Give a gift that keeps on giving

At this time of the year there is tremendous pressure on people to purchase gifts, be it for their friends, family, colleagues or clients. “I would like to urge all those doing their end-of-year shopping to consider getting their goodies from local Non-Profit Organisations. Not only will they be able to buy beautiful items but, in doing so, give back to the communities that they serve,” says Jessica Vosloo, a Vodacom Change the World volunteer who has donated a year of her life to the Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Free State. APD, for instance, has its own workshop which enables persons with disabilities to generate an income and become more independent through the production leather and beaded articles that are sold to the public.

Below is a listing of other non-profit organisations, all part of the Vodacom Change the World initiative, where people can get gifts that keep on giving:

  • Headway Gauteng is a registered welfare organisation, dedicated to offering various support programmes to survivors of brain injury and their families. It facilitates the Masiye Phambili Project. This initiative enables those with permanent disability to gain formal employment and generate an income by using their skills in creative ways. The products made include cards, baked goods, embroidered sling bags and beaded jewellery. Orders can be placed via the Project’s Facebook page or by emailing headway@iafrica.com.
  • Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust is a multi-purpose centre for HIV/Aids-affected children and their caregivers that empowers HIV positive women to learn skills and earn an income through bead and smock work. They have recently released a range of festive season decorations, gift tags and crackers to complement their usual array of ribbons, lanyards and serviette rings. These items can be purchased either onsite at the NPO or via its website. All funds generated are used to buy more materials to make new items as well as to support the income generation programme in various other ways.
  • The Tomorrow Trust is a non-profit organisation which assists orphaned and or vulnerable youth in becoming self-sustainable adults through holistic education. It benefits from the sales of colour coded1:Face Watches, representing education (yellow) and hunger (white). The organisation also receives funds resulting from the purchase of the book, ‘Raising Wisdom’ which was written by its founder, Kim Feinberg. All money raised goes towards the education and feeding of the NPO’s learners.
  • Singakwenza Education and Health aims to provide low cost, high impact education and health through empowerment programmes to economically disadvantaged communities, particularly in rural areas of KwaZulu Natal. Buying one of their rainbow key rings, handmade with wire and beads by KZN resident Reason Moyo, will help ensure the sustainability of the organisation’s health and early childhood education programmes. To purchase a key ring, please contact linda@singakwenza.co.za.
  • Kliptown Youth Program is an after school tutoring and personal development program for the disadvantaged children of Kliptown and sells T-shirts to fund the operating costs of the organisation. The NPO is looking to expand their merchandising income stream in 2014.

“The act of giving is the best gift, so give yourself and those that benefit from efforts of the NPOs, a reward this year,” says Vosloo.

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