Uthando South Africa is proud to work with and support an amazing collection of independent, well managed, innovative and inspiring community development projects and charitable organizations across a broad spectrum of sectors including the following :
- Abused women and children / domestic violence
- Agriculture and food gardens
- Animal welfare
- Human development through arts/culture and sport
- Children and educare
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Elderly and ageing
- Environmental and green
- Farmworkers and rural development
- HIV / AIDS
- Housing / Shelter
- Population health
- Prisoner rehabilitation
- Reconciliation and human rights development
- Refugees and migrants
- Skills development and empowerment
- Sustainable economic development
Criterion for consideration as a grantee project :
- Grantees must be community based.
- Grantees must be registered Non-Profit Organizations (NPO) with the South African Department of Social Development.
- Grantees must be prepared to submit needs analyses to Uthando and provide satisfactory reports on expenditure including Annual Reports and Annual Financial Statements.
- Grantees must satisfy Uthando that benefits to the community are clearly defined and activities are tangible and evident.
Abalimi Bezekhaya “Farmers of the home”
Abalimi Bezekhaya “farmers of the home” is a micro-farming association working among the unemployed in Cape Town. Abalimi Bezekhaya trains and supplies thousands of micro-farmers in organic methods of home and community gardening. Harvest of Hope is Abalimi Bezekhaya’s niche-market business for the micro-farmers , that sells top quality un-poisoned vegetables to the public via weekly veg boxes. Farm & Garden Trust promotes and supports Abalimi Bezekhaya and its Harvest of Hope as a national flagship project.
Tel: +27 21 371 1653
Amy Foundation (formerly Amy Biehl foundation)
The Foundation is named after American student Amy Biehl, who worked with members of the African National Congress (ANC) at the University of the Western Cape’s Community Law Centre on the new Constitution and Women’s Rights, as well as helped register voters for the country’s first free elections in 1994. On August 25 1993, Amy Biehl’s life was tragically cut short in an act of political mob violence in the Gugulethu Township just outside of Cape Town. Four young men were convicted of her murder, and after spending 5 years in prison were granted amnesty through the parents of Amy and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Determined to honour Amy’s love of South Africa and her belief in the truth and reconciliation process, Amy’s parents founded the organisation. Two of he men that killed Amy, joined Amy’s mom, Linda Biehl in working for the Amy Biehl Foundation and they still work together to this day!
The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non-profit organisation that offers programmes to develop and empower youth (5 – 18 years of age) by supplementing the shortcomings of the educational system in the townships of South Africa. Reaching over 2000 youngsters every day, the programmes unlock their creative talent with the aim of producing future leaders, well rounded global citizens and entrepreneurs. Giving the children hope and a brighter future, the programmes also have a positive effect on the communities, reducing the levels of crime, gangs, drugs, HIV / Aids and violence. Educational and cultural activities includes; after-school care, music (Violin, Guitar, Recorder, Marimba, Choral Singing and Brass), Drama & Dance (Kwaito, Modern, Traditional and Ballet), greening and environment and sports (soccer, hockey, swimming, diving, cricket, netball)
ARESTA – The Agency for Refugee, Education, Skills Training and Advocacy
ARESTA – The Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy is a Cape Town based Nonprofit Organisation. ARESTA educates and provides skills like English language course; vocational training in sewing, food preparation and service to refugees, asylum seekers and South Africans, helping them develop their own strengths in order for them to become self-reliant. The organisation empowers South Africans and foreign nationals on social cohesion, mediation and peace building through workshops in local communities. ARESTA provides refugee legal assistance, policy reform, refugee right awareness and health interpretation through its advocacy department.
Improve quality of refugee’s life through the provision of educational, psycho-social services. Facilitate job creation and income generation activities within the refugee community : empower Refugees toward self-sustainability. Promote Refugees’ local integration and voluntary repatriation as alternative to local integration. Develop and strengthen partnerships and networks with other Refugee service providers, governmental institutions, structures and or agencies.
Beauty for Ashes
People leaving prison face many challenges. Beauty for Ashes has established two halfway homes in Observatory that provide the ex-offender with a safe place to stay, free accommodation and food, individual assessment of their particular problem and programs that aid reintegration to community. Educational and employment opportunities are also offered.
Beauty for Ashes has worked behind bars in the prisons for 18 years, since 1997. In prison the Beauty for Ashes accredited teaching team offers life skill programs preparing offenders for their release. Beauty for Ashes entered a partnership agreement with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in 2013. Together the DCS and Beauty for Ashes will work for the establishment of more facilities like this in the future.
Betterchoice Gumboots Dance Youth Project
Betterchoice Youth Project is a community based project based in Khayelitsha. Betterchoice focuses on teaching children Gumboot and Traditional style dance, as well as offering a homework club to assist children with their studies. The mission of Betterchoice is to offer children alternative after-school activities to combat the influence of drugs, gang violence, and alcohol abuse which runs rampant in the community. Betterchoice offers their children a “BETTER CHOICE” by giving them a productive and creative outlet for expression and entertainment. Their also offer after-school homework sessions so the kids can have homework help and a productive environment to pursue their scholastic goals.
Tel: +27 73 033 9410 / +27 78 017 7736
DANCE FOR ALL
Their mission is to provide children in historically disadvantaged communities with the opportunity for enjoyment, empowerment and the promotion of self-esteem through the medium of dance, as well as training professional dancers and developing a unique, indigenous dance company.
Training programmes include African Contemporary, Ballet and Contemporary are taught in townships in and around Cape Town and the rural areas of Barrydale and Montagu as well as at the Athlone studios during afternoons and Saturdays to a total of +/- 1500 students. DFA has many success stories of students who have, secured careers in their chosen fields locally and abroad
Tel: +27 21 697 5509
eKhaya eKasi “Home in the Hood” Art and Education Centre
Located in Khayelitsha, eKhaya eKasi “Home in the Hood” Art and Education Centre serves as a community resource and oasis of hope for families impacted by extreme poverty. After-school activities for children include literacy, performing and visual arts, and first experiences with borrowing books from our library. Skills training develops creativity and entrepreneurship for unemployed adults while generating essential income. Items handmade by participants are featured in the centre’s Art Boutique. The Rooftop Garden grows nutritious organic vegetables and acts as a home agriculture learning space. Additional programmes include Soup Kitchen, World AIDS Day event, and more.
Tel: +27 21 801 9523 / +27 83 681 0604 / +27 76 658 3426
Ezakwantu “The African” Youth 4 Change Group
Ezakwantu “The African” Youth 4 Change is a cultural organisation and youth development project based in Khayelitsha. The group works with children and young people from the ages of 7 years old to 33 years old and currently has approximately 50 members. Besides developing programmes for young people the group is available for performances at weddings, parties, special occasions and private functions. The group is experienced, passionate, reliable and highly professional. Ezakwantu incorporates traditional choir, traditional dancer, traditional poetry and drama
Tel: +27 62 158 2311 / +27 83 361 5001
Eziko “Fireplace” Cooking and Catering School
Eziko “Fireplace” Cooking and Catering School is a community based project located in Langa, one of the oldest township in Cape Town. Eziko acts as an entry-level skill in catering and the hospitality field. Eziko specializes in food preparation and cooking courses, baking and drinks service, preparing students for a career in cooking and catering.
Eziko mainly draws its students from previously disadvantaged communities within the greater Cape Town area. Students from other African countries such as Angola, Aimbabwe and Cameroon have also attended the school. Ziko offers a six months training program in basic cooking and catering skills for those who may consider getting into business in future. Eziko facilitates in-service training to familiarize it’s students with the real life equipment and general cheffing standard. Eziko also assist to place their students including companies such as Cape Town Internation Convention Centre, Cape Milner hotel, Sky Chef, Bidvest food service training, Cattura Coffee and International Wine Education Centre . Eziko have been awarded provisional accreditation and also registered with SA Government Department of Labour.
Tel: +27 21 694 0434
Greater Commission United
GCU was set up in 2001 by Mario van Niekerk, who was born and bred in Heideveld (on the Cape Flats of Cape Town), and witnessed many of the community’s problems first hand. He felt passionate about helping many of the area’s youth and keeping them off the streets. The literacy rate in Heideveld is around 24% and the average child drops out of school at just 12 years old.
GCU is not just a football club; it has expanded into a wider range of community activities including rope skipping, tutoring and teaching life skills.They support and assist school dropouts to go back to school, provide mentorships and a way out of being trapped in the cycle of gangs and drugs. GCU provides over 280 youths aged between 7-18 years to engage in their activities.
GCU believe that school-based sports and arts activities play an important role in maintaining learner’s interest in school and can help prevent them seeking alternative excitements such as drugs, alcohol and gangsterism, which then increases dropout and failure rate. GCU also try to provide a supportive family environment which many young people lack at home, and so end up looking for in gangs.
Greenpop is a non profit organisation on a mission to (re)connect people with our planet by planting trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spreading environmental awareness, and activating people through green festivals and workshops. The aim of the urban greening programme is to empower local communities to improve their environmental and social landscapes by using tree planting as a tool for active citizenship, environmental stewardship and learning. The programme addresses and improves the lack of green spaces in underprivileged neighborhoods, a lack of education on environmental issues and self-sustainability, and a lack of job opportunities in the green space.
Hlanganani Ngothando “Meet with Love”
HLANGANANI NGOTHANDO ORGANISATION “Meet with Love” (HNO) runs a care centre in Bulwer for children and young adults living with physical and mental disabilities. Some of them are transported in daily from surrounding areas and others are weekly boarders. Each client is assisted with specific therapy and activities to encourage development to reach his/her best potential. HNO also sends a team into the communities surrounding Bulwer offering emotional, physical and spiritual support and guidance for people suffering from conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, hypertension, malnutrition and stroke etc, as well as distributing resources and food parcels to the poor and destitute.
Tel: +27 84 401 8989
HOME FROM HOME
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.
The children grow up in small family homes in their home communities and culture, attend school and speak their mother tongue. They have a foster family, and a social worker, to support and care for them. It is their hope that one day they will either be reunited with their biological families, or failing that, that they have provided them with the necessary grounding to lead happy and successful lives.
Tel: +27 21 761 7251
Hout Bay Music Project (HMP)
It all began when one motivated individual responded to the absence of music development opportunities for disadvantaged children. Since their inception in 2003, Leanne Dolman and her team continue to help children come together to experience the joy of music. The Hout Bay Music Project (HMP) teaches music and related disciplines to over 80 children from the Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu communities every weekday afternoon from an informal timber structure at the Hout Bay Community Cultural Centre.
Children are taught violin, cello, double bass, voice, dance, drumming, marimbas, electric violin, musical theory and life orientation. Indigenous music is innovatively combined with classical music and traditional dance.Their vision is to consistently achieve teaching and performance standards of the highest level; and to secure a dedicated, permanent teaching and performance venue.They aim to become sustainable through ongoing income from the children’s performances, the kind support of the general public, and financial commitment from sponsors and donors. HMP contributes to meaningful community development in Hout Bay and aims to extend their network throughout the Western Cape. Their vision is to ‘Always provide a safe, fun, creative platform for music discovery, artistic expression, and life skills learning’.
Some of their amazing achievements are; International Parliamentary Union opening ceremony, G20 Summit, Andre Rieu, Maastricht, Holland concert series, Performances as part of the Strings Exchange, St Polten, Austria, World Bank Parliamentary Conference, Old Mutual Budget Speech Competition Dinner and “The Philanthropist” American television series.
Ikhaya-Kulture “Home” (Ikhaya Garden)
Ikhaya-kulture “Home” (Ikhaya Garden) is a school based community project, a food forest garden situated at Isikhokelo Primary School, Site C, Khayelitsha. The purpose of garden is to promote and practicing agroecology and biodiversity, serving the community with relevant information, gardening skills and engaging with young people. The garden was established in 2013 by Xolisa Bangani who is an artist (poet/rapper), with the idea of showcasing gardening as a landscaping art. Ikhaya garden is all about making garden cool and fun for the youth, combing gardening, recycling and art. The idea is to promoting healthy lifestyle while creating environmental awareness programs.
Tel: +27 81 414 8411
IMAD teaches music at Eluxolweni Primary School in Khayelitsha, at York Road Primary School in Lansdowne, and at community schools in Khayelitsha and Lansdowne. Music isn’t on the curriculum at schools in these disadvantages areas of Cape Town, and so IMAD is providing these young people with the opportunity to develop a talent which will stand them in good stead throughout their lives. We have weekly trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, bass guitar and drum lessons. We have choirs at the two primary schools, and there are bands at all four schools. Our focus is on teaching and playing South African jazz. Graduates from these music schools are able to graduate to the Little Giants youth band, IMAD’s standard bearer.
Iminathi “Stand with Us” Educare Centre
Iminathi “Stand with Us’ Educare Centre is a day care centre that educate and develop more than 90 children aged between 6 months to 6 years and prepare them for their educational journey in Khayelitsha with 3 educators and 2 teacher-aides, it was started by a wonderful and passionate Lindelwa Masizana. Iminathi’s vision is to assist and educate the most vulnerable and under-privileged children in the community of Two Two in Khayelitsha with pre-school education up to grade R. The educare centre also has after school facility for youth to do homework, reading and music development. Uthando is in the process of raising R1.1 million required to complete the construction of the educare centre thus providing a conducive learning environment for the children.
Tel: +27 78 959 1956
Isibane se Afrika “the light of Africa”
Isibane se Afrika literally means “the light of Africa”, a motto this traditional African and gospel choir lives closely by. Using the choir as an instrument for change and a force for good, Isibane se Afrika gives the youth of Khayelitsha the opportunity to be part of something fun, positive and empowering – instead of hanging around on the streets and falling in with gangs and drugs. The choir is very popular at corporate events, weddings and parties where they perform their unique style of traditional African music and dance.
Phone: +2763 639 8522
Isiseko “The Foundation” Educare Centre
Isiseko “The Foundation” Educare Centre is a day care centre and registered non profit organization catering for more than 100 children in the township of Mfuleni, it was started by a 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 also has after school facility. Uthando has recently completed a brand new building costing R1.2 million for Isiseko Educare and is very proud to work with Isiseko.
Tel: +27 82 945 0062
James House is a child and youth care centre situated in Hout Bay working with thousands of children and families. They run four different Programmes namely BEST programme, ISIBINDI programme, RESIDENTIAL programme and LIFE CENTRE / CHAMPIONS programme.
BEST – is a school-based therapeutic programme.
ISIBINDI – works to meet children’s basic needs, protect them from abuse and exploitation.
RESIDENTIAL – first of its kind in SA for 8 boys and 8 girls for adolescents between ages of 12 and 16 exhibiting exceptionally challenging and risky behaviour.
LIFE CENTRE / CHAMPIONS – will be implemented combining our learning from our Life Centre Programme ( a Youth Development Programme targeting school drop-outs and at risk young adults (16-23 years old) and the BEST programme.
Tel: +27 21 790 5616
Jikeleza “Turn Around” Dance Project
Jikeleza “Turn Around” dance project is a community outreach and development project located in one of the most deprived township neighborhoods in the greater Hout Bay area, primary based at Sentinel Intermediate School. The project uses quality and community-based dance, music and performance to champion young people and children from the informal settlements of Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg, here they work as a community partner to address a wide range of social issues such as poverty, neglect, drugs, violence, HIV/AIDS, poor educational attainment and unemployment that impacts young lives.
Jikeleza’s activities develop skills, confidence, dignity and employability of children and young people through high quality and rigorously professional community-based performance in a wide range of activities, they offer creative dance and their pride and joy has been the African Drumming and Jika – Marimba. Participation in meaningful after-school activities helps to keep children and youth off the streets,making them less vulnerable to involvement in gangs, crime and substance abuse. Classes are from Monday to Friday with various age groups learning dance, marimba, drumming and creative movement and Life orientation.
Khumbulani “To Remember” Health, Education and Resource Centre
Khumbulani “To Remember” was formed by members of the Khayelitsha community due to the large number of individuals infected and affected by HIV, AIDS and TB in their direct neighborhood and the devastating consequences thereof, which include an inability to work and thus financial difficulty, leading to food insecurity and preventing parents from affording their children a quality education. In addition, the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS meant that many individuals had inadequate knowledge about the diseases and did not receive the social support in the community that they would require to deal with the effects of HIV/AIDS and TB.
Khumbulani’s founding members experienced the gravity of the problem when volunteering in a soup kitchen for individuals in their neighborhood. Khumbulani thus developed a holistic community programme consisting of an Educare and an aftercare facility, an HIV support group, vegetable garden and outreach programme.
Through its projects Khumbulani’s aim is to mobilize community support for individuals and families that are affected and infected by HIV/AIDS and TB, encourage people living with the diseases to take up treatment, and deal with the stigma attached to the diseases.
Tel: +27 21 360 8007 / 364 9883
Kiddies Educare Centre
Kiddies Educare Centre is privileged to have such a loving and caring principal Margaret Makhafola. She has priorised staff development and the benefits are obvious to all and especially the more than 100 young children that go to the centre each and every school day. In Margarets view, investing in the staff is investing in the child, unlocking his or her full pontetial at school,home and for life.
Kiddies provides for children aged 0-6 years of age and they have 5 permanent staff members.
In 2012, together with SAEP Uthando provided the funding for a decent double story brick building replacing the terrible informal shack structure which Kiddies called home.
Tel: +27 84 715 0499
Kronendal Music Academy
Kronendal Music Academy was formed in 2007, to address the ongoing lack of cultural stimulation, which faces the youth and the community as a whole in Hout Bay. KMA’s main focus has always been to provide music education in as many forms and styles as possible to under-privileged and economically challenged communities, while fostering a platform from which to initiate racial and social interaction and integration amongst the three very distinct communities in the area. At any given time we have a minimum of 150 learners in lessons with 18 teachers who specialize in some 22 instruments.
Tel: +27 21 790 4457
Lathi-tha “Sunshine” School of Skills
Lathi-tha “Sunshine” School of Skills was established with the aim of providing learners who are experiencing barriers to learning an opportunity to be educated using a different stream than that of the mainstream schools. The learners that attend Lathi-tha School of Skills are learners that have been experiencing barriers to learning in mainstream schools and have been given the opportunity to enter into a different educational system that offers them both academic knowledge as well as skills. The learners are able to use other forms of expression as opposed to the conventional ‘pen and paper’ methods for expression. Emphasis is placed on skills and extra mural involvement that our learners are encouraged to fully participate in.
Tel: +27 21 361 2009
Lavender in Lavender Hill
Lavender in Lavender Hill produces are high quality, health beneficial, all natural ingredient lavender body, home and food products with a social aim. Theirsocial aim is to support job creation and entrepreneurial empowerment in the Lavender Hill Community and other Cape Town Areas. This is done through theirchoice of product producers, hosting of education sessions and Lavender Ambassadors. Their products producers are handpicked to empower. They work with small entrepreneurs, community members or micro enterprises. Lavender education and skills training sessions are held with Lavender Hill community members.They also help create business opportunities for people who want to take their financial situation into their own hands. Lavender Ambassadors receive training, mentorship and start up help to run their own business selling the Lavender in Lavender Hill products. By buying Lavender in Lavender Hill products one buys a great, healing product while helping people.
Tel: +27 82 357 7613
Learn to Earn
Learn to Earn restores the hope, dignity and self-respect of unemployed people through market relevant skills training, job creation and business incubation projects. Learn to Earn are working to eradicate unemployment and build a nation where everyone has access to economic opportunities and the chance to provide for themselves and their families.
From their four training centres in the Western Cape Learn to Earn offer short courses in a variety of skills, always combined with life skills, personal finance and spiritual development – giving people a ‘hand up not a hand out’ and the skills to succeed in the working world.
Tel: +27 21 361 5972
Luleki Sizwe “Discipline the Nation” LBT Women’s Project
Luleki Sizwe “Discipline the Nation” LBT Women’s Project was formed as a response to the need as well as to provide a safe space and support networks to address the needs of black LBT women in urban and rural townships. The idea to establish a community-based organization came about as we began to reflect in our circles, that quite a number of lesbians are experience violent rapes and as a result become victims of HIV AIDS. The reality is that lesbian is been seen as not African which means that expressing one’s sexuality is dangerous and can be deadly. Luleki Sizwe seeks to change the existing negative perception about lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in our society. Provides support and reach out to lesbians who have been forced from their homes due to their sexual orientation and HIV status.
Programs offered include; sexual and bodily and autonomy / women’s health programs. Sports, Arts and Culture programs, human Rights lobbying and Advocacy programs, providing a safe house and medical care for recent victims of “corrective rape”, educational programmes and computer classes and assisting across all local groups including the elderly and HIV charities.
The best bits of beauty is the kind that happens when you least expect it; that leaps out of the corner of your eye and overwhelms you with colourful, meaningful surprise.
Macassar may be Cape Town’s hidden township, but right here their pottery studio, a self-sustaining social enterprise, has created space for youths to discover and follow their dreams. The business is co-owned by its employees.
Visit them to buy ceramics that tell their story of unexpected beauty, or to do their Township Clay Experience, where you encounter township life with the clay as your teacher.
Masibathande “Lets Love them” Seniors Project
The Masibathande (Let’s Love them) Senior Project is an oldies organization based in Khayelitsha and Mfuleni with 186 members, established on the 23rd of March 2013. The organization is managed by Thembi Gecelo (Director) and have two kitchen staff that prepare meals for the oldies and an administrator. The idea of forming the senior project is to provide the senior citizens who lived before, during apartheid and now in the democratic South Africa with the opportunity to enjoy life in their last days and to also explore South Africa.
The “Oldies” as they affectionately known come to the centres for approximately six hours a day in a week, two days – Mondays and Tuesdays in the Mfuleni centre and three days –Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Khayelitsha centre. They engage in activities such as exercises, workshops that are related to them, health monitoring by health officials in their centre, hand work, they do activities for income generation and fundraising concerts and participate in Old Aged games annually.
Tel: +27 73 247 8835
Masibulele “Thank You” Educare Centre
Masibulele Educare Centre is an early childhood development centre (ECD) located in Makhaza which is part of the sprawling township called Khayelitsha on the eastern border of Cape Town. Masibulele was founded in 1995 by Thandi Xaba but her daughter Patricia (Nwabisa) Xaba has taken over as principal of the school. Currently Masibulele provides day care and early childhood education to approximately 140 children ranging in age from a few months old to 6 years of age. The final year at Masibulele is the grade R class which prepares the children to start their primary school year at 7 years of age. The school currently consists of informal structures which are unsafe and totally unsatisfactory in terms of decent health and sanitation. The SA government will only provide financial assistance to ECD’s that satisfy health and safety requirements (the subsidy is R15.00 per child per day). In May 2018 Uthando launched its campaign to raise approximately R1.3 million (approx. $100 000.00) in order to build a clean, decent and quality building for Masibulele. The goal is to have the new building completed by the end of 2019 at the very latest. The ECD obtained its name ‘Masibulele’ meaning Thank You as the principal wanted to say thank you to the families who trusted her and sent their children to the ECD.
Mdzananda “Distemper” Animal Clinic
Vision: Companionship and community care for every animal
Mission: Enhancing well-being for animals and their community through veterinary services, education and partnerships.
The Mdzananda “Distemper” Animal Clinic is a permanent, veterinary council registered, NPO animal clinic in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town.
Founded in 1996 the clinic serves up to 1000 animals per month through consultations, hospitilisation, surgery and mobile clinics for sick and injured animals, primarily dogs and cats. It also offers an emergency ambulance service, performs continuous sterilizations, rehomes pets and performs abuse and neglect interventions.
Lack of education and funds are what generally result in neglect, illnesses and injuries. Mdzananda works on educating the community while providing low cost veterinary services. A community that loves animals is a healthy community. By looking after an animal people learn responsibility, respect for life, compassion and non-violence. These are valuable attributes which flow over into everyday life.
Tel: +27 82 251 0554
Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH)
Informed by their vision of ‘Home, health and happiness for every social pensioner’, NOAH has offered a cost-effective and integrated model of support for social pensioners more than 35 years.
They believe that by ensuring that social pensioners have access to safe, affordable, dignified and comfortable accommodation, access to quality health care, and access to a range of support services (including income generation), they are then able to engage socially, contribute to their community and to the economy and have a strong sense of meaning and purpose.
Nonceba “Mercy” Family Counselling Centre
The Nonceba “Mercy” Family Counseling Centre opened in 1998. It 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 started with one woman’s decision to take action against the scourge of child rape and abuse in her community.
In addition to campaigning against child abuse and domestic violence through community education and awareness projects, the Centre today accommodates up to 32 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. 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. 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.
Tel: +27 21 364 0135
Original T-Bag Design Company
Born out of a caring desire to improve the daily quality of life of impoverished South Africans, Original T-Bag Designs produces a range of high quality, innovative, handmade products, which are creatively unique was established in 2000 in Hout Bay.
Original T-Bag Designs makes ‘Functional Art’ out of recycled tea bags. Used tea bags are dried, emptied, ironed then painted. Each artist has their own individual styles and patterns. There may be similarities, but no one painted tea bag is identical. These miniature works of art are then applied to stationary, decor items and gifts, wooden items like boxes, trays and coasters and even fabric items like carrier bags.
For a group of previously disadvantaged people in Hout Bay’s townships, one cup of tea has indeed provided community, love, excitement and financial security. Original T-Bag Design comprises of 24 members.
The Pebbles Project Trust enriches the lives of disadvantaged children living on farms in the Western Cape by providing support and intervention in five key areas: education, health, nutrition, community and protection.
Their inception in 2004 was in response to the many instances of children born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, a legacy of the ‘Dop System’ (a practice historically used in South Africa in which many wine farm workers received monetary payment with daily measure of cheap wine as a fringe benefit, and which increased and exacerbated alcoholism among farm workers, resulting in widespread social damage among farming communities.
Whilst their main focus is and always will be on education (including special needs), their current multi-faceted approach reflects their belief that any meaningful and sustainable change needs to be holistic in nature, treating the child as a whole, taking into consideration all the factors that affect his or her ability to thrive.
Tel: +27 21 865 1019
Rock Girl partners with the design, travel, and media industries to create safe spaces for girls and women, and everyone. Since 2010, Rock Girl has trained over 400 girls, installed 56 Safe Space public benches, and traveled over 3000kms on Road Trips across South Africa to interview other girls and find common solutions to the challenges they face. In June 2017, Rock Girl launched BRAVE, an innovative business model that provides girls with practical training and economic opportunities, while raising awareness about gender-based violence. BRAVE and Rock Girl are creating an exciting new model for travelers and tourists to engage with and assist local communities.
Tel: +27 82 7344569
Sinovuyo “We Are Happy” Old Age Group
Sinovuyo “We are Happy” old age group was formed on the 26 of May 2015 situated in Khayelitsha, the group consists of +-45 members aged between 60 to 85 years. The members meet every day from Monday to Friday at 09:00 am till 14:30 pm.
The main objectives of the organisation include providing joy, happiness and overall support to elders. It works as a structure that helps seniors to perform their services e.g exercise, feeding scheme, social discussions, hand-works etc.
Sinovuyo provides care, support and monitoring of their health to improve their well-being and poverty alleviation. The organisation helps elders to enjoy positive relationships with families and community.
Tel: +27 61 772 4390
The Big Issue
The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit Social Enterprise that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental job creation programme. Big Issue vendors are self-employed micro entrepreneurs. They purchase the magazine for R12.50 and sell it for R25. When they first “badge up” (sign on as entrepreneurs), they receive 5 free magazines to help them generate start-up capital. From then on, the entrepreneurs manage their own income, and in this way are given the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to being self-managed, independent entrepreneurs. While creating jobs for marginalised adults is the primary objective of The Big Issue, an important part of this process is skills development and the provision of a social services support network for micro entrepreneurs. The success indicator of an entrepreneur is measured initially through income earned and selling the magazine on a regular monthly basis, but there is also an option for entrepreneurs to “Move On” into the formal job market when they have acquired the requisite skills. Any adult who is either homeless or a shack-dweller and who is unemployed with no other legitimate means of earning an income can become an entrepreneur. The Big Issue does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, nationality, status or gender. The Big Issue magazine is compiled by a small, dedicated editorial team, with contributions by reputable freelance journalists, photographers and columnists. The Big Issue also runs a thriving internship programme aimed at providing young journalists with valuable hands-on experience. The micro entrepreneurs are de facto the retail and distribution channels for the magazine. The Big Issue’s unique job creation model ensures that each and every magazine sale generates 100% profit for the entrepreneurs, and that they actively have to work to sell each magazine. Therefore, magazines cannot be sold at newsstands and via newsagents.
Tel: +27 21 461 6690
The Darling Trust
The Darling Trust was established in August 2003 by founding member, former trustee and present patron, Pieter-Dirk Uys.
The Darling Trust was set up to assist the previously disadvantaged communities of Darling. The trust aims to empower individuals to help themselves, mainly through participation in the sectors of education, skills development and health. Their philosophy is strongly opposed to the handout culture that some organisations inadvertently create. Aid that is purely reactionary and does not involve the active participation of individuals results in beneficiaries becoming reliant on the organisation, and therefore inhibits self-sufficiency in the community. They aim to create projects that genuinely help people to help themselves, to truly empower people by being proactive – motivating, educating and providing people with the skills to survive despite the most challenging of circumstances.
The Darling Trust implements projects that are meticulously planned, effective and fully accountable. Additionally, they act as a channel for funding for their communities, by identifying areas of need and assisting those who endeavour to address those needs. Funding to these individuals and organisations is carefully considered and continuously managed to promote sustainability and accountability.
Tel: +27 22 492 3384
The Young Guiding Stars Sacred String Band Claremont
They were founded in 1932 in the Harfield / Claremont area. Although starting as a string band in 1932, they now have brass and reed instruments with the odd banjo and piano accordion still evident from yesteryear. The band consist of 35 Seniors in total, Juniors of 20 and tiny tots of 8 in total have a band of 63 members. The band have their monthly prayer meetings and at the members’ homes, once a month the Band try to have a Band social gathering – this is their bonding time with all members being present – bring and share gathering.
Most recent accomplishments the band have received to add on to a number of accolades they have over the years in existence include; Athlone & District Union – band is affiliated to this union – the band won the solo in Junior and senior divisions and SA Board competition that was held at Vygieskraal, Athlone where the Band won numerous trophies.
Tel: +27 76 787 2580
Thokozani “Rejoice” Together
Thokozani “Rejoice” Together operates as an educare centre for more than 100 children and an after school youth development project since 2004. Thokozani Together has reached thousands of children from communities across Khayelitsha in Cape Town over this time. The centre does not only cater for the youth but operates within and for the broader community. After hours, the centre is used by community groups (such as burial societies and stokvels or “community savings scheme”) for their regular meetings. On the weekends, youth wash cars and dustbins outside to earn extra income. Mhlangabezi Masizana is the founder and his wife Lindelwa had a vision for a multi-purpose centre serving the community, and this is what they have created on the corner of Thabang Bokolane Road, Town Two, Khayelitsha.
Quirky 30 is a non-profit company providing free 1 year training to underprivileged/disadvantaged youth between the ages of 16-35 years old in coding, design, cloud, and entrepreneurship skills. Poverty and unemployment are major drivers of the high crime rate in South African townships, contributing to the large prison population which is among the highest in the world.
The unemployment of youth in South Africa is one of the highest in the world.The steady increase of the youth population is not being matched by an increase in job opportunities. There is a large discrepancy between what the youth are being taught and what employers expect them to know.
The mission of Quirky 30 is to address the high unemployment and crime rates amongst youth in South Africa through accessible, customisable, and marketable skills development within these communities.
We have a bold vision of turning impoverished communities and prisons from gangster-ridden crime hubs offering very few opportunities and hope into dynamic and vibrant tech hubs which can have a national and global impact.
Ulwazi Educare Centre
Ulwazi Educare Centre is a registered as a Nonprofit Organization focusing on Early Childhood Development, situated on land owned by the NPO in an area called Delft in the eastern neighbourhoods of Cape Town. Patiswa Patience Bangani is the founder of the organization and principal of the school. Ulwazi Educare centre opened in 1998 with the stated intention, “to protect the children from child abuse, drugs and to fight poverty. We are looking after the children whose mothers are working and leave them with unemployed fathers, neighbours, immediate family members or alone, we specialize in caring for children from the age of 2 years to 6 years.”
In 2010 funds were raised to build a school from mostly used shipping containers. This first step led to what is now a school for 120 children, without much further investment since then. Uthando is currently working with Ikamva Labantu and Natural Building Collective to have plans drawn and money raised to build a good quality decent building for Ulwazi Educare replacing the current shipping containers. The goal is to raise R1.3 million (approx US$ 100 000.00) and complete construction by the end of 2019.
Zama “Try” Dance School
We all know and use the expression: to dance for joy. Zama “Try” Dance School, Gugulethu, is dancing for joy made manifest. Dance requires vision, presence, practice, precision, perseverance, fearlessness, trust, dedication, hard work. Zama exemplifies all these. In 1985 a fearless, visionary woman held a ballet class in the heart of Gugulethu. This has continued for five-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week, 48-weeks-per-year ever since, for 100 children from age six. Zama Dance School has produced and hosted dancers and choreographers of international repute and experience, and many local dance luminaries. Most important, it has produced hundreds of hours of pleasurable focussed hard work, espirit de corps, personal development and happiness for children every single day.
Tel: +27 21 638 6861