Following on from the success of the Street Store in 2014, advertising agency M&C Saatchi Abel have created another philanthropic initiative: Stamps for Good. All you need to do is buy one of the ten virtual stamps from the Stamps for Good website, embed it in your email and spread awareness for that charity with each click. Simple, easy, effective.
It’s December. The festive season is in full swing, the malls are filled with gifts and people are visiting family and friends. The Christmas spirit is everywhere in Cape Town. Everywhere, but in the townships. People living in the townships don’t see the festivity in the malls or on TV. Often they don’t celebrate Christmas. But… that’s about to change.
Founded in 1989, Learn to Earn (LtE) is a non-profit organisation which assists unemployed people not just socially and economically but emotionally and spiritually too. The organisation takes a holistic approach in their training and has helped more than 13,000 people to find jobs and support their families.
Started in July 2015, DKR Concepts is the brain-child of a brother and sister duo: Kgosi and Dikeledi Rallele. D for Dikeledi, K for Kgosi and R for Rallele. The siblings joined forces to develop innovative business concepts to bridge the gap between the Khayelitsha township and the rest of the city.
Caroline Borg spent a week at the Projects Abroad surfing project to see how the programme was helping the groups they work with. From the young children at Village Heights Care Centre to the high schoolers from Lotus River, this water sport provides a great deal more than physical activity. The surf project encourages personal growth and goal-setting. The project also works with a rehabilitation centre, engaging the adults in a social activity that gives a healthy outlet and purpose to their lives.
South Africa has one of the highest incidences of domestic and gender-based violence in the world. Studies have shown that one in every six women in South Africa is regularly assaulted by her partner, and 36.6% of African women throughout the content have experienced domestic violence by their partners.
If you meet Helen Lieberman, the founder of Ikamva Labantu, you would be impressed by the energy she exudes. Helen’s father was Lithuanian, he fled the pogroms to find safety. Her mother was English, who came to South Africa during World War I. Helen’s upbringing was sheltered. She’d never known anything other than her community, its people, its customs, its newspapers controlled by the government, until the day she entered a township. She was 21 years old. That day, she decided that she couldn’t live in this country without getting involved.
A non-profit organisation, HOPE Cape Town, is making great strides to support children and families who are affected by HIV/AIDS and TB. The organisation helps people by offering counselling and educational programmes at the community level and works in disadvantaged ‘forgotten’ areas like Mannenberg and Blikkiesdorp.
Despite being one of the most economically advanced countries on the continent, South Africa is struggling with a particularly pressing issue: its prison population, which is the largest in Africa at 158,000. To make matters worse, upon leaving prison, ex-offenders are presented with the bleak options of either unemployment or a menial low-paying job, which makes the allure of crime extremely powerful.
Two devastating earthquakes hit Nepal in April and May this year, leaving more than 8,700 people dead and 23,000 injured. The magnitude of this natural disaster on the infrastructure of the country was devastating and whilst the mentality of the Nepalese people is becoming more hopeful, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has indicated the setback could reverse the progress Nepal has made in education over the last 25 years.