Well done SOS Africa!

Via SOS Africa on Google+

SOS Africa Aftercare WC

Look how far we have come in just 18 months!
We are proud to bring you SOS Africa’s staff and children at our Aftercare Centre in the Western Cape, courtesy of Anna Lusty who made it all happen… ‪

 

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Urgent Request for Baby Clothes and Products for a Newborn

I just had an urgent request from a friend. One of her work-colleagues unexpectedly gave birth to a baby girl on Friday. The poor woman didn’t even realize she was pregnant! She just started working at the company and have no leave yet, so she has to bring the little one to work with her. Her income is obviously insufficient to sustain the demands of an infant at the moment, so she desperately needs our help.

If you can donate any of the following, please get in touch immediately.

Items requested:

  • 0-3 month baby clothing (VERY URGENT)
  • Nappies (VERY URGENT)
  • Bottles
  • Formula
  • Wet Wipes
  • Baby toiletries (oil, vaseline, creams, soap, bum cream, shampoo)
  • Blankets

If you can help at all, please e-mail me directly (click here) or complete the contact form below. I’ll be in touch ASAP. (Remember, donations in the Pretoria area can be collected).

You can also message me on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

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Cyclone Pam: How to Support the Relief Efforts in Vanuatu

Via #Charity Navigator

With the devastation of Vanuatu by Cyclone Pam, many people may wonder how you can support relief efforts effectively.

March 13, 2015 was definitely a ”Friday the 13th” for this island nation. Cyclone Pam, a Category 5 storm, left 3300 people displaced and many dead. In addition to the immediate effect, the storm left a lingering fear of more desperate times in the coming months. Crops were destroyed by the storm, which will leave the island without resources in the near future. Disease will spread and fresh water will be in short supply.

According to Charity Navigator, the following organizations are already on site and providing necessary support.

If you wish to contribute in any way, please visit Charity Navigator for more information.

The videos below portrays the nature of the storm, the devastation in its wake and the desperation of the people of the island.

(Videos via: CNN, Channel 4 News, Global News and UNICEF on YouTube)

 

 

Santa Shoebox Project 2015 – Applications Open NOW!!

 

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Yes!! It IS really THAT time again! People, SSB 2015 is up and running (has been for a few months already, quietly humming along in the background). Those of you interested can have a look on the website to find out more about the project (click here). While you are busy browsing the amazing images of our beneficiaries, why don’t you consider joining in the fun? Register as a SUPPORTER and become a volunteer in your area. Believe me, the numbers are growing, and we can really do with extra hands to bring all those smiles to little faces! There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and I’m sure each one of you will find just the thing to do for your area’s team. Register, meet the team and become part of something magnificent this year!

You can also sign up for our NEWSLETTER in order to get regular updates on progress and events throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, a word to those facilities (orphanages, daycare centers, pre-schools, primary and high schools, community centers, etc) all over South Africa and Namibia. If you want to register as BENEFICIARY for the 2015 run of this project, the time is NOW. Applications are open and you can do it online here. You have until 23 April 2015 to apply, after which you will be informed whether your application has been successful or not. A coordinator will be assigned to your facility and he/she will be in touch with further details during May/June 2015. Have a look at our photo gallery and see how things went over the years during our celebrations. IT COULD BE YOU THIS YEAR!! Apply NOW!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with SSB (click here) or you may complete the contact form below, ask your question and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

You can also find Santa Shoebox on FacebookTwitter or Pinterest.

 

Maternity Wear and Used Baby Clothes Needed

We are attempting to help two young women whom I referred to a local shelter for unwed mothers with maternity wear and baby clothes. They are both still in their first trimester, so the clothing will only become a real issue within the next month or so. These two girls were both shunned by family and friends, because of their condition. The few friends that stuck by them contacted us and so we are trying all we can to make the following few months as easy as possible for them. Being a single mother isn’t easy, as many of you may understand, but having nowhere to turn is even harder. Please keep them in your prayers during their time at the shelter. They have a lot of difficult decisions to make, in addition to taking special care of their bodies while they ”build” their little person.

Complete the form below if you can help them at all.

 

Help Dunduzela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth from Dunduzela Day and Night Care Centre in Nellmapius, East of Pretoria, needs your help urgently. Elizabeth is ”mother” to abandoned babies, toddlers and teens; children simply left at her door or picked up in the fields around her house. You will remember that I visited her a while back and she introduced me to some of the little ones. Not all of them are HIV-positive, but some of them are and they need special care…nutritional supplements, medication, etc, to keep them healthy. Yet, Elizabeth made a loving home for them and the children adore her.

Yesterday I received a request from her for specific items she needs for her household. Now, Elizabeth gets some funding for the orphans in her care, but has to re-apply annually and during the period of re-application and funding registration, she gets nothing. For each child in her care, whether it is a newborn or a teenager, she receives a sum of R 800-00, which, I’m sure, you will understand is hardly enough to keep a little baby fed and in dry nappies for an entire month. With the teens the basic toiletries are a problem….the bigger kids need what adults need….deodorants, shampoo’s, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc. This is what she is asking for. Please, if you can help her at all, complete the contact form below and I’ll be in touch to arrange pick-up/drop-off of the items. You can also donate funds, but send your contact details via the form so that I can forward the account details. Proof of purchase of all items will be provided and if you need an Article 18A, it can be arranged. Dunduzela is a registered NPO.

 

Below then, a list of the items she needs:

  • Toilet paper
  • Washing powder and softener
  • Other household cleaning products (dish-washing liquid, Handy Andy/Vim, etc)
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Deodorant (boys and girls)
  • Razors
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Nappies (babies 6+ months)
  • Wet Wipes
  • Baby bath products

Complete the contact form below/inbox me on Facebook/direct message me on Twitter/e-mail me if you wish to contribute.

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14 Things Cause Marketers Should Do

Via #Visualistan.

I know this was made for the year 2014, but I thought it was such a brilliant infograph, that I just had to share it. Having a non-profit myself, I find that one often run out of ideas and sometimes just need some extra tips to inspire you afresh.

Have a look and, who knows, perhaps you will find it useful in your own organization.