NOAH (Neighbourhood Old Age Homes) is just one example of an indispensable organisation that is supported by the GAP Fund. Caring for hundreds of social pensioners to help keep them healthy, connected, and contributing to their families and communities, NOAH had to adapt fast during the COVID-19 crisis.They have 11 communal homes for social pensioners in the greater CapeTown area as well as community centres in Woodstock and Khayelitsha that offer a place of belonging and socialising.
It's estimated that in 2018 there were 2.7 million children orphaned in South Africa, most of them living in abject poverty with no care, love or hope for a better future.
This is equivalent to 14% of all children in South Africa - the majority of which are paternal orphans (with living mothers). Dipuo Ngxata is a wife and a mother of two.
The youth in Ocean View, like in a few other places in the world, grow up slightly different than the average young person. Yes, they also love to spend time outside, hang out with their friends, and desire to get an education and have a purpose in life. However, poverty and dangerous living environments make it all the harder.
‘Just for a change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’
Episode 1: Innovative responses to problems
In this first episode of ‘Just for a Change powered by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ host, Kentse Radebe, introduces the work of the centre. What is social systems thinking and how can we engage this way of thinking about the world to bring about systemic change and justice?
"For too long people have been concerned with what we do, as if that can explain who we are. I am a wife, a mother, a storyteller, a light chaser, and a lover of people. My camera is hopefully an extension of who I am," says Karin Schermbrucker.
Mervyn Serebro has been involved with the Reach for a Dream Foundation for 22 years. "It's my soul food," he says. The organisation’s core purpose is fulfilling the dreams of children with life-threatening diseases. Having been around for about 32 years, it now impacts the lives of 30,000 children every year.
Our beloved Tata Madiba said that, "History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children." Perhaps just pause and read that again. 2016 estimates revealed that 250 million (43%) of children in low- and middle-income countries are unable to realise their full development potential.
There are millions of slaves in the world today - more than ever before in human history. Only 1% are ever rescued. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, generating more than $150bn (R2,814,322,500,000) every year, according to anti-human trafficking organisation A21.
An uncomfortable five-hour journey from East London took us into the sticks of the Eastern Cape, one of South Africa's most neglected provinces. We finally arrived at Zithulele Hospital where I met Asanda Jonga, Grace Vision's much-loved ophthalmic assistant. Her unfeigned smile was all I needed to convince me that the journey was worthwhile.
Rural Reach, which operates in Lepelsfontein in the Northern Cape, was established by Migail and Morgan de Klerk. Hailing from Somerset West, they have always had a heart for people in rural areas in South Africa.
Mrs. Magida Nozolile (94) arrived at Zithulele Hospital, holding onto her granddaughter’s arm. Her sight had been deteriorating over time to such an extent that she could only see some hand gestures if it were close to her face. She never knew that a simple diagnosis and cataract surgery would change her life.
The Natal Midlands, in my mind, goes hand-in-hand with the (perhaps clichéd) term, “green rolling hills”. Almost like Tuscany, you know? But as we turn off the highway, all I can see as our multi-coloured Ford EcoSport convoy plays “follow the leader” is quite the opposite. That is if brown and green are opposites. But just because winter here is brown and bare doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful.