Education projects include providing a safe place to live for the disabled children at Tembaletu school and providing extended classroom support to the overcrowded township Masiphumelele school. Community based projects are aimed at providing a holistic solution for African communities and include Nutrition centres, health and awareness assistance, career development, homeless reintegration, widow and orphan care, wheelchair project, prison outreach etc.
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To help create a safe and conducive educational environment for the children of the Tembaletu LSEN school and the surrounding community.
Tembaletu is a school for physically disabled children and is located in the township of Gugulethu. Many children of Tembaletu wake as early as 4am to begin their long journey to the school. These children are susceptible to abuse, while also facing exhaustion from their long day. Additionally, each child faces challenges in their school attendance as they are highly susceptible to disease and injury, which can keep them away from school for months at a time and preventing them from completing their education.
In 2011, Hillsong House was constructed as a dormitory that provides a secure homely environment for 32 of the most high risk children. The home provides a safe haven for each of these children to learn and grow. In 2012 100% of the children who resided at Hillsong House received passing scores in their exams.
In 2012, we also assisted Tembaletu School with the upgrading of their medical facilities and playgrounds.
Additionally, our team runs regular Thursday afternoon programme at Hillsong House where life skills and values are taught via bible-based group activities and lessons.
Weekday volunteers also assist both the teachers and the medical team (Occupational/Physiotherapists).
A food garden has also been established, which is run by a local NGO and contributes fresh produce towards the school’s needs.
Pray: for the children to take hold of the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and for the teachers who play a key role in teaching them the skills to do so.
Join a team: Weekdays there is the opportunity to volunteer as a teacher’s assistant or join us for our Thursday afternoon program at Hillsong House.
Donate: Start a fundraising campaign for Tembaletu in your community, and we will be happy to support you with materials to help spread the word about Tembaletu.
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.
To increase the accessibility and availability of wheelchairs for the physically impaired, in order to restore people’s dignity and re-enter them in to the community.
The townships are particularly inaccessible for disabled individuals and many of those in need do not have the means to purchase or access helpful equipment.
Through Hillsong Africa Foundation‘s (HAF) partnership with the Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM), HAF facilitates the distribution of free wheelchairs to physically immobile individuals of South Africa.
The wheelchairs from HAF are peculiar in nature. For instance, the wheelchairs are specifically designed to accommodate simple mobility in rougher environments, as they are made with a durable plastic seat, mountain bike tyres and a sturdy aluminium frame.
In 2013 HAF developed a relationship with the Department of Correctional Services to work in the building and distribution of these wheelchairs across South Africa. Volunteers from HAF along with offenders construct the wheelchairs and assist with distribution. The project also partners with health professionals, lay health workers and social workers in order to identify individuals and assess their suitability to receive a wheelchair.
The Free Wheelchair Project also is instrumental in providing entry points into new communities, where HAF will build relationships, trust and explore potential needs for further project development
Pray: That through these free wheelchairs, people may come to know Jesus’ love and that they might be enabled to reach their God-given potential.
Join a team: The team of volunteers on stand-by that assemble and help to distribute wheelchairs.
Be a Sponsor: Donate money or transportation to transit the assembled wheelchairs to new recipients.
To holistically uplift and empower previously disadvantaged communities, using a two-pronged approach of community development and faith-based intervention.
The need is evident 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. Mankind’s primary need will and has always been love. God is love. This is our motivation behind all we do within the community of Mitchell’s plain and every other community or people we come into contact with.
A holistic community development approach. This approach combines the power of personal change through an encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ with tangible, community based interventions, and in doing so addressing both the physical and spiritual needs of individuals. We are designing this approach in a way that it is easily replicated in other neighbourhoods, cities, and countries. The program has grown from a simple nutrition program to a holistic community development approach, changing a multitude of lives every week. The programs and initiatives include: children’s programs in primary schools, support to schools and their teachers for literacy training, woman devotional groups, Shine Courses for the community and school teachers, a men’s strength program, children nutrition programs, a sports academy and much more!
Pray – that through the programmes and initiatives we facilitate, the communities will have a significant rise in health, esteem, unity, and education.
Join a team – Come along for the fun.
To empower primary schools across Africa to actively and effectively fight illiteracy.
In Africa, extreme lack of finance prevents essential resources from reaching overcrowded classrooms of 45+ children. Teachers work with children who are victims of violent crime, HIV/AIDS, fetal alcohol syndrome, and malnutrition, creating a dual challenge for the advancement of education.
READBABYRAD establishes partnerships with primary schools in high need of literacy advancement, in order to boost their literacy rates by:
Equipping classrooms with essential reading resources, hand selected by the teachers who know the needs best.
Providing professional development training for the teachers, in areas that they identify as ‘trouble spots’ in their own professional growth. Our Teachers4Teachers consists of educators and professionals who volunteer their time to
Creating encouraging environments for school communities to love and enjoy reading, including early literacy development for tots, school reading campaigns and Shine Courses for teachers.
Pray: for the children and teachers to create an encouraging and loving culture of reading.
Join a team: The equipping team organizes and delivers reading supplies. Our Teachers4Teachers designs and impliments strengthening workshops. Our encouraging team ‘loves on’ the schools!
Be an advocate: Spearhead a fundraising and advocacy campaign for READBABYREAD in your community, and we will be happy to support you with materials to help spread the word about READBABYREAD.
To support, equip and grow South Africa’s social entrepreneurs in starting and successfully running businesses which provide employment for the local community.
Nearly 25% of South Africans are unemployed.
HAF’s social entrepreneurship program focuses on the skills development and employ-ability of local community members. HAF provides initial seed capital, craft-training and business development training. Each project has an assigned coach to assist and train the community member. All projects aim to run sustainably within 6 months of start-up.
Pray: for our social entrepreneurs to have great opportunity and favor in running their businesses.
Become a coach: If you are a business man or women, you can become a coach and share your good knowledge, experiences and encouragement with a new budding entrepreneur to help them flourish.
Fundraise support: Your support will go towards the seed-capital that is used a new business off the ground!
By using sport as a vehicle for change, Sport 4 Development aims to transform communities, eradicate gang activities, break strongholds and raise up community based leaders – individuals that will lead and impact in every sphere of life.
The townships of South Africa were used as part of the Groups Areas Act during the Apartheid regime to segregate races. Many of these communities have been deprived of opportunity and growth, and created an environment that encourages a cycle of poverty.
The youth are exposed daily to alcohol, drugs and gang related crime. And many children are raised in a father-less or broken homes.
Sport 4 Development has been used as a tool to forge relationships with the youth in the community to bring change, restoration and hope.
This program uses soccer and other sports to combat gangsterism, break addictions, raise up leaders, and to strengthen relationships, community unity and team building. These relationships allow HAF to successfully address key challenges, raised by the communities, themselves.
The program has developed from the ground up into a key tool for leadership development. Rising leaders are essential to take the community forward in socioeconomic awareness and development. These young leaders have paved the way by being examples in showing respect, teamwork, education and discipline.
Various high-intensity, professional training sessions are held each week, with matches being played on the weekends. Our team also hosts an annual end-of-season sports camp to not only help strengthen their sport, but also create a safe-space where social issues can be addressed.
In 2014, our team is looking forward to launching new teams in new communities. Additionally our team is committed to networking with and bringing strength to existing teams. We are also excited to launch our Community Sports Days, which would see entire communities, multiple teams and their families uniting through sport.
Pray: For the program participants to be open to change and receptive to the encouragement given.
Join a team: There are many areas to get involved, from being a player, helping out as a coach to making sandwiches to give out on game day! If interested please email email@example.com
Sponsor: There are many areas that require funding such as player registration, league and affiliation fees, game day lunches as well as the purchasing of boots and kit. Hillsong Africa Foundation would welcome sponsorship of any kind. If you’d like to donate to this project please Click Here!
To efficiently and effectively provide for the holistic needs created by natural and civil disasters which leave their victims lost, hungry or hurt.
HAF works in partnership with the City of Cape Town Disaster Response and Relief Team, in order to provide a strong network of responders that work together efficiently and effectively.
Together, we 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.
This project is currently responds 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.
Pray: for the families that are victims to disasters to be protected and strengthened.
Donate Supplies: Follow @hillsongafricaf to stay up to date on the current and ongoing needs of the victims we respond to during a disaster.