Making a Difference (Our Beneficiaries)
Daniël and Friends Fund (R25,000)
The Daniël and Friends Fund is a non-profit organisation (NPO) which was initiated at the end of 2013. The vision of the fund is to be an advocate for children with special needs. Their mission is to provide information, support and general assistance to parents with special needs children and to raise awareness for the disabled child by changing society’s perception of disability through mass media campaigns and community and educational programmes, thereby enriching the lives of these children.
In March 2016, D4D donated R25,000 towards the Daniël and Friends Fund. This donation enabled them to buy a buggy wheelchair for a little boy suffering from scoliosis. He was in need of corrective seating in the form of a buggy wheelchair. The balance of the donation was utilized for occupational therapy sessions.
Little Angels Home (R50,000)
Little Angels was established in 2005. This NPO provides a residential home as well as specialised care for cerebral palsy children and youths, who are so severely and profoundly disabled that there is no hope that they could ever care for themselves. They are also too disabled for fulltime home care. Most are from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and many were removed through social services due to abuse and neglect.
Op die Plaas Preschool (R30,000)
In 2012 the building of the closed down Tonko Bosman Primary School became available. The school used to be the local primary school in the Heldervalley area for the previous 20 years. The school repositioned its learners to Raithby Primary School, leaving the property empty and unused. After several years of involvement in an informal manner, a church organisation approached the farmers for the right to use the building. They launched the Op die Plaas Preschool in 2013. During the first year, the school developed well and provided a safe and stable preschool educational environment for 10 children. With the introduction of Grade R, they have since grown to 60 children.
In June 2016, D4D approved an amount of R30,000 towards this school. The school needed additional space for the children to sleep in the afternoon. This donation enabled them to renovate a basement for this purpose and they also bought new mattresses for all the learners.
Kingdom Kids (R42,000)
Kingdom Kids Crèche, started in 2009, is the outpouring of one women’s passion for children and the realisation that she wanted to change lives for the better. The crèche started with two children in a wet, smelly shack and the challenges continued since its start 8 years ago. With limited funding and parents not contributing to school fees, the closing of the school seemed to be inevitable.
One of D4D’s directors heard about the school and went to visit them. He immediately identified the need for an extra classroom and ablution facilities. At that stage, 50 children attended the school daily, in a small wendy house. D4D reached out to them and sponsored R50,000 to build the extra classroom as well as a decent sewerage and ablution facility. In December 2016, D4D surprised them with a Christmas party. Each child was blessed with a small gift and a cupcake.
Victory Angels Educare (R18,000)
The school was started when the Word of Victory Ministries church noticed that the orphaned children they adopted, lagged behind in their development.
There was no stimulation for educational growth as they did not attend any early education development classes.
Their greatest desire is to prepare all these children for Grade 1, irrespective of their background. They strive to give them a good education in a loving, Christian environment. They want to take these children off the street, educate them and feed them. Since July 2016, D4D supports them with a monthly donation of R3,000 to cover their fuel expenses and operational costs.
Rheed Shave-a-thon (R25,000)
Rheed Castle-Pearce, a Grade 7 pupil at Elkanah House in Sunningdale, is a brave 13-year-old battling cancer. After struggling with what he thought was a groin strain from cricket, Rheed started limping because of a constant pain in his hip. His situation became worse after he fell at school, fracturing his hip bone. X-rays revealed a tumour in his pelvic region, which had weakened the bone.
On 30 July 2016, a shave-a-thon was held to cover Rheed’s medical costs and tutoring while he was away from school. D4D was privileged to contribute R25,000 towards this shave-a-thon. The shave-a-thon was a huge, blessed success.
Little Fighters Cancer Trust (R10,000)
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust is a registered charity, providing practical and individualised support for children with cancer and their families across South Africa. They do not receive any government funding or international grants, rendering their organization completely reliant on public donations. On 17 August 2016, they received a donation of R10,000 from D4D. Our contribution has made it possible for them to do more for children suffering from cancer and to support their families.
The Miles family (R18,000)
This family has been fostering two girls for close to a year now and have seen the vision for what they feel lead and called to do, taking shape. They have had incredible support from a school, but have not received any other assistance for the children as the SASSA grants are still being processed and are very little in terms of what the children really require. They also support another little boy in basic education and have seen the remarkable change in his capacity in just a few weeks of assisting him.
Their desire is to help and provide a safe place for the children to grow and develop in all areas, but financially it is a daunting task.
The Living Hope Foundation (R9,000)
This family has been caring for children at risk in their home for the past 6 years. During this time, some moms needed a place of safety for themselves as well as their babies. It was in 2013 that they decided to formalise their efforts with the registration of The Living Hope Foundation. Two years ago, they got involved with Family +1, an outreach initiative of the Hillsong Africa Foundation. Through their training, they got a better understanding of Temporary Safe Care and Foster Care. As a result, they are now registered with the Department of Social Development as a Temporary Safe Care Home. Since then they have had a number of babies placed in their care. Last year they were asked to become foster parents to a little girl Kyla, who was later successfully adopted by an overseas couple. After her adoption, they felt led to start Project Isibali, through which they will directly campaign to be a voice for the voiceless, addressing the plight of the thousands of abandoned children in South Africa by placing them with adoptive parents.
This they will mainly do in their local communities through existing church congregations. D4D’s board of directors approved a donation of R9,000 to this family. This was paid to them over a 6-month period.
Imibala Trust (R10,000)
The Imibala Trust is a NPO that was formed with a clear mandate of facilitating partnerships to identify the neediest school-going children in South Africa; to secure quality and fitting school uniforms for these children; and to monitor the impact of that intervention over a period of time. It started in 2002, with 58 children receiving sponsorships. The number of sponsorships the Trust facilitates has steadily increased to around 2,000 per year.
In January 2016, D4D donated R10,000 to the Imibala Trust. This donation enabled them to sponsor ten children with brand-new school uniforms.
The Spirit Foundation (R30,000)
The Spirit Foundation provides opportunities for quality education to economically disadvantaged high school scholars who have the potential and will to succeed. They mentor them in partnership with their families and provide support and resources as needed. They help and motivate their scholars to reach their full potential academically as well as in all other areas of high school life, encouraging the creativity, leadership and good self-esteem necessary to help build a prosperous and healthy nation.
In 2016 D4D, in collaboration with Pragma, contributed a total amount of R30,000 to the Spirit Foundation. Pragma’s contribution was channelled towards the educational expenses of a grade 12 learner at Paul Roos Gymnasium. He is under the care of Sylvia Frank’s Foster Home (one of D4D’s current beneficiaries). The donation also enabled him to attend Additional Math classes during 2016. Besides excelling in chess, he is an above average student. He stays in residence during the week.
Hemel-en-Aarde Project (R15,000)
This organisation focuses on Grade RR, Grade R and Grade 1-3 learners. They provide classes to 800 learners on a weekly basis in three separate schools. Their focus is literacy, numeracy and school readiness. In June 2016, D4D donated R15,000 towards this project. This donation enabled 14 learners to attend classes for a period of one year.
KidsXpress publishes children’s ministry resources for churches and outreaches located in South Africa. They recently published their first ever Xhosa children’s book, Imibala Echaza Ibali. In July 2016, D4D supported this project by donating R15,000 towards the printing costs. Their prayer is that many children in the Xhosa-speaking community will experience the love of Jesus through this book.
Sylvia’s House (R10,000 per month)
D4D has been supporting Sylvia’s House in Gordon’s Bay since 2009. Currently Sylvia is fostering nine children, the eldest being 17 (finishing his matric in 2017) and the youngest being 12. D4D supports them with a current amount of R10,000 per month. It has been a challenging few years for them on many fronts, but the one thing that stayed constant was their faith and trust that everything will work out for the best. Sylvia reported that the children are all doing very well, they have had a year of good health, lots of laughs, trials, negotiations and accomplishments.
D4D is proud to be involved with Sylvia’s House. We are grateful for all the children’s growth. We trust that when it is time for them to leave Sylvia’s House, they will be equipped to live their lives to the fullest and make use of every opportunity which may come their way. May they make a difference wherever they go!
Tzadokah Foster Home (R9,100 per month)
Originally D4D’s involvement with foster homes started out with Tzadokah Foster Home. We support them with a current amount of R9,100 per month. This ensures that all 6 children can attend school.
We are so blessed and thankful to have Tina Barthus as the foster mom. The children adore her, and truly experience family life in all its aspects. The ages of the children range from 3 to 17.
One of the children has an enormous challenge with regards to his reading abilities. To rectify this problem, D4D is sponsoring him to attend extra reading lessons at Tina Cowley Reading Centre. He has made gigantic improvements over the past year and has grown in confidence in his reading abilities.