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July 15, 2011

Mandela Day 2011: Cape Town charities to donate to

Monday July 18 is Mandela Day, our beloved Nelson Mandela’s birthday, which has also been earmarked to encourage citizens to help change South Africa, and the world, for the better through positive action. Mr Mandela asks that we each give of our time or our money to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Here are some suggestions for charities you can donate to on Mandela Day.


Amy Biehl Foundation Trust

The Amy Biehl Foundation has a wing based in Cape Town. Its after-school programmes aim to empower youth in the townships and contribute to community-building efforts and the prevention of crime.
Tel:+27 (0)21 462 5052
Website: www.amybiehl.co.za

Cape Town Child Welfare Society

The Cape Town Child Welfare Society aims to create a safe environment for all children by enhancing the capacity of families and communities to protect, develop and empower children.
Tel: +27 (0)21 638 3127
Website: www.helpkids.org.za

Domestic Animal Rescue Group (Darg)

Darg rescues, cares for and finds new homes for abused and abandoned domestic animals.
Tel: +27 (0)21 790 0383
Website: www.darg.org.za

Ikamva Labantu

Ikamva Labantu is an umbrella body with a network of over 1 000 projects, which works with and assists various sectors of the population, and facilitates positive social change.
Tel: + 27 (0)21 461 8338
Website: www.ikamva.com

Learn to Earn

Learn to Earn seeks to empower unemployed people, teaching them skills that will enable them to provide for themselves and their families.
Tel: +27 (0)21 361 5972
Website: www.learntoearn.org.za

Nazareth House

Nazareth House takes care of disadvantaged, vulnerable people who do not have anyone to provide for them. These people fall into three main categories: the frail, the terminally ill, and children.
Tel:+27 (0)21 461 1635
Website: www.nazhouse.org.za

Peninsula School Feeding Association

The Peninsula School Feeding Association aims to combat the hunger of schoolchildren through school feeding and development initiatives.
Tel: +27 (0)21 447 6020
Website: www.psfa.org.za

Reach for a Dream

The Reach for a Dream foundation works toward making the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses more bearable through the fulfilment of their biggest dreams.
Tel: +27 (0)21 555 3013
Website: www.reachforadream.org.za

Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust

This trust is the fundraising arm of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. This division works at raising funds for lifesaving equipment, the building and upgrading of vital buildings at the hospital, and the development of the professional staff.
Tel: +27 (0)21 686 7860
Website: www.childrenshospitaltrust.org.za

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is renowned worldwide for its care and support work for the homeless, aged, children and the abused.
Tel: +27 (0)21 761 8530
Website: www.salvationarmy.org.za

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

A seabird rehabilitation centre that aims to conserve and protect South Africa’s seabird species.
Tel: +27 (0)21 557 6155
Website: www.sanccob.co.za

School’s Environmental Education and Development (Seed)

Seed offers a range of programmes relating to permaculture, from environmental education and “green” entrepreneurship to growing outdoor classrooms in under-resourced schools.
Tel: +27 (0)21 391 5316
Website: www.seed.org.za

Soil for Life

Soil for Life teaches people in previously disadvantaged areas how to improve and build up the soil to grow healthy vegetables.
Tel: +27 (0)21 794 4982
Website: www.soilforlife.co.za

The Haven Nightshelter Welfare Organisation

This is an NGO that provides temporary shelter, physical care, social welfare and family re-unification services to homeless adults.
Tel: +27 (0)21 425 4700
Website: www.haven.org.za

Give Responsibly

If you don’t have time to volunteer but would like to share, you are urged to do so responsibly as Cape Town’s street people are often caught in a trap of substance dependency, unemployment and poverty. The City of Cape Town’s programme to “give responsibly” discourages residents and visitors from giving handouts, which only aids in sustaining their life on the streets. Instead, the campaign urges people to donate to the NGOs working on reintegrating street people into society and possibly back to their families.
Tel: 0800 87 2201
Website: www.capetown.gov.za

For more information on Cape Town volunteer programmes or volunteer coordination, please contact Cape Town Tourism on +27 (0)21 487 6800 or email info@capetown.travel.

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