Food – Over the last two and a half years, we’ve given out more than 200,000 meals through our nutrition centers. We have feeding programs that run for TB and HIV/AIDS patients who need food to take their medication, and we are currently the only NGO feeding the poor and homeless in the downtown area over weekends.
Clothing – We distribute used clothing to needy children, women & men during the winter & summer months, and help individuals with appropriate job interview attire.
Shelter – We help families living on the streets into shelters where they can receive proper support & counseling.
UPDATE || There’s approx 10,000 homes damaged many in township communities & 30.000 people affected by storms in CPT. HAF is responding to the needs of those affected and so can you! If you’d like to get involved consider the following options…
1. Bring non-perishable food, blankets, clothes, nappies to church this week. (We’re located beside Ratanga Junction, in Century City.)
2. Come & help make sandwiches & soup at church on Tuesday-Thursday from 6pm (June 4th & 6th). We’ll then be handing them out in townships the day after. (You’re welcome to come too!)
3. Donate financially to relief efforts by giving to Hillsong Africa Foundation. All money will go towards helping people affected by the storms.
Thank you for being the change!!
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Why: To respond to the needs created by natural and civil disasters which leave their victims lost, hungry or hurt.
What: To provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to affected families. This includes food, medical care and basic supplies that are provided to help communities survive the immediate aftermath of the crisis as well as rebuild their lives.
Who: Target groups: Children, youth and adults who fall victim to natural and civil disasters. This ultimately benefits the affected community as a whole, as well as neighbouring communities.
Partners: Disaster relief organizations (i.e. churches, government, Red Cross, Doctors without Boarders etc.) in order to collaborate and coordinate efforts.
Where: This project is currently prepared to respond to emergencies across the Western Cape of South Africa, and is working to coordinate efforts so that disaster response teams will be able to reach areas across Africa, as needed in the future.
Why: To increase the accessibility and availability of mobility options for the physically impaired, in order to restore people’s dignity and re-enter them into the community.
What: Through HAF’s partnership with the Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) that was first established in 2009, HAF facilitates the distribution of free wheelchairs to physically immobile individuals of previously disadvantaged areas of South Africa.
To date, HAF has given mobility to about 610 individuals. Additionally, this project provides entry points into the communities, where HAF will establish trust, and explore other needs and develop potential projects.
Where: The project is currently focused on the geographic area of the Western Cape in South Africa, specifically in previously disadvantaged communities that can be particularly inaccessible for disabled individuals.
In these communities, it is likely that disabled individuals have limited access to the correct equipment they require for their condition.
Who: TARGET GROUPS: Individuals with disabilities and those who have difficulty with mobility as a result of illness or old age, many of whom have been waiting for years to receive a wheelchair.
PARTNERS: Free Wheelchair Mission: The chairs are donated from this organization via shipping containers that are each filled with 550 un-assembled chairs.
Health professionals, lay health workers and social workers: Identification if individuals, and assessment of their suitability to receive a wheelchair.
Volunteer teams: Assembly and distribution of wheelchairs.
Why: To holistically uplift and empower previously disadvantaged communities, using a two-pronged approach of community development and faith-based intervention.
What: The Mitchell’s Plain project is a replicable participatory model that mobilizes communities and creates opportunities for individual empowerment, team building and community growth. This intervention implements weekly programmes in previously disadvantaged areas with a key focus on tapping into existing local resources and initiatives in order to ensure local ownership and long-term sustainability.
Where: The project is focused on the geographic area of the Western Cape in South Africa. The project, which started in August 2011, is currently operational in the community of Mitchell’s Plain.
Who: This project targets children, youth and adults living within areas of Mitchell’s Plain that have been identified as particularly disadvantaged. This disadvantage is evidenced by low levels of literacy, food insecurity, poor health, unemployment, and high levels of substance abuse. Ultimately, this project aims to reach families of the individuals involved in the project, the community of Mitchell’s Plain as a whole, as well as neighbouring communities.
Restoring Justice Program – This program challenges offenders about their past actions and works towards reconciliation in families, marriages, and relationships. We are currently working in Pollsmoor Prison, Paarl Prison, Goodwood Prison, Hawqua Prison and 14 others.
BRICK MAKING PROJECT
Why: To empower woman of urban areas, in response to the overwhelming socioeconomic challenges of growing slum environments that result in vulnerabilities such as lack of infrastructure, and lack of economic opportunities.
What: HAF partners with local communities in the shantytowns of South Africa by providing brick making moulds, teaching them brick making and business skills, and creating a co-operative business environment. The bricks produced through this initiative are approved by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).
Who: TARGET GROUPS: Residents of urban slum areas, who are unemployed, struggling to care for their families and living in informal housing. This will ultimately benefit the families, the community as a whole and neighbouring communities.
PARTNERS: Local community representatives: For acceptance and entry into the community. Local organizations/companies who specialize infrastructure developments (i.e. brick making companies, electrical training, solar energy, etc.)
Local development organizations: (i.e local co-operatives, other NGO’s focusing on local economic development).
Government: In order to ensure that projects align with government plans and initiatives (e.g SABS).
SafetyNet – We support SafetyNet, a home that provides secondary rehabilitation for males transitioning from addiction into society. SafetyNet helps these men rebuild their lives while committing to support groups with others who hold them accountable. They are required to do community service and also learn how to live in a structured work environment.
Why: To provide a safe and conducive educational environment for children with disabilities who live in previously disadvantaged areas and who are susceptible to physical and sexual abuse while travelling to and from school.
What: The project focuses on providing accommodation for students and capacity building of the Tembaletu School for Children with Disabilities.
In order to provide accommodation, the Hillsong Africa Foundation is facilitating the construction of three dormitories that will house a total of 120 children, the first of which is complete and is named ‘Hillsong House’. Additionally, HAF is working with Tembaletu to increase the capacity of the school as a whole by adding classrooms and skilled teachers. In order to ensure long-lasting educational development, HAF will also be facilitating the generation and disbursement of scholarship to selected students.
Awareness campaigns are run along side of this project in order to bring national and international attention to the challenges and needs of the disabled community.
Who: TARGET GROUPS: Children with disabilities, who are attending Tembaletu School and who live in the previously disadvantaged community of Gugulethu.
FINAL BENEFICIARIES: Families of those who are involved in the programme, and the community of disabled children as a whole.
PARTNERS: Social Workers: Identification children and monitoring of their progress.
GOVERNMENT:(National Ministry of woman, Children and People with Disabilities, National Department of Correctional Services, Western Cape Education Department) In partnering for the long-term of management of the dormitories, as defined by this partnership, the government will take over the operational costs in 2014.
SABC: South African Broadcasting Corporation.
Where: This project is located in the shantytown of Gugulethu, located adjacent to the Tembaletu School for Children with Disabilities.
We assist with many orphan care homes & programs to help kids in need find loving, healthy environments.
The Orphan Care Foundation is an NGO we support that contributes to alleviating the plight of children without parents who are abandoned and vulnerable. The foundation runs a weekly Kids Club in Westlake and has been involved in Life Skills Camps for vulnerable children and Social Needs assessments amongst other projects.
We assist many shelters for abused women & children. Our volunteers help with babysitting, support groups, toys, food, clothing, and skills training for these women who are struggling to reclaim their lives.