@DignityDreams has a new leader #SouthAfrica #MenstrualHealthMatters

Dignity Dreams recently announced that Sharon Gordon will be taking over the reigns after the shocking death of Sandra Millar. She will continue Sandra’s work and, together with the team,  their efforts will honor their late captain by striving to raise awareness about the sensitive subject of menstruation.

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You can contribute to Dignity Dreams via EFT and help them to bring reusable sanitary pads to girls all over South Africa. Have a look at their new banking details below:

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If you have questions, please visit www.dignitydreams.com.

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#SouthAfrica’s first #hemphouse serves the community #Khayelitsha via @BigIssuesA

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Image via The Big Issue

South Africa’s first township hemp house is cool in summer, warm in winter and emits the fragrance of grass and nature.

Read how Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen’s new building is making a difference in the community of Khayelitsha. Click here.

SOURCE:

THE BIG ISSUE.  2017.  The hemp house with heart. [Web:] bit.ly/2tkkSG8 [Date of Access:] 19 June 2017.

CALLING #knitwits for @67Blankets #SSS #Charity #SouthAfrica

 

ATTENTION ALL #KNITWITS AND #WOOLIGANS!!!

The #SSS (Secret Scarf Shhh….Mission) is drawing closer.  Have you started crocheting or knitting your contribution to this cause yet?

Our annual #SSS will take place on 13 July 2017 at 15:00 (3pm). 67 Blankets ambassadors from all over South Africa will summon their volunteers and gather their donated scarves. They will select an area or areas in their towns or cities where people are especially destitute. On 13 July at 3pm, they will gather at a specific point in that area to distribute their collection of scarves among the people as they come home from work.

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Image via showme.co.za [Scarve drive in East London – July 2017]

You must keep your eyes peeled, for the country will suddenly be painted all colours of the rainbow. Poles and fences will sprout bright woollen scarves and trees will bear scarf-fruit. Attached to each one will be a personal message from @67Blankets in the language of the area.

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To make all this happen, we will obviously need more scarves. You can therefore be of enormous help if you get involved. Whether you donate one scarf or 20, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that your scarf will be a gift to someone who desperately needs to keep warm. Your scarf will show a person that there are actually still people in the world who care about their fellow human beings.

Cannot knit or crochet? No problem. You can donate towards the cause (funds or wool) or you can sponsor a friend or family member who can knit or crochet by purchasing their wool.

Just to encourage you more, I am sharing another scarf pattern today. It may not be such a warm scarf, but when made with thicker wool, perhaps it will do the job.

I give you: The Island Lace Crochet Scarf. Find the pattern here: bit.ly/2t4Olnt

REMEMBER: Get in touch or just comment on this post if  you wish to donate or become more involved with the project. Or simply complete the contact form at the bottom of this post.

To find your local ambassador please visit: www.67blankets.com

 

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The IHF Pulse is out!! Edition for Friday, March 25, 2016

In this edition:  Articles by @nonprofitsdaily @nonprofitnews24 and more

THE IHF PULSE

The official weekly newspaper of the Ilze Halliday Foundation

Published by:

Sharon Halliday Hattingh

CLICK HERE TO READ THE PAPER

 Business World Art & Entertainment Science Leisure Environment #worldwaterday #zikavirus

 

How to Start Your Own Nonprofit  (Shared by Non-profits Daily) www­.huffingtonpost­.com – Nonprofit organizations often come from the heart. They can begin with a goal of addressing a social or community issue or need. Making money may not be on the priority list. But you can still set …

 

 

How the Chicago Charity Challenge Reinvents Corporate Giving (Shared by NonProfitNews24) www­.triplepundit­.com – People want to work for and do business with companies that give to charities, whether in volunteer hours or financial contributions. As a result, corporations are increasingly seeking ways to show…

 

 

 

Denbighshire charity bosses deny pocketing donations meant for homeless veterans – Daily Post (Shared by NonProfitNews24) www­.dailypost­.co­.uk – The bosses of a charity raising money for homeless ex-soldiers have denied pocketing public donations after being arrested as part of a police investigation. Three members of staff of Rhyl-based So…

 

 

 

Nonprofit showcase: Opera Fairbanks (Shared by NonProfitNews24) www­.newsminer­.com – Mission statement: We provide performance, educational and promotional opportunities to Alaskans through the operatic arts. What services or activities do you provide? This is our 10th year of prod..

 

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Touch One Life Today and Change The Future

Charity work can be daunting, especially if one tends to get emotionally involved with those you are trying to help. Unfortunately, being emotional is part of doing the job; you cannot give comfort or offer a kind word to someone without emotion being involved.

What often gets to me is the fact that there are SO MANY people in need and the facts and figures one is bombarded with on the internet only serves to emphasize the problem. The thing is, despite our efforts to make the world a better place, there will always be those in need. We may be able to bring down the global statistics, but somewhere, someone is going to be disregarded. I don’t mean to sound negative, it is just the reality of the situation. But that is why we should all take hands and work TOGETHER, those of us who can, should give a voice to those who have none.

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That has been the whole reason behind my work – giving voice, standing up and fighting for those who cannot. I’ve committed myself to supporting more than 30 facilities (day care centers, schools, orphanages, places of safety, community centers, etc) in and around my hometown (Pretoria, South Africa), a venture I started a few years back. Among the 30+ facilities I support there are about 15 orphanages and places of safety, this amounts to approximately 2.000 children, which is not that many when using global statistics as you point of reference, however,  that doesn’t make them less important. We are, in fact, talking about 2.000 children; ones that we have the power to help. I remember how overwhelmed I was when I visited them the first time. It was as if I’ve been blind my whole life and suddenly I was confronted by the harsh reality – people still living without electricity and water, babies left abandoned in the fields, children wandering around on a school day dressed in rags…..I couldn’t believe my eyes and yet, this was happening and it was happening here, in MY country, MY town, basically in my neighbourhood.  And to think that it was only the tip of the iceberg. The poverty was bad, but what haunted me (and still do) are the individual stories told by the caregivers at these places.  Some so horrific and unbelievable, it made me wonder how one human being can do this to another. Don’t we value life at all anymore? Or did poverty force these people to make such terrible decisions?

I know none of these stories are unique; I know it happens every day in the world – children, tiny newborns, are abandoned by parents, toddlers (and even teens) are dumped on the orphanage doorstep, sometimes without reason, most without references or names – the parents just disappear. Many of these little ones are not so lucky to be “picked up” by the nice orphanage lady, some end up elsewhere to be used as labourers or sex workers when they come of age. Others are left in the open field or in trash cans; some are flushed down the toilet. Other children are left in the care of the state, because their parents are dead or dying of HIV/Aids or some other disease or are killed in confrontation with someone else, some parents are simply not able to take care of the children – they are drug addicts or alcoholics or financially unable to provide for their families…some children are removed from their parents by force, because of abuse. Whatever the reason, every time I visit one of these places, there are more children. Children that need to be fed, clothed, educated and, above all else, loved.  I’ve been pondering this issue….

It bothers me that, in this day and age, when everyone claims to know everything; we claim to be so ‘’enlightened’’ but still we keep on producing children and then, promptly, abandon them to their own devices. It would seem that our generation is made up mostly of a bunch of irresponsible, unemotional, downright cold-hearted, egomaniacs….and I’m sorry if I sound offensive, but I have to speak my mind about this issue. We love to have the fun, but we avoid the responsibility and then also manage to avoid guilt, by passing on our little ‘problem’ to someone else so that we can continue to “enjoy life”. I can understand that some parents have good reason to give a child up, but then you do it legally and make sure that he or she are sent to a loving home – there are organizations that can deal with this in a professional, ethical and confidential manner. You don’t have to wrap baby in a towel and drop him on the steps in front of an orphanage or police station…..seek help, it is available.

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Despite my anger at the unfairness of it all, of bringing an innocent life into the world and then just throwing it away, I am not in a position to judge even those who need judgment. People do what they do, they make their choices and have their reasons. So despite my blowing off steam about this, I cannot change the way of the world and I cannot point fingers, but what I can do is to try to make a difference.  The fact is that these children are in desperate need of help, of love and care and if someone doesn’t come forward to do something to change their lives, they will most definitely make the same mistakes that their parents did and that, people, will not do us any good at all. Children ARE the future, if we build them up, show them the way, we will be able to HAVE a future in this world.

I have made my choice, I’ve chosen to spend my life supporting these people, no matter what. Now,  I don’t do much….I source donations, try to fulfil urgent needs, visit them and offer some comfort,  spread the word about their plight on social media….it’s something, but, I’m afraid, it is not a lot, definitely not enough. Sometimes I feel that what I do doesn’t begin to help anyone at all and yes, sometimes I consider stopping the work altogether….but I press on. Why? Well, let me explain…

I may not be doing enough, but at least I’m doing something and the little bit I do has never been thrown in my face, it has been received gratefully. I know many donors feel that their contribution is too small, too insignificant, that your tiny contribution doesn’t really make a difference…it does, believe me. Let me tell you a story: a few years back I visited a community center in Mabopane, about 30km north of Pretoria CBD. We were having a Christmas party on behalf of a project I’m still involved with today. Many of the children at the center received their allocated gifts (we got a list of their names beforehand and gifts were neatly packed, wrapped and labelled by generous donors), however the entire community (to take a wild guess, it must have been 700 people) arrived at the party, drawn by the music and the celebratory tent. Fortunately I’ve learned through experience that, when visiting a facility, one needs to be prepared for eventualities, so I filled my car with soft toys that I bought at a bargain shop in town. The children who didn’t get the pretty, bright gifts each received a soft toy….ONE SOFT TOY….they were overjoyed! They felt important, despite the fact that they didn’t  get the BIG GIFT with all the trimmings; they felt that someone, somewhere did indeed care for them.

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This is something that I’ve seen many times, especially with the children….the innocent ones. They are happy with whatever they get, as long as they can see it is given with love. Sometimes they don’t even have to receive anything, they will be happy just for some attention.

I’ve learned another thing that day, watching these little ones run around with their new teddy bears, fluffy bunnies and stuffed ducks; it made an impression on them, one that may last a lifetime. Think of it this way, every time you touch someone’s life, you change that person’s path, the way he thinks about things.  Don’t ever consider your words to others to be unimportant ; that it would go unnoticed and will be forgotten soon. That would be a huge mistake, because everything you do and say to people is most definitely noticed and your actions and words have the power that can influence decisions made in future. So when you do something for or say something to one of these youngsters, you pass along wisdom that has the power to change a generation.  Another story I’ve heard, one that really stuck with me, is about a young man who is currently running two children’s centers. Orphaned at a young age, he grew up in a home for abandoned children. He told me that, when he was a child, a lady came to this orphanage and he remembered that he was SO impressed, because she told the children they can become anything they want, despite their circumstances. Eventually he found a way to finish school. He worked his way through university and eventually received  a degree in communication. Then he decided to take the necessary courses to fulfil his dream of helping other children grow up in a safe, secure environment where they are allowed to dream AND fulfil their dreams. Today that young man goes out of his way to share that specific message, which he received nearly 30 years ago from a complete stranger, to the children in his care.  I’m sure you have a memory of something someone said or did in your youth, something so spectacular that it stuck with you until today.

When I ask for donations to help the needy, I’m asking that you take a chance and be that person who change a life and a way of thinking forever. Remember, poverty has many faces and often being hungry and cold is only the beginning. The children that I see every day crave a different gift too….they crave love, attention, a kind word…someone to show them they are important enough and good enough to deserve being alive.

Therefore, don’t ever think that your meagre contribution will be rejected or criticized; whatever you decide to share will be accepted with joy and remembered forever. Touching a life today can change a future or even, THE future…you don’t know what that child can become, who he will be in a few years’ time….and YOU would have had something to do with the person he becomes. Let the children of the world be OUR children, not THEIR children; it is our world, our people, OUR RESPONSIBILITY….and our choice.

Galatians 6:9: “So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest.”…..let us not grow tired then, let us work the field, let us share the joy we’ve received so abundantly.

Get in touch, sponsor a child or facility, donate much-needed items, volunteer your time, whatever you do, GET INVOLVED, make a difference and say YES for CHANGE.

So, are you ready to change a life? Don’t postpone it, there may not be a tomorrow; start today – reach out, care, give, share the love….you have the power to make a difference.

#Dedicated to Annah, Onicca, Elizabeth, Andronicca, Norah, Emily, Dedre, Busisiwe, and all the gentlemen and ladies that takes care of the children so selflessly.  May God bless you.

If you are interested in contributing or becoming involved in my cause, please complete the contact form below and I’ll be in touch.

How to Pledge a Santa Shoebox and Share A Smile this Christmas

Via @santashoebox on Facebook

Image via Santa Shoebox Project on Facebook

The target = 100 000 boxes; this equals 100 000 smiles and shouts of joy from as many children in South Africa.

Come on people, YOU’VE DONE IT BEFORE….LET’S DO IT AGAIN!!

At the moment, according to the SSB website 48% of the boxes have been pledged. Month end is coming, so when you do your shopping, just buy an extra something to support this cause and ensure the other 52% of the children don’t go empty-handed. Pledge NOW. Click here.

HOW TO PLEDGE A SANTA SHOEBOX & SHARE SOME JOY THIS CHRISTMAS!!

  1. Visit the website at www.santashoebox.org.za
  2. Click on the “Click here to Start Pledging button”
  3. Register as a Supporter
  4. Remember to select a drop off point that you can get to on the drop off date (double check your date here: http://www.santashoebox.co.za/find-my-local-dropoff/)
  5. Select the name and age of a child you’d like to pledge a box for.

I’VE PLEDGED A BOX. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

All the information you need is on the SSB website and would be available to you as soon as you’ve pledged your child. But here are some tips anyway.

  1. Find a suitable shoebox and cover it (lid and box separate, please) with wrapping paper.
  2. You will receive your Santa Shoebox label with the child’s name and code via e-mail. Print it, cut it out and paste it on the box.
  3. Now you can fill the box with age-appropriate goodies for your selected child (see list of compulsory items below)
  4. Close the lid properly with the help of an elastic band or two.
  5. Keep the box safe until drop-off day in your area and then take it to the appointed venue.
  6. Your child will receive his/her box within a month at a celebration held by Santa Shoebox volunteers at his/her daycare/school/orphanage.

WHAT MUST BE IN THE BOX?

  • Soap and facecloth
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Educational supplies (pens, pencils, coloring books, etc)
  • Something sweet (toffees, gums, marshmallows – not chocolate)
  • Toys
  • Clothing
  • For a detailed brochure, click here.

For any information, please do not hesitate to contact your local SSB-coordinator.

You can click on the image below to visit Santa Shoebox’s ”Handy Downloads App’ on Facebook.

Click on the image to visit SSB’s ”Handy Downloads App” on Facebook.

Take Action – Prioritize Women And Children’s Health in South Africa

Via @SaveChildrenSA

“For the first time in history, we have the opportunity to see a world where every pregnancy is healthy and wanted, where every birth is safe, where every child can survive beyond their 5th birthday, and where all women, children and adolescents are empowered to thrive and realize their full potential.

Great progress has already been achieved. In the past 15 years, maternal mortality reduced by 47% and child mortality declined by 49%. However, we still have a lot of work to do.” [via SaveTheChildrenSA]

You can take action NOW:

Call on the President of South Africa to prioritize the health and wellbeing of women, children and young people

Want more information? Please read the original article here.

Support Save The Children South Africa. Click here.