|July is Volunteer Month and 567 CapeTalk and the Dischem Foundation has been helping those doing good, to do better.
We profiled ten great organisations two weeks ago and then asked our listeners and their supporters to help us find the four most deserving- to receive a share of R80 000- by voting for them on our Facebook page.
The SPCA Cape of Good Hope came out on top with the most likes. Thanks to the generous support of the Dischem Foundation, each of the following organisations will receive R20 000 each.
|Cape of Good Hope SPCA:
|Established in 1872, The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and is the oldest animal welfare organisation in the country.
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA is also a member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).
This SPCA covers a vast area – around 11 000km2 – and looks out for the interests of domestic, farm, working and traction animals, animals reared for consumption, wildlife, animals used for entertainment and exhibitions, as well as animals used in sport and for research.
They don’t turn any animal away. No matter what the breed, condition, age or reason for animals being brought to the SPCA, and are on call 24/7 to respond to rescues and emergencies involving animals.
It works with 104 staff members who are assisted by an active pool of around 60 volunteers and a further 300 volunteers on their database that they can call on when necessary.
It costs in the region of R1.7 million every month to keep the SPCA going. Most funds go directly towards the animals, followed by administration and fundraising.
Tel: 021 700-4140
firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.spca-ct.co.za
The Mustadafin Foundation was established in 1986.
It emerged as a result of political unrest and violence in the Crossroads Township. Crossroads, at that time was isolated and violence that erupted was due to faction fighting. It had a devastating effect on the local community, particularly women and children.
In order to support the community, a group of professionals offered their expertise, skills and resources. They provided medical care, trauma counselling, accommodation, food and clothing.
They work with some 100 volunteers.
Mustadafin provides the following assistance:
|Education – established 22 educare centres; facilitate bursary processes; offer adult literacy programmes and pre-school teachers training; manage madaris, etc.
Poverty eradication – skills development, feeding schemes, winter warmth project, provide shelter, HIV/Aids programme, etc.
Disaster relief – offer relief during shack fires, floods, Xenophobia attacks, etc. Health – established a centre that assists infected and affected HIV/Aids people offer community home based care, trauma counselling, home based care, etc.
Community development – youth camps, feeding schemes, self-help programmes, etc.
Their feeding scheme provides for 15 000 men, women & children daily.
Tel: 021 633 0010
Established in 1976, Rape Crisis is the oldest women’s organisation in South Africa dealing with adult rape.
Rape Crisis has between 60 – 80 trained volunteers offering direct service delivery under the supervision and mentorship of trained staff members. They have a growing database of volunteer & partners.
Rape Crisis’ mission:
• provide a bridge between survivors and the system so that more survivors report rape,
• rape incidents decrease,
• survivors’ experience reduced secondary trauma within the system and,
• the conviction rate of rapists improves. They plan to achieve this through coordinated action between their three main programmes:
• counselling, crisis containment and court support directly to survivors,
• training and awareness programmes to civil society organisations, government partners and community groups and
• advocating for law reform with partners in the sector.
In the period February 2010 to march 2011 Rape Crisis reached a total of 1 532 rape survivors through their court support project and 593 rape survivors through their Thuthuzela Care Centre project. With roughly 6 000 rapes reported in the province annual this is just over a third of that total.
In 2009/2010 Rape Crisis saw over 2 300 rape survivors for direct support and this increased to over 2 700 in 2010/2011.
Rape Crisis contact details:
Telephone: (021) 447-1467
|The Anna Foundation:
|The Anna Foundation was started in July 2005.
The Anna Foundation works with farm children in disadvantaged and impoverished rural communities in the Boland and Breede River Valley.
Remedial education at rural schools largely entailed teaching basic literacy (i.e. reading and writing) to learners of all ages. A vast number of learners aged 15 - 17 years, still attending primary school, were identified as unable to read at the level of an average age 9 child.
No special needs teachers are provided in these schools and no support supplied for these slower learners.
Challenges faced by these schools include overcrowded classrooms, limited educational resources, lack of library facilities, language constraints, isolated geographical locations and poor transport availability.
The Anna Foundation provide academic, social and environmental support after school hours on the farms by implementing the 3 R’s Programme:
Reading, Running, Right-ing.
This involves literacy/numeracy assistance and homework support, sports/physical development, and right living (life skills) and is based on a philosophy of holistic development and a belief in ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’.
Volunteers assisting with the educational aspect of the programme are able to provide children with the vital one on one assistance which they do not receive at school, improving their reading and maths skills.
The Anna Foundation aims to equip the farm children living in rural areas with skills for lifelong learning.
Telephone: 021 - 885 1922