Irene Homes, A Safe Haven
The race organisers of the Pretoria SPAR Women’s Challenge have tasked the Contracts Centre at Irene Homes in Pretoria East with packing some 25 000 goodie bags in time for the race.
The Contracts Centre at Irene Homes is a Protective Work Centre ensuring a safe environment for residents and day workers who enjoy the social interaction and daily activities of the Workshop. The Workshop offers a service to the business community, completing mail shots, packaging and light industrial assembly work at competitive rates. The Contracts Centre is a registered Protective Day Centre serving 69 mentally and
sometimes physically disabled men and women in a safe environment.
Irene Homes provides a home to 84 women of all races who are housed in 8 houses. Many of these ladies are orphans and the financial responsibility for them is completely shouldered by Irene Homes. Residents participate in household chores as well as social activities and the community often treats them to outings. The Therapy Workshops which include activities such as knitting, weaving and ceramics provide a safe, protected environment for residents to learn skills in a therapeutic and non-stressful environment.
As a non-profit organization Irene Homes faces the same financial challenges as other such organizations and donations, both in kind or financial, are always welcomed and greatly assist Irene Homes in meeting their financial responsibilities. Irene Homes is registered with, and recognized by the Department of Health and Social Development and is funded by both private, business and corporate donations as well as the fee income and donations from families.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Irene Homes on .
Just as a caterpillar emerges transformed from the safety of the chrysalis into a beautiful butterfly, so do the girls of the Chrysalis Foundation learn to awaken to their own fullest potentials.This heart-warming analogy forms the founding cornerstone and ethos behind the Chrysalis Foundation’s skills development course for traumatised girls. As it is with the caterpillar – the secure and safe confinement of the chrysalis giving rise to a miracle of transformation – so too does the life skills programme of the Chrysalis Foundation give guiding wings of flight to physically and emotionally traumatised girls, aged 14 to 18, who come under their care.As victims of crime, trauma and sexual molestation who are living in children’s homes, places of safety or foster care, the Chrysalis Foundation’s educational programmes act as a so-called “finishing school” to help these young women find release from the bonds of their past and discover “the butterfly within”.Through ongoing educational upliftment courses designed to impart knowledge and life skills, an environment of personal growth and discovery is fostered for the young women who learn to cope with crimes perpetuated against them, break negative patterns of behaviour and rebuild self-respect and self-confidence.Managed by a group of volunteer business women who host and deliver lectures along with leading professional experts in their fields, vital therapeutic elements are introduced and implemented that address the psychological damage and trauma suffered.
The programme takes place under the loving guidance of psychologists and social workers, who further help them to come to terms with their experiences and find practical applications for their skills by providing work opportunities for them on completion of their course.
For more information or to make a donation, contact the Chrysalis Foundation on .
With its unexpected twists and turns, life can deliver its fair share of challenges, up-hills and obstacles. Bringing hope, relief, goodwill and good news to people in need, Jacaranda’s Good Morning Angels make life easier for others with “a little help from friends”.Every Wednesday morning for the past decade, Jacaranda FM’s Good Morning Angels community initiative has come alive on your radio with the simple aim of helping as many people in need as they can. Receiving thousands of requests from people who know of others in need, the Good Morning Angels find sponsors and contributors to assist in fulfilling the wide-ranging needs of their listeners. Whether it’s life-saving medical help, help for parents who have lost their jobs, the elderly struggling to get by, students wanting to better their lives through education or communities ravaged by fire and rain, these “angels” give hope and support where it’s needed.For the past three years, SPAR has donated to the Good Morning Angels from the proceeds of the annual SPAR Woman’s Challenge, helping change many lives for good. Various other Spar sponsorships have included the Good Morning Angels Golf Day; the donation of baking ingredients to the Sheriat Upliftment Centre for Women in Pretoria who were taught to bake, sew, do hair and sell clothes to enable them to earn a living; a R50 000 contribution to a teenage drug intervention centre as well as the numerous and ongoing supply and provision of food vouchers.These are just some of the examples of generous investment in care, upliftment and the betterment of society that has already benefitted a large group of people who would not otherwise have been reached. The work done by the Good Morning Angels certainly restores our faith in people and business and provides ever more hope for the future.Contact Jacaranda Good Morning Angels by emailing .
Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation
The Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation believes in the potential of the poor to effect change in their own lives and in our world. In order to achieve this they follow Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs when entering into a community. In each community that Hanna Charity is involved, they provide the fulfillment of basic needs which includes providing clothing and food. They fulfill safety and security needs through skills development, employment opportunities and job creation.
Love and belonging needs are fulfilled through arranging for clinic visits for children, parents and elderly. They also run programs specifically tailored to meet individual group needs such as Womanhood for older women, Sisterhood for younger women, Manhood for older men and Brotherhood for younger men. These programs are coordinated by the Hanna Charity and implemented by registered psychologists who can help with emotional and psychological problems.
They fulfill self esteem needs through their Charity Vitality initiative where the community members earn points through positively participating in the different programs that the Hanna Charity runs in the community. When they reach a certain number of points they are rewarded with a hamper consisting of cleaning products, soap, shampoo, etc.
Self-actualization is realized through the process of all of the above, with the hope that each community member will feel that their lives are worth something and that they can give a valuable contribution to their community.
The Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation assist several communities in Gauteng and the Western Cape. Visit www.hannacharity.org for more information.
Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer
Cupcakes of Hope is a non-profit company, with one of their main aims being to create awareness and funds for children with cancer. They do this through their love of Cupcakes! In 2011, Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer set a new world record for the most cupcakes on display – 21 000. Through this achievement they were able to raise R200 000! These funds were donated to Reach for A Dream, CANSA Cupcakes 4 Kids With Cancer Vereeniging and towards paying for the medical costs of three Cancer patients.
The only requirement of their program is that the cupcakes have to be made with love and if you have a look at all the cupcakes that have been donated, you will see that they were amazing.
In fact, they have received many compliments from people saying that they can taste the love in the cupcakes.
Cupcakes of Hope holds several events during the year but their main event is hosting South Africa's National Cupcake Day 4 Kids with Cancer in September. This is an entirely community-driven project that brings the whole community together.
For more information on Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer, email .