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Domestic violence is the second biggest pandemic that women in South Africa face after poverty. Although the statistics are debatable, it is still a reality that one out of four women in South Africa experiences domestic violence and abuse every day. Girls are vulnerable, and young girls and babies have become victims of rape. The majority of victims are women and girls living in abject poverty with limited resources, skills, support and access to funding, which would enable them to get out of their dire circumstances.

Philippi Trust South Africa, established in 1999, is a registered trust and Section 18A organisation, and a fully accredited training service provider with the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority of South Africa. The organisation offers both counselling and training by trained personnel subscribing to a code of ethics and practice, under professional supervision.

ELRU was established in 1978 and is a non-profit development and research organisation whose mission is to be a respected advocate and capacity-building partner in ensuring the right to development for all young children, especially the vulnerable. ELRU is a national organisation working across all provinces in underresourced urban and rural areas to increase access to and improve quality in Early Childhood Development (ECD) services and programming.

LifeXchange is an organisation that focuses on the sustainable transformation of youth at risk through a ‘holistic life-mentoring process’. The organisation uses extreme sports and adventure activities to make initial connection with troubled youth and from there they facilitate the development of one-on-one mentorship/discipleship relationships. These extreme sports and adventure activities serve as an opportunity for shared learning experiences between the mentor and mentee.

Scat is a veteran independent fundraising and grant-making development agency based in Cape Town. Established in 1984, Scat aims to channel funds to rural communities with limited access to resources and experience of marginalisation of their human rights. The organisation focuses on human rights, gender equity, HIV, AIDS and local economic development. Scat also works via its rural partner organisations, which Scat refers to as Local Development Agencies (LDAs).

The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non-profit organisation that offers programmes to develop and empower youth (five to 18 years of age) living in challenging and vulnerable communities in the Western Cape. The programmes provided include educational and cultural activities that offer learners healthy alternatives to all the negative influences within their society, unlock their creative talent and create future emotionally well-rounded individuals, leaders and entrepreneurs for South Africa.

Biblionef South Africa makes books available for children (ages three to 18) in all official languages, for reading pleasure and for education. In this way it lays the foundation for children to make good decisions through critical thinking, and to live balanced and productive lives. The organisation’s vision is to create lifelong readers who are good citizens and who can read and think for themselves, resulting in a society where everyone is literate, has access to education and finds reading both a great pleasure and a necessity.

The WCCF gives grants to local good causes that make a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable sectors of the community. The Foundation has developed the appropriate expertise that also enables it to be a partner to individuals and organisations that are able to commit resources to community development and charitable causes on the West Coast in a way that guarantees results.

Women’sNet is a feminist organisation that works to advance gender equality and justice in South Africa through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The organisation provides training and facilitates content dissemination and creation that helps women, girls and women’s and gender organisations and networks to take control of their own content and ICT use. he Women’sNet website is a hub of information by women about women and gender, and focuses on South African and African content. The organisation helps women to find the people, issues, resources and tools they need for social activism.

Girls’Net, together with the Department of Communications, has been busy advancing its social and multimedia programme, culminating in its new and revamped site. The Girls’Net Mobisite project aims to provide a space for learning, sharing and networking for advocacy for girls. Although the content is primarily produced or developed by the girls, it is sourced where needed. This platform gives the girls the opportunity to feed content onto the website with the citizen- journalism skills they have learnt. It’s an ideal opportunity for them to document issues they are concerned about in their community.

In line with its philosophy for its community-interaction initiatives to be stronger, continuous and more creative, the Africa Centre has developed a fresh approach to HIV/AIDS and primary health care-related education and prevention programmes against domestic violence as well as drug and alcohol abuse.

GRS uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire and mobilise communities to stop the spread of HIV. Soccer is an integral part of local cultures across the world. It is something so positive that it brings smiles to children’s faces even in the worst of circumstances. GRS realised that the true power of soccer has always been the connections it creates between people. Using footballers as role models, and using the popularity of soccer to engage hard-to-reach young people, GRS has combined social theory, public-health methodologies, rigorous evaluation and a huge dose of passion.

By taking a holistic approach to arts development that is inclusive of all sectors of the community, the RAD Foundation’s goal is to build bridges within communities using performing and visual arts as a vehicle to inspire, engage and educate youth who want to grow their own futures and become employed within this diverse industry. This vision recognises the inherent creative flame that burns within every individual, including those in the direst of circumstances.

Amazing Maize

One of Amazing Maize’s projects is called Bread Basket. There are currently gardens in Oude Molen, McGregor, Khayelitsha, Darling Focus, Hopefield, All Saints, Malmesbury and Stellenbosch. These gardens teach composting techniques to members of the community. Amazing Maize establishes satellite gardens and work with local municipal authorities to set up gardens.

The Dreamcatchers

The Dream Catcher Festival provides festivalgoers with a multidisciplinary experience where they are able to experience and appreciate different styles of music by local and international artists. It’s an annual eclectic musical festival that showcases South African musicians and attracts a diverse audience of 10 000 music lovers and their families, and encourages the development of South African musicians, at all levels, through skills transfer and collaborations with international musicians before and during the festival.


Grant.net is a provincial forum of grantmakers and corporate social investment practitioners in the Western Cape. Included in the membership are grantmaking practitioners from independent funds and international foundations that work in the Western Cape. The mission of Grant.net is to support, advance, promote and enhance the profession of grantmaking. This forum hopes to influence social-development policy and legislation. It promotes partnership with government, companies and independent funds.

LifeLine/Childline Western Cape’s vision is to be a leading provider of opportunities and skills for the healing and transformation of individuals and communities by: actively developing networks and partnerships with other NGOs, businesses, government and the community at large; promoting emotional intelligence and wellbeing through personal-skills development; and providing accessible and confidential 24-hour counselling services.

MedicAlert® is a trusted third-party custodian of comprehensive personal health information. It provides a complete life-saving system built around a repository of health information that enables members to manage their personal health records while maintaining security, privacy and confidentiality. The MedicAlert® repository can connect to and provide critical medical information between patients, providers and first responders 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world.

PLWC is an umbrella organisation that brings together various projects and people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of people living with cancer in South Africa.

Cancer Buddies is the peer-to-peer support project of People Living With Cancer (PLWC). It was established in 2002 by Carl Liebenberg and Linda Greeff, both of whom are cancer survivors. This volunteer support project is aligned with international protocols, and is now one of the most established volunteer psychosocial projects in the country. The buddy support network allows cancer patients to interact with and receive advice and support from cancer survivors who have a similar profile, disease and treatment protocol.

Ride for Skin Cancer

Ride 4 Skin Cancer falls under the banner of People Living With Cancer (PLWC), the national organisation that builds innovative partnerships to collaborate on advocacy, awareness, education, screening, prevention, patient support and survivorship. The goal of Ride 4 Skin Cancer is to energise and inspire people to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. Riders or supporters contribute to raising awareness and helping support the work of Cancer Buddies.

Can-Sir strives to contribute to the wellbeing of cancer sufferers and their families, and focuses particularly on the rural, impoverished, less fortunate and previously disadvantaged communities. However, it isn’t limited to those communities, as it strongly believes that cancer is an ever-increasing problem in all communities. The organisation will cross the cultural line and educate and supply information to those who do not have any information on their particular cancer.

Cancer.vive: Cancer survivors celebrating life through projects of awareness, education and fundraising. This is a group of cancer survivors who celebrate the life they have been given by showing people that there can be life after cancer. They do this through creating awareness for all types of cancers, and by raising funds for cancer education and the facilitation of cancer support groups in South Africa.

The Southern Africa Community Grantmakers Leadership Forum (SACGLF), founded in 2010 by the members of SACGLC, a project started in 2005 by Synergos, brings together leaders of community grantmaker organisations in a knowledge-sharing and peer-learning partnership to strengthen social-justice philanthropy in Southern Africa. The Forum aims to enhance the growth and sustainability of the independent development-funding sector in the region by developing the knowledge and capacity of leadership personnel, with a special focus on sustainability and governance issues.

Help the Rural Child Trust was established in 2006 and is a registered charitable trust and non-profit organisation. It operates six charity shops in the greater Cape Town area, which are entirely dependent on donations received. The proceeds of the HTRC charity shops go towards supporting rural youth centres. The organisation operates two bookshops offering a wide range of second-hand books: fiction, nonfiction, children’s, educational, specialist and collectables.

The Cape Town Heritage Trust is an independent private-sector, non-profit organisation concerned with the conservation and enhancement of the man-made and natural environment and hence with the socioeconomic advancement of the city and its people. The mission of the Cape Town Heritage Trust is to conserve the architectural, cultural and natural heritage of Cape Town and its environs for the benefit of the inhabitants of the city and of the nation at large.

Nestled in the pristine and tranquil Silvermine Valley close to Fish Hoek in Cape Town lies Clovelly Country Club. With one of the finest golf courses in South Africa, Clovelly offers its members and visitors a memorable experience. Clovelly Country Club – like fine Cape wines – improves steadily with age, and its vintage and quality are well established throughout South Africa, and indeed, beyond our shores. This reputation is founded on the warmth of the Club’s “family” character, its outstanding facilities and steps it has taken, such as opening the Club to all, irrespective of race, creed or gender, to ensure that it truly reflects the high ideal of its motto: “Fraternitas Ludorum” (brotherhood in sport).

Badisa is a church-based social-services organisation that provides services in the Western, Northern and Eastern Cape, focused on the care, social development and treatment of indigent and vulnerable people, irrespective of their age, race, sexuality or religion. Badisa helps congregations in their ministry for poverty and care, through the development and strengthening of the congregational diaconate. The organisation also develops social-services programmes and community development programmes in communities. These services include community-development work, social work and/or residential-care programmes.

Bright Start is an Education Support Programme dedicated to the empowerment of children from low-income, historically disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape, in order for them to have a brighter future. The organisation provides access to holistic, quality education, cultural-enrichment activities and events, as well as ongoing mentorship and guidance throughout their children’s school careers. In addition, the organisation provides capacity-building workshops for the parents.

iKhaya le themba, Home of Hope, is a non-profit organisation that offers holistic after-school care programmes to primary schoolchildren of the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay, Cape Town. This service includes home visiting, advocacy and referral for their family carers. The organisation works to ensure that family units remain strong under the strain of illness and poverty, and supports communities in caring for their orphaned and vulnerable children.

Before 1999, West Coast College consisted of several small satellites, which were then merged and officially declared an FET College in 2003. West Coast College was the last FET College to be formed in the Western Cape. Unlike other colleges that were formed around the hub of an existing technical college, its systems had to be established from scratch and today the college consists of five campuses. The college has continued to expand its courses and total student numbers grew to 8 450 in 2013.

YoungPeople@Work (YP@W), registered as a non-profit company, is a new-generation organisation for young people by young people, under the umbrella of Frank Julie & Associates. The organisation’s vision is about young people engaged in productive work to enhance economic, social, cultural and spiritual development. YP@W regards working on yourself as the most productive work! In YP@W youth are not just recipients of predesigned programmes, but active participants in the design themselves. The organisation regards youth as assets, not liabilities. YP@W believes that young people have inherent talents, strengths and positive energy that must be harnessed to facilitate their holistic development to their fullest potential. The organisation believes that young people can be leaders today and not just tomorrow!

Good Hope Studies is a privately owned English language school in Cape Town. Good Hope Studies offers personal attention, first-class tuition and up-market school facilities in the best locations. Most importantly, however, the schools offer a relaxed yet professional atmosphere where studying is fun. Choose between the English language school in the up-market residential area of Newlands and the English language school in the City Centre of Cape Town.

Epilepsy South Africa Western Cape renders developmental services to people with epilepsy and other disabilities. Its two primary pillars of intervention consist of social and economic development. Its social-development programmes include counselling, support groups, youth development, public education and awareness, epilepsy-management training at primary, secondary and tertiary hospitals for people with epilepsy as well as health professionals, training with civil-society organisations, education and corporate sectors. It further offers disability-sensitisation programmes to the corporate and other sectors, and disability and human-rights programmes in mainstream and special-needs schools.

TAC advocates for increased access to treatment, care and support services for people living with HIV, and campaigns to reduce new HIV infections. With more than 16 000 members, 267 branches and 72 full-time staff members, TAC has become the leading civil-society force behind comprehensive health-care services for people living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa.

CD Tours & Travel

CD Tours & Travel is a registered business that offers affordable transport services, specialising in development tourism. Based in Sea Point, CD Tours & Travel offers services throughout the Western Cape. Their services include tours, travel and airport transfers. In fact, any transport (big or small), with special rates for non-profit organisations, can be arranged by CD Tours & Travel.

Living Hope is a non-profit organisation that seeks to impact South Africa’s Southern Cape Peninsula with a holistic approach that works to support both those affected and infected by HIV and AIDS, and other chronic diseases, as well as several other contributing factors.

The Grail Centre Trust, based in Kleinmond, Western Cape, is a non-profit organisation that delivers two programmes, namely the Training for Transformation and the Mthimkhulu Community Development programmes. In addition, The Grail Centre conference and retreat centre can accommodate groups of up to 40 people.

Mhani Gingi is a non-governmental organisation providing innovative business solutions that are sustainable and profitable, and that contribute towards alleviating poverty in South Africa. Mhani Gingi, when translated into English from Shangaan, stands for a caring and industrious woman who is always looking for lasting solutions to social problems. The organisation operates in the Western Cape and the Northern Cape, focusing on marginalised women and youth.

Go-Prosper is an educational NGO that encourages children to overcome obstacles and to grow and flourish for the benefit of all. We offer remedial classes for less privileged learners focusing on numeracy and literacy. Speech and Occupational Therapy programmes are there for the development of a specific child and bridging gaps by taking action where it is sorely needed. Go-Prosper uses an interactive cloud-based program to give sponsors real-time updates on the specific children they are sponsoring. They will become part of the family.

WeCan24 is a digital news network powered by Media24. We provide training to aspiring your journalists with a keen interest in the media industry and give them the tools to set up their own online school news network. This is a Media24 flagship educational project and it aims to create a culture of citizen journalism amongst young South Africans and inspire a generation of young people with integrity, people who are innovative and informed.

Sisonke is based in Alice, Eastern Cape. Established in 2014 Sisonke's objective is to develop programmes and activities that challenges stigma exclusion of sexual identities in communities. It also affiliates acceptance and inclusion as representing LGBTI in broader community organisation and movements that addresses socio economic inequalities. We promote HIV/AIDS prevention and aim to make sure that the community knows and understands human rights as well as gender based violence.

Centre of Hope and Giving is an NPO that caters for the less fortunate. We run a crèche 6.30am to 5.30pm Mondays to Fridays. Most of the children come from poverty stricken families. They are fed, educated and clothed by Centre of Hope and Giving. Ages of children are 18 months to 6 years. Centre of Hope and Giving also have a feeding scheme which feeds the poor daily. They assist youth with school needs like stationery, school shoes and uniforms.

The project, based in Bredasdorp, is in the form of a service that is implemented to support practical learning at rural and farm schools. Most of the schools do not have sufficient laboratory equipment for practical examinations. It is imperative for the development of interest in life science, agriculture and environmental learning. The practical lessons are inline with the National Curriculum Statement and supplements the formal learning. Children attending farm schools are mostly in multi grade classes. Time restraint on teachers prevent adequate time for practical experimentation.

Surfpop invests in children and youth from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town through a tailored youth development programme consisting of surfing skills, facilitated education, nutritious meals, environmental awareness, life skills workshops and apprenticeships. It is Surfpop’s vision to promote psychosocial wellbeing, spark entrepreneurship and create and facilitate sustainable employment. Surfpop aims to be financially sustainable by generating revenues through a growing international volunteer and tourism programme. This programme, coupled with Surfpop’s affiliations with local brands and businesses, provides apprenticeship, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for beneficiaries.

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