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 in the sex industry. We reach out to women working in this industry, loving them where they are at, going into places where we believe Jesus would be, accepting them without judgement and getting to know their stories.
Every second Friday night we go out to the ladies working on the streets in Illovo and Rosebank in JHB, offering them healthy relationships as well as providing spiritual teaching and support.
Additionally, we a stripclub/brothel outreach where we go into all the stripclubs and brothels we can find in Jhb/Pretoria/Surrounds with gift bags with the message that the ladies are loved, valued and purposed. We also go to Sexpo every year to serve and love the people working there.
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 gain a Christian support group that helps them, without judgment, to stay safe and work toward a more healthy and sustaining lifestyle.
Shumbashaba develops people to realise their unique worth and personal power. This fosters hope in homes and communities allowing people to build meaningful and purposeful futures. We incorporate nature and animals as a way of helping vulnerable children and adults develop self-worth, gain life skills, and the sense of empowerment needed to help them build a hopeful future.
We work alongside children and adults to develop self-worth, gain life skills and the sense of empowerment needed to build a hopeful future. The impact of Shumbashaba’s award winning public benefit services is felt in both privileged and under-resourced communities, with particular focus on the Diepsloot community. Diepsloot, a township of some 250,000 residents, is a township characterized by a majority population of youth who experience high levels of unemployment, poverty, crime, substance abuse, as well as child abuse and gender based violence on a daily basis.
Whilst we fully believe that formal education and skills training are essential to lift people out of poverty, none of this is possible if they do not have a positive sense of self. The focus of the Shumbashaba Community Trust is to support people to reach their full potential as physical, spiritual and emotional beings. We help people develop this potential through our therapy, learning, and sports and recreation programs.
Assist individuals and families to access the services of Shumbashaba based on their unique needs or the needs of a particular community or group of people. Programs include life skills and healing for Youth at Risk, Addiction disorders, Care for the Carer, Trauma Support and Victim Empowerment in addition to providing therapeutic riding and riding as a sport and recreation to members of community organizations.
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.
Remember Me helps orphans, widows, refugee, needy families, unemployed and young adult in Johannesburg make positive changes in their lives.
Through food parcels, vegetable gardening and bursaries, Remember Me provides ongoing support to those who need it most.
Orphans, widows, refugees and unemployed youth and adults will have the chance to use their own skills to improve their situation in life and be introduced to the life-changing love of God.
The Grace Factory
The Grace Factory aims to reduce baby abandonment by distributing blankets, clothes, nappies, formula, toiletries and more to mums in government hospitals and clinics.
We believe that every child should have a dry bottom, a full tummy and warm clothing.
New moms have everything they need to care for their baby and feel more confident that they can care for their child, reducing baby abandonment.
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.