JYB NonProfit: Christmas Lunch for the needy

As we all know, Christmas can be both a wonderful, blessed event or it can be a daunting, lonely time, depending on your own, personal situation. Unfortunately many people across the world have to get through this festive season without the smiles, laughter and companionship of family and friends. Because of this atmosphere of good cheer and joy, those who are left to their own devices often feel abandoned. Statistics show that suicide attempts are more likely during this period, especially among teenagers.

JYB Non-profit Development Project is working together with local organizations and schools in the Lawley, Johannesburg area in order to identify at least 24 vulnerable teenagers and children; youngsters who are more likely to fall victim to depression, those who are without a support system, those who suffered recent losses, etc. These children are more likely to spend their Christmas alone and, quite possibly, hungry. These  kids will be rounded up come Christmas day and given the opportunity to spend time with other people, to join in the Christmas spirit, laugh and have fun.

In order for JYB NonProfit to achieve this, they need some help with groceries so that they can prepare a delicious festive meal for these children. You can also volunteer to help during preparation and serving of the meal on the day.

Have a look at their list and get in touch with Bryan Ndlovu at +27 83 246 368 or click here to e-mail him.

Alternatively, complete the contact form below and we’ll be in touch.


Donation Requests for November: 2nd Call


In my post on 11 November I mentioned how vulnerable people are, especially during Christmas. How they, not only need food and shelter, but human kindness, a touch, a caring word, as well.

Over the past few weeks I’ve just come to realize, yet again, how evil the world can be. People can be thoughtless and uncaring, doing and saying things that can hurt a person and cause unnecessary pain. Apart from being the victim of just such abuse myself because I dared to care, a friend of mine fell victim to something far worse. Obakeng Motheogane, who bravely saved the children in  Ncgobi District, Bela-Bela, gave me awful news. You will remember those terrible storms we had in Gauteng about three weeks ago. Well, during one such storm, the orphanage flooded and Oba had to evacuate the children to a safer place. The kids spent the night at his aunt’s home. Upon their return they found that, not only was the entire home flooded, but in their absence someone broke in and stole all their belongings. Their computers, clothes, blankets, food, everything was just gone. While the police did their best to find the culprits, Obakeng still has to make do with whatever he has left, which is basically nothing.

Just to prove to you how caring this young man is; after he told me this news, he mentioned that a village close to the orphanage burnt down recently and he would love it if I can help him with some gifts for the children there, just so that they can also enjoy the festive spirit too, despite their misfortune. You will agree with me that Oba really needs support at this time, so if you can help him at all, please do send me a note. (Click here to e-mail me.) I can collect donations in the Pretoria area. In addition to food and clothes for the children, he will need new furniture, computers, books, blankets and other bed linen, cleaning products, toys and educational supplies. At the moment he takes care of children aged 2 to 18. He would be so grateful if you can contribute anything at all.

The Christmas season is often a trying time for us all, so do keep in mind the list of needs below and if you can donate any of the items or wish to contribute financially, please let me know.




·         Baby powder

·         Bath products

·         Baby shampoo

·         Nappies

·         Wet Wipes

·         Teething gel

·         Baby cereal

·         Juices & processed food

·         Milk formula

·         Teething biscuits

·         Fresh vegetables and fruit

·         Clothes

·         Linen

·         Furniture, car seats, etc.

·         Toys


·         Deodorant

·         Roll-on

·         Shampoo

·         Soap

·         Toothpaste

·         Sanitary pads

·         Body lotion

·         Razors

·         Adult nappies

·         Tissues

·         Muscle rub

·         Denture tablets

·        Tinned fruit & vegetables

.         Tinned meat/fish

·         Fresh meat, fruit, veg

·         Dried beans, rice, pasta

·         Maize meal

·         Soy mince

·         Packets/tins of soup

·         Teabags and instant coffee

·         Sugar

·         Powdered milk

·         Bottled water


·         Clothes and shoes

·         Linen

·         Furniture

·         Books to read

·         Magazines

·         Puzzles

·         School supplies

·         Toys


·         Toilet paper

·         Household cleaning products

This is a basic list of needs in all the facilities I support and every month, whatever is received, will be allocated to a facility in need OR one who specifically requested donations during the month.

As donor you will also have the option of choosing a facility that can benefit from your donation.

The places I support include children’s homes, places of safety, homes for the elderly, homes for the disabled, daycare centers, community centers, schools and church groups.

All these facilities are registered NPO’s or NGO’s and can provide tax certificates, should you require one.

Click here to send an email if you have questions OR complete the contact form below.

Remember, it is not WHAT or HOW MUCH, it is the fact that you DARE TO CARE at all.

Should you invest your time and/or money in a smaller NPO or NGO? #NonProfit #Volunteers

We have all, at one point or another, given thought to charity and the organizations we should give to. Should we throw all our weight behind big, busy and wealthy charities? It is certainly simpler. They often have a tried and tested system in place so that you can track your donation; they have larger scope and can reach further, meaning your contribution can have maximum impact. They have skilled employees and you can be secure in the knowledge that your donation will be safe with them, they have a reputation to protect, so no misconduct will be allowed.  If you choose to volunteer, you will receive the best training and you will have a support system in place that can lead you on your way, making your experience as volunteer a memorable and pleasant one.

The question posed here is: if you are happy being involved with these bigger organizations, why should you bother with the little fish? Should you consider supporting the smaller NPO or NGO at all?

Most of us know that third world countries, especially, are rife with non-profits and NGO’s. Poverty in these countries are just the tip of the iceberg; HIV/Aids and other diseases, droughts, famine, war…it all gives purpose to these charitable organizations. Thing is, if you decide to do your share for a smaller NPO, where do you start? Where do you support?

Despite having a smaller infrastructure and far less expertise, many smaller NPO’s and NGO’s may be the better choice. Brad says in his article for Volunteer World: “If you really want to make an impact, it may involve selecting a smaller NGO that is starving for support and not forgetting about them when you return home.” [Brad:2015]

Working with smaller NGO’s and NPO’s a volunteer would be able to utilize ALL his or her skills as your help will be required on all levels of the organization. You will be able to reach out and change lives and YOU WILL BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THE POSITIVE IMPACT of your decisions and your support first-hand. “The bottom line is that a smaller NGO can offer you the best opportunity to make a true impact.” [Brad:2015]

Of course, doing volunteer work for these smaller organizations means more face to face involvement with your charges, the people you’ve decided to help. While many volunteers in foreign countries crave this ‘real life’ experience, many may see it as an easy way to have a nice holiday. In smaller org’s you will be expected to WORK, it is a hands-on experience. Dedication is key and you will have to realize that the people in your care have been through extremely tough times. Your heart must be in the work, despite the fact that you don’t get paid.  “A good volunteer will treat it as an opportunity to help the less fortunate, while also building up some valuable work experience for their resume/CV. The truth is that volunteers come and go and unless they stay long term they really have a minimal impact.”[Brad:2015]

Whatever the length of your stay may be, it is paramount that you continue to support your small NGO/NPO when you return home. Create awareness in your community and make sure that the org knows you did not forget about them. Always remember that a true, dedicated donor or volunteer NEVER wants anything in return and, as Brad puts it: “Don’t ask, what the project can do for you,…”[Brad:2015].

Read Brad’s article here and see how he points out the importance of volunteer involvement in smaller NGO’s and NPO’s.

Click here for your free volunteer guide.

For those interested in volunteering in Uganda, specifically, please click here to visit Macfo Uganda.


BRAD.  2015.  Making an Impact – The Advantages of Supporting Smaller NGO’s.  [Web:] https://blog.volunteerworld.com.  [Date of Access:] November 23, 2016.


Volunteer World.  2015. Making an Impact – The Advantages of Supporting Smaller NGO’s. [Web:] bit.ly/2fQFYHQ.  [Date of Access:] November 23, 2016.