We find the people who are able to create the most change and give them what they need to do.
The Baby Box Project
The Baby Box Project was started in 2014 and has delivered more than 1,325 starter kits for vulnerable moms of newborn babies.
Each kit contains essentials for a newborn, including items of clothing, a blanket, a few essential toiletries and nappies. The items are personally delivered to each mother, and included is a note of encouragement. We also regularly make up baby boxes for premature babies, as we find that these mothers are especially vulnerable.
We work with social workers at the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, and they help us to identify vulnerable mothers. We visit the hospital two to three times a month and deliver between 40-80 boxes a month.
Our policy of a personal handover is part of the transfer of hope to the moms; to be heard, to be treated with kindness, and the dignity of receiving new baby clothes. Our message is always the same: this might not be an easy road. But "you are not alone". There is a God who sees you and there are people who care.
When we talk about the number of kits we have delivered, it’s not just cold statistics — each box translates into a little life, a mother, a family who has hopefully been impacted.
Newborn babies get the start they deserve in life, and new moms living in poverty get the dignity of providing for their child.
Cherished is an outreach and support group for women working in the sex industry. We believe
all women are loved, valued and have purpose, and this is the message we lavish upon these
ladies. We run monthly outreaches, give out gifts to ladies in their working environment and host special monthly events. We support ladies where they invite us to, creating meaningful relationships and walking with them, one on one, on their journey to finding their purpose.
Our goal is that women in the sex industry will come to know that they are valued, purposed and loved in Christ Jesus. We provide friendship, support and access to avenues that they can utilise in pursuit of a healthy, fulfilling life.
Women in the sex industry will gain emotional and spiritual support, a safe community, and the opportunity to find their purpose.
The Village Safe Haven started 18 years ago and through many lessons learned and much love, we have grown into a beautiful place that many call home. We receive children who have been rescued from abuse or abandoned, from newborn babies to 13 years old. Many of our children have stayed with us from very young, right through high school, to enter the working world. Some of our children stay a few weeks and some stay a lifetime but every single one of them is uniquely special and important, given to us to look after by God’s grace. It is our passion to make a difference in the lives of others, especially those who are vulnerable and have endured hardships from a young age.
Our vision is to raise and educate vulnerable children in a safe Christian environment and to give them as many opportunities as possible, encouraging them to rise above their difficult circumstances. All children placed with us are welcomed with love and compassion into a stable and caring environment.
Basic Housing and Feeding, Education, Transport, Medical, Clothing, Salaries and when possible, Entertainment.
Each child we take in requires the basics of living such as feeding, lodging, toiletries and cleaning products. The Educational costs depend on the child’s age and ability as to what school they will attend and what educational system they will follow. Transport is used for school, court and doctor’s visits to name a few.
We have to buy what we don’t receive. One of our most important expenses is our staff salaries. Without our staff, our home cannot exist.
Impact Africa works in the informal settlements, where more than 10 million South Africans take up residence that span the periphery of South Africa’s large cities.
Our five areas of focus are:
- Impact Kids Preschool, where we educate and feed hundreds of orphaned and at-risk children every day.
- Impact Baby Rescue, where we rescue abandoned babies and counsel families.
- Impact Mission Adventures, our short-term volunteer teams.
- Impact Students, where our team teaches the Life Orientation class for numerous schools to encourage the students to stay in school and away from drugs.
- Impact Missionary Experience, a gap year program designed to empower and equipped young adults.
These different branches of Impact Africa were all created to help those in the poorest communities and address South Africa’s most devastating issues through sharing the love and hope of Jesus Christ.
Compassionate individuals will be inspired and mobilized to help South Africa’s most vulnerable families and children.
The Philile Foundation
The Philile Foundation – helping children break the cycle of poverty through education and skills development
What we do:
Our objective is to equip the transition from SURVIVAL to CONNECTION to SIGNIFICANCE.
We do this through partnering with ECD Centres and providing specific skills development to children.
- Early Childhood Development
- Skills Development (programmes for children ages 2-18 years)
- STEAM education
- Character development
- Sports development
- Social Research
- Narrative Research
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Theory of change
Vulnerable children have the chance to get a quality education that will prepare them to build a brighter future.
The Grace Factory
The Grace Factory is an independent, caring organisation that is passionate about helping mothers and babies in need in South Africa, with the ultimate aim of placing value and dignity on mothers during one of the most vulnerable times of her life.
One way we aim to do this is by providing maternity packs to mothers who are not able to afford the basic baby care essentials at the time of their newborn baby’s arrival. These packs include an outfit, vest, beanie, blanket, socks, nappies, wet wipes, bum cream, aqueous cream, baby soap, face cloth, maternity pads and breast pads. We distribute our maternity packs through government hospitals, clinics, social workers and other community partners who have made a commitment to empower women on a long term basis.
Lastly, we aim to redistribute some of the goods we receive to homes caring for abandoned or orphaned babies.
The Grace Factory became a legal entity in February 2013 and so far we have brought a ray of hope to over 16 000 anxious new mothers and babies, and assisted over 150 homes and organisations with baby goods.
Our heart and vision for The Grace Factory is that no mother delivers a baby in our communities without having the basic baby care essentials for herself and her baby.
Your support helps us provide vulnerable mothers with the baby care essentials she deserves. When we are able to supply mothers with these essentials for their babies and children, their families can put their limited funds towards food and shelter.
Impact Baby Rescue
The Impact Africa Baby Rescue Center exists for the purpose of transforming the hopes and futures of desperate people in need; specifically, for young mothers and babies living in squatter camps throughout Johannesburg. It is estimated that each day in Johannesburg, 3 to 4 babies are abandoned and left for dead. Here, the future is unknown, and the present reality of poverty is overwhelming. This existence leaves newly pregnant mothers with a disillusioned view of the future, and little hope of a better life for their children.
For the majority of residents in the squatter camps, this is a time of transition away from family, friends, and nation of origin. Therefore, this leaves young women vulnerable, isolated, and alone. With no one to look to for help and guidance, they are unequipped and unprepared to make decisions about their future, and are hopeless about the future of the child they are responsible to raise. In desperation and fear, the unthinkable will manifest itself in unprofessional and horrific abortion practices that leave the mother’s body scarred and damaged, or the precious new baby abandoned in a dumpster or chemical toilet.
The Baby Rescue team will be given the opportunity to conduct more prevention/awareness presentations, care for more abandoned babies, and counsel desperate young women.
The Character Company
Our mission: Raising boys to be good men.
Our Vision: To help raise boys to be good men with strong values, positively impacting families, communities and society, via a long-term MENtorship program.
What we do:
To achieve our goals, we focus on long-term mentoring and relationship building, instilling 5 specific values – courage, kindness, self-discipline, honesty and respect.
We primarily work with young boys between the ages of 5 and 10 as an intake age, but our long-term mentorship approach means that we will continue to be part of their lives throughout their school career and beyond.
- We have weekly activities for age similar groups of no more than 5 boys at a time.
- We have weekend activities where all the groups and sometimes families come together.
- We have various camps throughout the year.
- We provide a support structure for single mothers.
- We advocate for the better treatment of women and children.
- We run long term mentorship program for young boys with absent fathers.
The Character Company will be able to continue their long-term mentoring of young boys, hold their weekly activity sessions with their groups, host camps throughout the year, provide support structures to single mothers and advocate for the better treatment of women and children to their young boys.
LIV exists to raise the next generation of leaders in our nation. We place vulnerable, parentless children into a family environment where they receive unconditional love, spiritual discipleship, care, and nurturing, and where all their needs are met. HIV/AIDS and poverty have resulted in many children being abandoned and orphaned. We want these children to grow up equipped with essential moral values and life skills to be a generation that will influence positive change within South Africa, our continent, and the world.
What we do:
Our LIV Families programme houses vulnerable and orphaned children within a loving home with parents who can love and care for them in a normal structured environment, the children attend local schools and then receive extra curriculum support through various programmes and an afterschool club where they are able to get homework help and assistance that may be required.
Our El Roi Baby Home houses abandoned babies on their way to meet their forever families with a current 13 babies in our care. Refilwe Preschool provides affordable preschooling to the Lanseria area and through our outreach program we impact more than 1,500 children in the Lanseria area through partnership with 30+ informal preschools.
Key partners like Rise Against Hunger and the LEGO Foundation enable us to provide needed resources and training, improving educational outcomes for these children. Ithuteng Afterschool gives a safe space for our community children to do their homework, extra reading, attending career workshops and receive spiritual and emotional support.
During holidays and on weekends we do various activities and games with our foster and community children to keep them busy, through these programmes our kids are exposed to the love of Jesus, entertained, educated and kept safe, as well as fed a hearty meal.
We are a community development project with many different programmes under the one umbrella. We currently look after 13 babies (El Roi Baby Home), 14 foster children, 76 children at pre-school, and 171 children at our community aftercare programme.