Bulungula Incubator serves one of the poorest areas in the country, made up of four villages of approximately 6,000 people, in a remote rural area on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. Established in 2007 to create vibrant and sustainable rural communities, Bulungula Incubator works with community members from conception to career to provide education, health and nutrition and sustainable livelihoods. Their dedicated and skilled team have achieved incredible results and have been awarded the Nolte prize for their achievements in their community.
Agape is a remarkable success story, growing from humble beginnings in 1990, to serve thousands of children in an informal settlement in the Western Cape. They provide essential support in the form of schooling, care, medical attention, feeding programs and life-skills to children in this poor community.
The Zisize Educational Trust works in the northernmost tip of KwaZulu-Natal where the population is 120,000 and around 57% are under the age of 19. Zisize operates in centers that provide after-school educational support: homework, counselling, nutritional meals, a safe place to play and an adult to talk to. Starfish provides equipment for these facilities such as books, computers, toys and stationery to over 2000 orphaned and vulnerable children that come to the centers.
The Keiskamma Trust provides inspiration and income generation opportunities to the extremely poor women in the remote rural villages around Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. It was established in 2000 by Dr. Carol Baker. The Keiskamma Trust also works in the Hamburg Primary School in response to the needs of the children in that area.
Thy Kingdom Care Centre was established in 2012 by Thandi, who devoted herself full time to the care of the neglected and orphaned children in her community. “I could not stand to see a hungry child,” she said. The center takes care of 550 orphaned and vulnerable children in Soweto. Poverty and the high rate of unemployment and crime in the area exacerbate the social ills.
Bongimpilo Creche and Pre-School aims to improve the lives of young orphans and vulnerable children through access to education and Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes, providing stimulation for the children mentally, physically and emotionally. Established in 1999, Bongimpilo works with children under the age of 6 and also provides an after-care facility for older children. There are currently 60 children in their care daily.
South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world. 7 out of 10 child deaths under the age of 5 are preventable. Many have no access to health care due to poverty or the remoteness of their location. The Starfish Wellness Wagon program reaches these rural areas to provide health care. The program offers, HIV and TB testing, ARV medication and adherence programs. Education for HIV prevention and empowerment of adolescent girls for the prevention of gender-based violence. Each year more than 8,000 children received health care through our Wellness Wagon program.
Vukukhanye was formed in 2002 and supports community-based development projects aimed at the care of orphans and vulnerable children. Vukukhanye operates a children’s foster home, support Early Childhood Development through the operation of a preschool in Chesterville, provides school and tertiary bursaries as well as material and other support to Chesterville preschools and schools. Vukukhanye also supports local black entrepreneurs to own and manage a ‘Sport For All Chesterville’ social franchise.
Established in 2000, The mission of Ethembeni’s Education Support Programme is to bring hope to vulnerable children in Mpophomeni by supporting children in Grades R to 12 with their school learning. The aim is to develop their thinking, learning, academic and interpersonal skills in fun, dynamic and novel ways; and to influence and equip them to become positive leaders within their families, friends, school and local communities.