Cape of Good Hope
“Established in 1872, the Cape of Good Hope SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and is the oldest animal welfare organisation in the country. A registered non-profit organisation (NPO 003-244) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 930004317), the society relies on the support of concerned individuals and corporates to continue operating.
We are affiliated to the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) and are Executive Members of the National Council of SPCAs South Africa (NSPCA), and previously a member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) before it’s dissolution.
Over the past 143 years we have diligently carried out our mission to prevent cruelty to animals. This is done through education, law enforcement, veterinary care services (operating an animal hospital, and four mobile clinics serving impoverished communities), an Animal Care Centre, Horse Care Unit, and Wildlife Centre.
Our area of operation is vast and covers approximately 11 000km² excluding the coastline. Last year alone the society sterilized over 5000 animals, thus reducing the region’s animal over-population problem. By providing primary veterinary care, we not only helped thousands of individual animals, but also improved the health of their human family by reducing the spread of Zoonosis such as mange (human scabies) and worms.
Steadfast in our determination to raise awareness of animal welfare and to significantly reduce and prevent animal cruelty, we provide veterinary care to those communities most in need and a qualified team of experienced inspectors, ready to prevent animal cruelty, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”
We are committed to creating sustainable socio-economic change in Cape Town’s township communities. By working hand-in-hand with community members, we seek to empower individuals and communities to become self-sufficient through the provision of training, support and resources.
In 1963, Helen Lieberman mobilised individuals to better their communities. Various initiatives were started, including centres for the disabled, and childcare and income generation projects to better the lives of the people living in those communities. In the 1970’s, community members start peer support groups. We open care centres and start working with seniors. The mamas of the community take orphaned children into their homes. We establish programmes for the blind and disabled and start to work with the youth of the communities. Ikamva Labantu was built by a group of determined women who envisioned a better future for South Africa. Our team is now over 130 strong, of which at least 100 live in the communities we serve.
In the 1980’s, we start informal schools in several townships in Cape Town. Our work starts to spread throughout South Africa, including Mossel Bay, George, Cradock in the Eastern Cape and Johannesburg. We also start cultivating our own food gardens, which to this day are still going strong. In 1992, Ikamva Labantu is formally constituted. We build or upgrade over 100 pre-schools, and build our first seniors club, Noluthando 1, where the elderly can meet in a safe and secure environment. Our Rainbow Centre in Gugulethu is built. Today it houses a Senior Club, a pre-school and our Afterschool Programmes. In the 2000’s, we built two additional centres in Khayelitsha – our Early Childhood Development Centre and our Enkhululekweni Wellness Centre. We open our model pre-school, Kwakhanya, which is a practical training-ground for township practitioners and principals. We open the Ikamva Labantu Family Centre housed in our ECD centre.
We are a global development NGO with over 25 years’ experience acting in defense of children and their rights, and especially the right to an equitable and quality education. We develop social projects in Spain, Africa, America and Asia through which more than 550,000 children and 150,000 adults participate in promoting just and equitable societies that guarantee their rights and wellbeing. We envision a world where all children fully enjoy their rights and lead a life of dignity. We are members of ChildFund Alliance, one of the foremost international networks of NGOS working in favour of child protection on five continents. Educo was born of the fusion of two organizations, each with extensive experience in the field of international development.
This synergy has enabled us to improve our projects and play a more decisive role in favour of Child Rights. In September 2013. Educo is born, fruit of the fusion of Educación sin Fronteras and Fundación Privada Intervida. Together, we have over 25 years’ experience in development work in the fields of Education and Child Rights. 1988 Educación Sin Fronteras is founded by a group of psychologists, teachers and other educational professionals interested in renewing educational methods and models. Experiences of solidarity in Central America inspire them to seek ways in which education can help build more equitable relationships between communities and individuals. In 1994, Fundación Privada Intervida is founded with the strong conviction that poverty and inequality are an affront to social justice. It is with this lens that we view the international context and local realities, and we defend a development approach that promotes people’s capacity to enjoy human liberties and to access equal opportunities. In 1996, we begin working in Guatemala, Bolivia and Peru through Asociación para la Ayuda al Tercer Mundo Intervida, after which time we gradually developed activities in other countries around the world. In 1999, we begin working in Bangladesh, followed a year later by the initiation of activities in India.
In 2001, we launch projects in Africa, first in Mali and three years later in Senegal and Burkina Faso. At the same time, we expand our projects in Central America, in El Salvador, followed by the initiation of activities in Nicaragua in 2004. Between 2004 and 2005 we increase our presence in Asia, implementing projects in Cambodia and Philippines. In 2012, we expand our area of intervention in Africa to include Togo, Ghana and Benin. In 2014, we launch a new domestic program in Spain, Educo’s School Lunchroom Program, which seeks to provide a balanced diet to children of families in economic crisis. We formulate our new Strategic Plan for 2015-2018. The Plan envisions a society where all children fully enjoy their rights and a life of dignity, based on our belief that children are the key to social change. In 2015, we consolidate our presence in ChildFund Alliance, which we joined and the end of 2014. At the same time, Educo’s 1st International Congress introduces a new dimension in the debate on children’s wellbeing.”
The Foundation was named after American student, Amy Biehl, a gifted and dynamic young woman who was committed to making a difference in South Africa. She tirelessly 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.
The foundation’s mission is to provide a safe environment in challenged and vulnerable communities where we develop emotionally well rounded children and youth who make positive life choices and become contributing members of society.
Our mission is to provide the best children and youth programs where all achieve and succeed in life. For 22 years, the Amy Foundation has been working to provide students in the Cape Town area with enrichment opportunities. With over 2000 children participating in our programmes daily, the Amy Foundation empowers both the participants at the schools as well as the surrounding communities.”
Bridging Abilities is a non-profit company that caters for persons with physical and intellectual disabilities. We aim to foster personal and social development through Adaptive Physical Ability. We assist persons with disabilities to acquire new skills, which will enable them to become more independent. Bridging Abilities is involved in the community in two ways, sports & recreational days and Adapted Physical Activity (APA) Community Groups for Adults. Currently sport and recreation events are held twice a year one in March and one in either August or September. Learners from schools that specialise in special needs (Education for Learners with Special Educational Needs (ELSEN)) from around Stellenbosch, Somerset West and Cape Town attend the events. Our Sports and recreation events are hosted twice a year (March and Aug/Sep).
These days function as an opportunity for schools and centres which specifically cater for children and individuals with disabilities to enjoy various sport and recreational activities. Activities such as sitting volley ball, blind futsal, boccia (a game similar to bowls specifically designed for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function such as cerebral palsy) and various recreational games such as fun relays are played during the course of the day. A lunch pack is given to each participant before they leave to go home. These days also serve as a means for us to get to know the individuals and communities we aim to serve in order to build a relationship with them and gain their trust, since sports days and camps for children with disabilities are rare within the South African communities.
The children have come from schools and centres surrounding Cape Town, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Langa or Nyanga. Many of the learners we work with come from disadvantaged backgrounds in addition to their disabilities. The participants who have attended our events have had a range of disabilities, including spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, amputations, cerebral palsy, visual impairments and legally blind.
Our events are free and thus we rely on donations to be able to host these events
What is now Blind SA originally started on 26 October 1946 as the South African Blind Worker’s Organisation to help the blind find meaningful careers. While this remains one of our primary goals, we have grown over the years to be able to provide so much more. Placing our first blind person in their new job, establishing Braille Services, awarding our first bursary, creating a skills development service, successfully lobbying – taking on any matter that concerns the blind, is what made us who we are today. In 2004 we became Blind SA. Blind SA is governed by its members who elect the Head Committee. Even though most of our members and management are blind, we are so much more than just another “organisation of the blind”. We insist on self-representation and work and speak from the viewpoint of blind people. We stand for equality, advocating the rights of the blind throughout South Africa. Based in Johannesburg, we serve the blind community at large.
We equip blind people with the skills they need to fully and independently participate in society. This includes support in living without assistance, getting about, using technology, reading, working and socialising. All this is made possible through advocacy, our Education Committee, Braille Services, orientation and mobility services and our employment programme. It is through this, and the support of our donors, that we connect South African’s who are blind or visually impaired with the world they live in.
To end the cycle of poverty for Blind South Africans, empowering them with knowledge and information through education, braille and developmental services. To break down barriers, provide opportunities and create answers that improve the quality of life for the blind community so that they can live the life they choose.
The Children’s Hospital Trust
A hospital dedicated entirely to children – especially children predominantly from impoverished communities throughout South Africa and Africa – is critically important. So important, that it needs a champion to make sure that it’s able to keep doing the phenomenal work it does.
The Trust is an independent nonprofit organization established in 1994 to raise funds to support specific projects and programmes to help advance child healthcare through the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital – the first stand-alone tertiary hospital, exclusively for children, in sub-Saharan Africa. The Trust raises funds for the upgrade and expansion of the Hospital’s buildings, the purchase of state-of-the-art medical equipment, new medical treatment programmes and funds the training of medical professionals across Africa – ensuring that the Hospital not only retains its world-class stature, but is able to continue providing life-changing and life-saving care for children.
The Trust relies on donations in order to fund these needs. When you donate to the Trust, every cent goes towards funding projects and programmes that change children’s lives (and the lives of the people who love them.) The operational costs of the Trust are funded from an endowment, so your generous contributions are never used to cover administration costs.”
St Luke’s Hospice
“St Luke’s sees a vital role for itself as a community based primary health care organisation, sharing the load with state-funded medical services, which are being strained to breaking point.
Our journey began when Christine Dare, an English medical student visited Cape Town in the late 1970s. She had worked with Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern-day Hospice movement*, and her visit ignited the need to cater for patients and their families facing life-threatening illnesses.
St Luke’s was founded on 13 August 1980, initially operating out of Vincent Pallotti Hospital and then Observatory, before finding a permanent home in Kenilworth in 1986.
The community hospices enable us to cater for the specific needs of each community, with due regard to socio-cultural needs. Each community hospice is made up of volunteers, usually from that community, that run the services alongside our staff. These services include day hospice facilities as well as support for patients in their own homes.
Currently, we care for over 500 homecare patients every month through our satellite community day hospices located in certain areas of greater Cape Town and we have a 10-bed in-patient unit in Kenilworth and Khayelitsha, where patients can be admitted for a maximum of two weeks.
Our services include quality nursing support, physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual care and bereavement support for patients and their families.”