Town
Field Animal rights and protection
Director Megan White
Website www.carthorse.org.za

Vision
A regulated carting industry on the Cape Flats, with all working cart horses fit, healthy and comfortable in their work.
Mission
To protect working cart horses and donkeys from abuse, and contribute to the social upliftment of the Cape Flats carting community.
Aim
To provide clinic, patrol, and call out response, veterinary, and rehabilitation services to all working cart horses anddonkeys living on the Cape Flats, and support, education and training to cart horse owners and drivers who use working cart horses as a means of generating income for themselves and their families.

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Childrens Aids Art Programme

Location Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Field Art Therapy
Director Mary Miyata
Website www.childrensaidsartprogramme.org

The mission of the Children’s AIDS Art Programme (CAAP) is to provide art therapy to orphans with HIV/AIDS in the Western Cape of South Africa plus educational and enriching weekend outings that build the orphans’ self-esteem and sense of happiness.

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Dance for All

Location Cape Town
Field Youth development through dance
Director Philip Boyd
Website www.danceforall.co.za

Dance for All provides children in historically disadvantaged communities with the opportunity for enjoyment, promotion of self esteem and empowerment through the medium of dance, as well as training professional dancers and developing a unique, indigenous dance company.

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Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre

Location Masiphumelele
Field Youth Development
Director Dante Robbertze
Website www.desmondtutuhivfoundation.org.za

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation is a South African non-profit organization with the mission to pursue excellence in research, training, treatment and prevention of HIV and related diseases in southern Africa. The DTHF has sound national and international research credibility in the field of HIV with an extensive publication history. The DTHF seeks to affect HIV/AIDS policy and service delivery through peer-reviewed publications, government advocacy and feedback to civil society and communities at large. Initiatives are underpinned by solid, relevant research and monitoring and evaluation. Results and outputs are used to advocate for change and for the improved health of our communities. Additionally, the academic links that exist between the DTHF, the University of Cape Town, and several research networks empower the DTHF to be an influential stakeholder in the global HIV arena.

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Ekhaya eKhasi Art and Education Centre

Location Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Field Community Arts and Crafts
Director Lulama Sihlabeni
Website no website

Founded in 2003, Art Aids Art promotes education, health and sustainable economic development in South Africa. Active in South African community development for thirteen years, Directors Dorothy Yumi Garcia, MA and Tom Harding, MA co-founded Art Aids Art after witnessing extreme poverty and a shortage of educational and other local services in Khayelitsha, South Africa’s largest Black township. At the request of teachers, they coordinated a collection of the most-requested educational materials: multicultural children’s books and black dolls.

What began as a series of literacy workshops evolved into an ongoing holistic project involving the surrounding community, with the goal of meeting economic, health and educational needs and improving quality of life.

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Esinqobile Therapy Centre, in conjunction with HNO

Location Bulwer, Rural Kwa-Zulu Natal
Field Catering for children with mental and physical disabilities
Director Chris Luyt
Website www.hno.co.za

The Esinqobile Therapy Centre in a program run by HNO which currently caters for 38 Children with both mental and physical disabilities. There is a team of 17 therapists that work with these children on a daily basis.

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Eziko Cooking and Catering School

Location Langa, Cape Town
Field Catering School
Director Victor Mguqulwa
Website www.ezikorestaurant.co.za

The Eziko Cooking and Catering School, located in the heart of Langa Township just 15kms from the centre of Cape Town, was established in 1996 by a former Langa High School teacher, Victor Mguqulwa. His mission is to address the unemployment that strikes the township communities. While teaching at the local school Victor noticed that there was a high interest in the cooking programmes and competitions at the school. He realized that by providing youngsters with cooking skills they would be able to find employment and create their own businesses in the future. Safmarine provided the initial shipping containers that were used to build the school and also donated further shipping containers to build the restaurant for Eziko. An initial idea led to the creation of a school that has now been operating for more then ten years.
Victors' vision is that the community can only develop by making people claim responsibility for their problems and their future. By taking the approach that you must 'teach people how to fish rather than catching the fish for them', Eziko is dedicated to provide people with life and career-oriented skills in cooking and catering and “empower” them to find employment so they can provide for themselves and their families.

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Great Commission United

Location Heideveld, Cape Town
Field Youth Development through soccer
Director Mario van Niekerk
Website www.gcu.org.za

GCU was set up in 2001 by Mario van Neikerk. Born and bred in Heideveld, Mario had witnessed many of the community’s problems first hand and felt passionate about helping many of the area’s youth and keeping them off the streets. Hence the Soccer Academy was born. GCU is not just a football club, it has expanded into a wider range of community activities including rope skipping, tutoring, life skills, school for dropout, mentorships and way out of being trapped in the cycle of gangs and drugs.
Great Commission United (GCU) is based at Woodlands Primary School in Heideveld. Built in the 1960s as a temporary education facility, it has little funding and 456 learners with just 12 teachers. In 2009, Woodlands Primary School was found to be the worst performing primary school in the Western Cape, with a numeracy rate of just 2.5% and literacy standing at 22% for students in Grade 6.

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Greenpop

Location Cape Town
Field Tree Planting Initiative
Director Jeremy Hewitt
Website www.greenpop.org

Greenpop is a Cape Town-based tree-planting initiative that celebrates greening and bringing South Africans from all walks of like together. The Greenpop team is passionate about community upliftment, social integration, urban rejuvenation and climate action.

Studies in Bogota, Columbia and the U.S. have shown a direct relationship between urban greening and lowered crime rates. Greenpop hopes to see similar results from mass greening of the under-greened areas around Cape Town. There is a huge divide in Cape Town and South Africa between the ‘leafy’ suburbs and those areas that have been left barren and treeless. We want to make a difference in these areas through tree planting, environmental awareness and education, job creation and urban rejuvenation – entrenching pride of place in under-greened communities.

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Grootbos Foundation

Location Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Gaansbaai
Field Sustainable Conservation and Social Upliftment
Director Michael Lutzeyer
Website www.grootbosfoundation.org

Grootbos Nature Reserve has always shown a very serious commitment to conservation. With the realization that the conservation of Grootbos in isolation from surrounding areas would be futile, Grootbos, together with its main stakeholders, began influencing surrounding properties in an effort to introduce an all-round conservation ethic to the local area.

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Home from Home

Location Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Field Community homes for orphaned and vulnerable children
Director Jane Payne and Pippa Shaper
Website www.homefromhome.org.za

Based on a model that has been tested in practise as a viable alternative to institutionalised child-care, Home from Home was registered as a charity in May 2005. Home from Home is a registered charitable Trust. The financial records kept are of a high standard and are open to scrutiny at any time. The Board of Executors (BoE) Trust is the underlying support Trust to Home from Home.

The founding trustees are Jane Payne and Pippa Shaper. Other trustees are Sally Hugo-Hamman, Karen Day, Nicky Thompson and Anna Vayanos.

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Hout Bay Music Project

Location Hout Bay, Cape Town
Field Provision of music and arts tuition to children from disadvantaged communities of Hangberg and Imizamo
Director Leanne Dollman
Website www.houtbaymusic.org

Since 2003 the Hout Bay Music Project has thrived and experienced considerable success. It has received broad support from all sectors of the Hout Bay community. The Project has grown considerably since its humble beginnings and now provides music and arts tuition through a number of sub-projects.The Project teaches music, mainly string instruments, voice and drumming, to approximately 60 children from the historically disadvantaged communities of Hangberg Harbour Village and Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay. In addition, the project runs life orientation programmes which addresses issues of self esteem, HIV/AIDS and teenage pregnancy.

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Isiseko Educare Centre

Location Mfuleni, Cape Town
Field Day Care Centre
Director Zoliswa Siko
Website no website

Isiseko Educare Centre is a day care centre and registered non profit organization, it was started by the wonderful and warm Mama Zoliswa Siko.

The vision of Isiseko is to assist and educate the most vulnerable and under-privileged children in the community of Mfuleni with pre-school education up to grade R. The educare centre has also after school facility.

The project was started in March 2009 and has grown to accommodate 65 children and it continues to grow. The parents of the children of the day care are paying low fees which barely covers the daily running cost and necessities of the centre. There are six children who have no parents and they live with Mama Zoliswa in the very small house and shack which accommodates the day care as well as Zoliswa and her family.

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Ixopo Village School, in conjunction with HNO

Location Ixopo, Rural Kwa-Zulu Natal
Field Education and issues related to health, arts and culture
Director Debbie Rowe
Website www.hno.co.za

Ixopo Village Intermediate School is 98Kms from Pietermaritzburg. The principal is Mr. Dlamini and more than 600 children attend the school. The school has its historical roots in the Apartheid system and it was started by the Methodist Church to teach local African children in Ixopo Village.

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James House "The home that love built"

Location Hout Bay, Cape Town
Field Child and Youth Care Centre
Director Paul Hudson
Website www.jameshouse.org.za

Established in 1986 as a children’s shelter for abused and abandoned children from the community of Hout Bay, James House, 20 years later is one of the leading Child and Youth Care programmes in South Africa.

All services rendered by James House are contextualised within community needs, the profession of Child and Youth Care and broader socio-economic influences current within South Africa.

James House is at its core a grassroots organisation, offering a 24 hr, seven day service to vulnerable families and children. The effectiveness of these services lies in the commitment and skill to be found within the staff and volunteers.

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JIKELEZA: a chance to dance

Location Hout Bay, Cape Town
Field Social upliftment through creative dance and music
Director Edmund Thwaites
Website www.jikelezaprojects.co.za

The Jikeleza (Xhosa: “turn around” or “pirouette”) Dance Project, established in April 2002, currently teaches dance (African, contemporary, Spanish and classical ballet) and music (marimbas and drumming) to children and young people from the informal settlement of Imizamo Yethu and the Hangberg Harbour community in Hout Bay, in Nyanga township and at the Learn-to-Live Program for street children in Green Point.

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Khayelitsha Special Needs School

Location Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Field School for mentally disabled children
Director Mr. V.V Klaas
Website No website available

Khayelitsha Special School was originally designated a mainstream school and was converted to a Special School in 2002. It’s main function is to provide education for learners with special needs.

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Khumbulani Centre

Location Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Field Creche and day care centre for children from distressed backgrounds.
Director Gloria Bebeza
Website No website available

Khumbulani centre was founded in 2000 and has established a reputation as an excellent care-giving facility operating under very difficult circumstances.The centre provides day care and after school services for HIV/AIDS affected and infected children and others. There are up to 160 children from the ages of 0-13 who attend the centre with an even spread of girls and boys.

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Kiddies Educare Centre

Location Philippi, Cape Town
Field Pre-school
Director Dimakatso Margret Makhafola
Website no website

Kiddies Educare Centre is a creche or day care centre for children between the ages of a few months old and 6 or 7 years old. The centre currently has 47 children which come to the centre everyday from 6am - 6pm. Margret is truly an inspiration to all that meet her, and she is loving and committed principal of this remarkable pre-school.

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Lavender in Lavender Hill

Location Lavender Hill, Cape Town
Field Greening and community development project
Director Marcelle van Zyl
Website www.lavenderinlavenderhill.co.za

The project started in May 2011 and in only a few months 20 000 little lavender plants have been propagated and are growing at our nurseries. We currently have two nurseries, one at Zerilda Park Primary School and the second at Lavender Hill High School. We hope to have a nursery at each school in Lavender Hill. On a daily basis the team’s Master Gardener, Vuyesile, is training community members how to plant lavender cuttings at these nurseries. The lavender cuttings are donated from members of the public who own lavender bushes and want to be a part of this social upliftment project. So far we have trained about 13 community members to the point where they are fully qualified to work at our nurseries. 10 of them have gone off to find jobs in the related field while 3 have remained to work with us on a permanent basis.

The plants that are grown in the nurseries are planted all across Lavender Hill. We plant in drug hang out spots or dumping spots to reduce drug use and clean up the area. We are also in the process of gaining acceptance for a large piece of land to plant a lavender field. The community has reacted very positively and lovingly. These lavender gardens belong to the community. They are responsible for looking after them so that one day in the future our team can walk away, and a wonderful Lavender Hill will carry on blooming by itself.

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Learn to Earn

Location Cape Town
Field Empowerment
Director Roche Van Wyk
Website www.learntoearn.org.za

Learn to Earn seeks to develop people, especially unemployed people, socially, economically, emotionally and spiritually. The vision is to eradicate unemployment and other legacies of injustice in South Africa.

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Luleki Sizwe

Location Luleki Sizwe
Field Womens Project (Lesbian)
Director Ndumie Funda
Website no website

Main Objectives

*The objectives of the organization are to:

*Change the existing negative perception about lesbian, bisexual and transgender womyn in our
society.

*Support and reach out to lesbians who have been forced from their homes due to their sexual
orientation and HIV status.

*Raise awareness on social culture, political and economic issues, that impacts on lives of
lbt’s.

*Develop an archive of LBT womyn in townships commemorate and celebrate young and older
LBT womyn.

*Fundraise necessary funds for different programs and infrastrure (sustainability)

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Masibathande Seniors Project

Location Khayelitsha
Field Senior Citizens
Director Thembi Gecelo
Website No website

Masibathande Senior Project was established on 23 March and is based at Mfuleni and Khayelitsha townships near Cape Town. At Mfuleni the serniors attend two days a week on Monday and Tuesdays with 116 members. At Khayelitsha they attend three days a week Wednesdays /Thursdays and Friday's with 70 members. Members are 60 years of age and upwards.

The activities of the organisation are:

Morning exersizes
Health monitoring.
Workshops that are related to their daily challenges
Handcrafts for them to generae an income
Fundraising concerts.
Vegetable gardening for them to eat healthy vegetables

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Mdzananda Animal Clinic

Location Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Field Primary health care for animals / pets
Director Jane Levenson
Website No website available

In the Western Cape there are many welfare organisations that deal with a vast population of pets and pet owners. But as a direct result of South Africa’s apartheid past, animal welfare organisations are mostly situated in so-called “white suburbs”.

Khayelitsha has a human population of approximately 1,5 million people. It is estimated that each household has at least one domestic pet. This means that there are over 1 million pets that need access to veterinary services at sometime in their lives.

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Nazareth House

Location Cape Town and Johannesburg
Field Caring for children and aged
Director Rosie Whittaker
Website www.nazhouse.org.za

For the past 126 years Nazareth House, one of the oldest organisations, has taken care of indigent elderly and orphaned and abandoned children, or children with incurable diseases. The Sisters arrived in Cape Town in 1881, at the request of the then Bishop of Cape Town. In total, more than 100 underprivileged children and adults are sheltered, fed, medicated and counselled at any given time. This equates to 110 000 meals served or 36 500 beds that have been occupied for the night!

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Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH)

Location Cape Town
Field Home care and social upliftment
Director Dee Wills
Website www.noah.org.za

NOAH is a model of housing and services for the poorest older people of the Western Cape. With 12 houses for the fit elderly, 2 assisted living facilities, 2 community centres, a primary health care clinic and a growing network of social clubs, NOAH provides a fully integrated package of care. Each year, NOAH reaches out to over 700 older people – helping them to feel secure and happy, stay connected to their communities, retain their dignity and independence and remain healthy and active for as long as possible.

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Nonceba Family Counselling Centre

Location Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Field Centre for abused women and children
Director N. Mankayi
Website no website

The Nonceba Family Counselling Centre, opened in 1998, is the only child rape crisis centre in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha on the outskirts of Cape Town. A true grass-roots community project, Nonceba (“concern” in isiXhosa) started with one woman’s decision to take action against the scourge of child rape and abuse in her community. The Centre, which began as a humble, one-room drop-in facility just over a decade ago, is now a landmark building and a beacon of hope in this largely impoverished community. In addition to campaigning against child abuse and domestic violence through community education and awareness projects, the Centre today accommodates up to 204 residents in its emergency safe houses for abused women and children. It also provides specialist counseling and expert psychological preparation for rape and domestic violence survivors in preparation for testifying in court.

In addition, the Centre prepares and trains foster and adoptive parents of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and runs an afternoon care facility for school-going children who have no parental supervision in the afternoons. Nonceba offers support in obtaining medical, psychological and legal help for violated mothers and children. Staff from the Centre accompanies children and their guardian/s to hospitals, the courts and through the often traumatic procedures necessary in the prosecution and recovery process.

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Pebbles Project

Location Western Cape
Field Education, special needs and upliftment
Director Sophia Warner
Website www.pebblesproject.co.za

The Pebbles Project believes that if a child, particularly one with special needs of any kind, is supported and given the necessary education at an early age, they are far more likely to go on to achieve more at school, and become well-adjusted, educated and achieving adults.Pebbles works closely with several wine farm owners, who support their work and assist them with the upliftment of their farm worker communities and the education of the workers' children. Pebbles also supports township crèches.

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Place of Hope

Location Cape Town
Field Care for victims of domestic violence
Director Jennifer Arendorf
Website no website

Place of Hope is a registered NPO ( 016 -266 ) which was established in July 2001. It is a residential centre for victims of domestic violence (and their children), whose lives have been extremely adversely affected by ongoing acts of violence perpetrated against them – a ‘near-death’ incident is what eventually causes a women to seek help, and she is then referred to our centre via a Social Worker, The Police, a Minister of Religion etc
The women stay at Place of Hope for approximately 6 months, and during this time they participate in a various programmes

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Proudly Macassar Pottery

Location Macassar
Field Skills Development
Director Johan de Meyer
Website www.think-udu.co.za

 

PROUDLY MACASSAR POTTERY

Upskilling and employing youth who have not finished school, while producing musical instruments from clay.

We produce the UDU - a West African clay drum - and the African Ocarina - an easy-to-play flute for all ages.

 About Macassar:

The township of Macassar was founded as a place of banishment during the early years of Dutch occupation of the Cape. Sheikh Yusuf was banished to Robben Island from the Far East, and then re-banished, so to speak, to Macassar, which he named after his birth place.

 Our offerings:

Township Clay Experience

Ideal for those who want to learn something from locals!

  • Play! Let a local show you how to make a basic shape from clay.
  • Music! Learn how to play the UDU (an african clay drum) and African Ocarina clay flute.
  • Paint! Paint a flute as a gift to take home - the flute is from Africa, the decoration is from your heart. Great gift idea!
  • Shop! Our range of musical instruments is uniquely Cape Town.

 Pray with Clay

Find beauty in unlikely places! This is a meditative retreat that takes 3 hours.

  • Work with clay, and let the process guide you to find good things in unlikely places in your own life.
  • Rediscover your passion to create good in unlikely places in your world
  • Create something to take home as a reminder of your experience of the day

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Rock Girl

Location Cape Town
Field Youth Development
Director India Baird
Website www.rockgirlsa.org

Inspired by a group of 11 and 12 year old girls from Manenberg, Rock Girl has been creating safe spaces for girls, and everyone, in Cape Town for the last four years. Rock Girl partners with artists and designers to create symbolic safe spaces in the form of public benches and art, identifying new and sometimes unexpected champions for girls. With the support of these champions, Rock Girl has installed 40 Safe Space benches and Book Hoeks around the city centre, with sister benches in schools, clinics, hospitals, and organisations that are providing real safety to girls, boys, men, and women. Sponsorship of these benches and public art helps support our work with you and enables us to influence policy and practice.

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Rosmead Centre Primary School

Location Claremont
Field Education
Director Kevin Boyd
Website none

Rosmead Central Primary has been in existence since 1940 and this year we celebrate our 75th Anniversary. Our learner complement consists of approximately 90% Xhosa-speaking, 7% Foreign National and 3% other learners. We service the areas of Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Manenberg, Hanover Park, Claremont, Kenilworth, etc. Many of our learners have dire social circumstances and are often raised by single mothers, grandmothers or aunts. We provide a good academic and cultural environment, but sorely lack a substantial sporting environment. For many years it has been a burning desire for our school to provide a sustainable grass field for our learners. I have not witnessed so much excitement amongst learners in a long time at the mention of the possibility of being able to play soccer on grass. It saddens educators that they cannot provide this simple joy to our learners because of financial constraints. A R10 000 water bill per month, amongst other financial constraints have prevented us from realising our dream. It is important that we provide a wide range of learning opportunities for all our learners.

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South Africa Education and Environment Project

Location Browns Farm, Phillippi, Cape Town
Field Educare and upliftment
Director Jane Keen
Website www.saep.org

SAEP is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of children in the townships through education and life-skills training. SAEP’s Early Childhood Development Programme provides support for 16 independently run township pre-schools/day-care centres (known locally as “crèches”) through the Safety Unity Crèche Forum in the informal community of Philippi, assisting them move from being simply day care centres to early childhood development centres.

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Sunflower and Butterfly Project, in conjunction with HNO

Location Ixopo, Rural Kwa-Zulu Natal
Field Assistance to survivors of gender violence
Director Debbie Rowe
Website www.infohno.com

The Sunflower Project ‘assists survivors of gender violence every step of the way’. The project was born 5 years ago in response to the staggering amount of abuse suffered by women and children in the local area. It is the proud recipient of both a CPSI (Centre for Public Service Innovation) Award and a White Ribbon Award – both in 2006. The project is active throughout the Sisonke District Municipality.

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T-Bags Designs

Location Hout Bay, Cape Town
Field Economic Empowerment
Director Jill Hayes
Website tbagdesigns.co.za

Bestselling author John Mason said “What you need is an idea and be brave enough to live creatively”. That is just what the people of Original T-bag Designs did – they had an idea and applied it.

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Thandolwethu (Our Love) Educare Centre

Location Philippi, Cape Town
Field Pre-school
Director Constance Ndzelwane
Website no website

Thandolwethu is a day care centre or creche which was recently established on the 3rd of September 2007. The creche currently has 7 children enrolled and with the completion of their new building is looking forward to increasing this amount of children.

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Thokozani Brothers

Location Cape Town
Field Empowering youth through music
Director Mhlangabezi Masizana
Website no website

Thokozani Brothers is a non-profit organization which was established in 1997 by ten young men who started singing Isicathamiya - a traditional form of music.
Thokozani Brothers was founded in response to the social challenges under which individuals in the community find themselves, especially the youth and young adults. 
Many young people were dropping out of school due to family poverty such as not having a school uniform or having to care for siblings.

Thokozani Brothers make interventions that go a long way towards providing alternative options for young people. Music is regarded as a universal language and they use it to reach out to adults and children in our community. It serves as a chore of their activities but leads to additional support and empowerment through extended activities.

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Thola Ulwazi Creche, in conjunction with HNO

Location Creighton Village, Rural Kwa-Zulu Natal
Field Day Care Centre
Director Ms. Florence Ngubo
Website www.hno.co.za

Thola Ulwazi Crèche is situated in Creighton Village 136kms from Pietermaritzburg. The village is surrounded by dairy farms and beautiful countryside. Ms Florence Ngubo is the principal of the crèche, Florence is young and dynamic and the children are joyful and lively. HNO has been involved with Florence from her humble beginning, operating the crèche from a small out-building at the local club – an initiative of an innovative farmer’s wife.

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Young Guiding Stars Sacred String Band Claremont

Location Harfield Village, Claremont
Field Christmas Choir Band
Director Diederick de Kock
Website No website available

Young Guiding Stars Sacred String Band of Claremont, one of the oldest Christmas Choir Bands in the Western Cape, if not in South Africa, is celebrating their 80th Anniversary in August of 2012.
Founded by the late Appolis Davidson and established in 1932 in the Harfield / Claremont area. The band in the early years was traditionally run by family and friends, from the neighbourhood but in the years to follow has become part and parcel of the local community. It has a membership of 55 members, with a willing working committee comprising of parents and women, dedicating their time to arrange fundraisers and keeping the band going.

What started off as a string band way back in 1932 has now been replaced by brass and reed instruments, with the odd banjo and piano accordion still evident from yesteryear.
At the helm of it all is our Life President Mr Fred de Kock (Senior), Mr Diederick de Kock (Captain) and Mr Wellesley de Kock (Bandmaster).
The bands celebratory their 80th birthday Thanksgiving Service to be held on 5th August 2012 at St. Mathews Church (Claremont). An experience for many of those whom were juniors then (now seniors) to go back and march down those very roads which they played in, many nights sitting on the corners by “Allies-shop” and remembering.

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Zama Dance School

Location Gugulethu, Cape Town
Field Youth Development through dance
Director Andrew Warth
Website www.zamadance.co.za

Zama Dance School is directed by former CAPAB Ballet and Cape Town City Ballet dancer Andrew Warth. Andrew trained at the Legat School of Russian Ballet in Tunbridge Wells, England, before his first engagement as a professional dancer in Germany with the Essener Ballet and later with the German Opera on the Rhein, in Düsseldorf. In 1990 he moved to Cape Town where he danced for CAPAB Ballet, now known as Cape Town City Ballet.

In January 2009 Andrew joined Arlene Westergaard at Zama Dance School in Gugulethu, and with Arlene’s guidance became Zama’s full-time ballet teacher. On Arlene’s retirement at the end of 2011, Andrew was promoted to director. “I feel I have very big shoes to fill and am grateful for the support and guidance offered by Zama’s patron, Raymond Ackerman and the Ackerman Family Foundation,” he says.


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Zizamele Educare

Location Khayelitsha
Field Educare
Director Mama Bukeka
Website No website available

Zizamele Educare was started by Mama Bukeka in 1995, today they have 60 children with 4 staff members. The children are divided into 3 classes, 0 – 18 months, 3 – 4 years and 5 – 6 years. Zizamele is currently operating out of 3 shacks and Uthando's goal is to build a decent building for them

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