Nation Builder has compiled a list of some of their partner NPOs in each province where you can add festive cheer through giving in practical ways that will really help to contribute towards lasting social impact.
“It’s important to know that giving is not only financial, and many of the NPOs that we and our members work with often need more than financial giving. They can benefit immensely from professional skills, expertise, mentorship and time,” said Keri-Leigh Paschal, Nation Builder Executive Director.
NPOs to contact in Gauteng:
MES has a number of initiatives happening in and around Johannesburg, where people can sponsor essentials needed to ensure the success of the initiatives. See their Johannesburg wish list, Kempton Park wish list and Cape Town wishlist online.
Refilwe will be running a Christmas Activity Club for the children in their Foster Care Programme who are remaining on site this December. This will run from 7 – 15 December, and will cater for 11 children (2 – 18 years old). They would appreciate craft materials and ingredients for baking cookies. They also welcome volunteers to help facilitate some of the more advanced craft workshops. There will be a 10:30 – 12:00 slot and a 14:00 – 16:00 slot on Tuesday (12/12) and Thursday (14/12). They also welcome visitors on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to treat the caregivers at their Baby Home. Please also consider supporting their back-to-school initiatives by donating stationary.
NPOs to contact in the Western Cape:
Viva Foundation of South Africa is hosting a number of events that can be contributed towards, ranging from their Viva Orphans and Vulnerable Children Christmas Party, Viva Village Christmas Party, Viva Kids Early Learning Centre Year End Function, and Graduation. Details on their website.
U-turn Homeless Ministries has an initiative called “Give Responsibly This Season”. Giving money to the homeless can fuel addictions and dependency. Instead, people can purchase and give U-turn vouchers. These vouchers provide a person living on the streets access to food and?clothing, as well as, importantly, putting them in touch with U-turn’s social support team.?Subscribe online to receive vouchers on a monthly basis on http://homeless.org.za/get-involved/ – vouchers costs R45 for a pack of 5 vouchers.
Straatwerk in Cape Town has four events happening. On 21 December they will be hosting a celebration for women, on 22 December they have their Street Outreach and Coffee Room event for women involved in prostitution, and on 25 December they have another Street Outreach and home visits, as well as a Christmas meal for all the participants. For more details on how to contribute have a look at their website.
Learn2Earn has a wishlist online, and you can also contact Aleks Jablonska (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request their wishlist. You can contribute to meet their needs via a donation, or by purchasing one of their beautiful Christmas gift bags showcased in their catalogue.
CommonGood offers individuals education and employment programmes which you can contribute to by being a sponsor for an individual who would like to benefit from further education.
Life Child is currently caring for over 600 children in 12 preschools in Samora Machel and Kosovo, Cape Town. In addition, they have an emergency safety home, providing emergency safety care to the most vulnerable children in the community as well as their Life Child Preschool in The Leagues, which provides quality Montessori education for 24 of the most vulnerable children in the surrounding community. During this Christmas season there are several ways to get involved:
1. Donate towards their ‘Feed a Family’ initiative this Christmas. They are giving Food parcels to families of their sponsored children to support them during this Christmas season.
2. Donate a backpack and/or funds to purchase school uniforms for their sponsored children entering Primary School in 2018.?
3. LifeChild will also be having an end of year celebration at their Life Child Preschool on Wednesday 6th?December.
For more information, you can email them email@example.com?or call on 021 439 4721.
NPOs to contact in KZN:
We know the African Proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”, and LIV village in KZN is proof of this. Not only can you reserve your spot to watch the LIV Village Christmas play, but you can also contribute to LIV2educate, which helps a child all year round by helping with their tuition for the year in the village.
iThemba Lethu is helping raise 12 little people in their transition homes and/or youth and their families in the community. A needs list can be found online that will help make an impact in their lives through health, education and happiness.
Also read: “Preparing your hearts, minds and pockets for Christmas” by Vastofontein CEO Mathilda Fourie, about how to give wisely to make a difference, with some other tips and ideas of how your giving can be really meaningful this year and beyond.