Grants Given in South Africa

2015 Grants

January to December 2015

Cause Region Amount

Sunshine Centre Association                  

The Sunshine Association is a dynamic, progressive and innovative Non—Profit organisation in the field of intellectual disability, offering diverse services at many levels. Sunshine Association is committed to the development and inclusion of children with disabilities and delays – intellectual, developmental, physical- in partnership with families and communities. Our Early Intervention Projects are situated in Craighall, Soweto and Elsburg ( Germiston) and cater for children aged 18 months to 7 years with disabilities and delays, intellectual, physical and developmental. Special Therapeutic assessments and regular input into the child's daily programme is provided by a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist and Social Worker. 

South Africa $R10,000

TLC Ministries Children’s Home               

In a country where more than half the population lived in appalling conditions, with very little income, in families torn apart by urbanisation and legal restrictions, The Love of Christ Ministries was established by the Jarvis family to rescue the tiniest victims of a society in turmoil, and to meet the serious need for quality childcare for abandoned children in South Africa. Since they rescued their first two little ones in April 1993, they have continued to play a part in changing the destiny of more than 780 babies who have been abandoned or orphaned, as our nation continues to be plagued by HIV-AIDS, unemployment and high crime levels.

South Africa $R13,000

Bermuda 5 Children’s Home   

Bermuda 5 satellite home was established 12 years ago by a few community members who felt the need to provide a safe haven for underprivileged children within Kempton Park. This is one of the numerous satellite homes currently based in Gauteng and operated by Abraham Kriel Childcare. Abraham Kriel Childcare identified the need for a care model for children which mimics a family environment as closely as possible and provides supervised care in an environment that avoids the institutionalisation which results from big childrens homes. The need for satellite homes in local communities remains dire due to the high unemployment rate affecting a large portion of our South African population. Unemployment often results in drug and alcohol abuse by the parents which in turn leads to neglect, abuse and sometimes abandonment of their children. The satellite home consists of a permanent house father and mother to provide the children with the necessary care and attention as would be require in the dynamic of a healthy family.

South Africa $R16,850

SPCA Mooi River 

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Mooi River believe that an animal's welfare should be considered in terms of 'five freedoms': 1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour. 2. Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area. 3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment. 4. Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind. 5. Freedom from Fear and Distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.

South Africa $R7,500

Qhubeka       

Most of Africa’s rural population has no access to transport and people have to walk long distances to access opportunity, education, healthcare, shops and community services. Rural schoolchildren are particularly badly affected by lack of mobility. Of students walking to school, half a million walk for more than an hour– up to 6 km each way– thus impacting concentration and learning ability. The challenge of distance results in increased tardiness, frequent absenteeism, exhaustion and often the complete withdrawal of the child from the education system.Bicycles are the most effective and economical method of quickly addressing this problem. Qhubeka - an Nguni word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward” - helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.

South Africa $R4,300

Bread of Life Trust             

The Bread of Life trust started in 2001 and reaches out to indigent families in Gqebera (Walmer) township in the Eastern Cape who are affected by HIV/Aids. The trust is run by 28 volunteers. One of the team members is a doctor who assesses the prospective “clients” before being accepted into the group. They currently support 158 families (over 650 people) with food parcels and where possible practical support eg: clothing, legal aid, home visits etc. People from the township arrive at the church every alternate Sunday and enjoy a cup of tea and sandwiches and collect their food parcels. Team interviewers meet individually with a family representative who collects the food parcels. Concerns, problems and health needs are heard and where possible practical support is offered. Any concerns are passed onto our Xhosa speaking volunteer who monitor each family. In this way they not only physically feed people but offer practical support and also give spiritual guidance as they walk alongside them showing genuine interest in their lives.

South Africa $R10,200

Volunteer Wild Life Services

The Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS)  have been combating dangerous and often deadly runaway fires since being baptised through the devastating fires in 1999 / 2000 in Cape Town.  With approximately 180 members at three stations (Newlands, Jonkershoek and the newly developing South Peninsula Station), the VWS is now a highly organised Section 21 Company that is gaining in reputation every year passing. The VWS has assisted the Table Mountain National Park and CapeNature as a first responder with some of the wildest fires Cape Town has ever experienced.  Working closely with other emergency service organisations in wild-land fire management such as Table Mountain National Park, CapeNature, Cape Town Fire & Emergency Services, Disaster Management, Winelands Fire Brigade, Stellenbosch Fire Brigade and Working on Fire has meant that the VWS has, to date, achieved over 39,000 active fire fighting hours between it’s members and stations.  The VWS will, with your support, continue with the goal of saving South Africa’s natural heritage, property and lives.   Monies were donated to this organisation in March to assist with the devastating fires that ravaged Cape Town and destroyed many homes.

South Africa $R20,000

Sustainable Coffee Bay (Run 4 Rands)

Sustainable Coffee Bay is a Coffee Shack Backpackers initiative.  Coffee Shack had been informally running community up-liftment and educational projects since 2002. Initially these projects were managed by the Coffee Shack staff, with funding provided by Coffee Shack and its generous guests. As the projects grew in number and size it was decided that Sustainable Coffee Bay (SCB) should be formed to manage the community projects and raise the necessary funds. Sustainable Coffee Bay is a registered non-profit organization that also has Public Benefit Organisation status.  They work with the local communities of the greater Coffee Bay area to improve their lives through education and community development initiatives. Their vision is a motivated and cohesive rural community involvement with learning opportunities to take control of their future.  Their mission is to develop projects and activities which are vital to the wellbeing and evolvement of our community and natural environment. Education is one of the chief objectives of Sustainable Coffee Bay, however, the organisation aims to empower the whole community, encouraging self-determination and self-worth throughout and thus sustainability for the future.

South Africa $R35,000

The Sunflower Fund

The Sunflower Fund is a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa, with a vision to give all South Africans diagnosed with leukemia and other life-threatening blood disorders the chance of life, irrespective of their race and financial circumstances.  The Sunflower Fund’s core purpose is to educate, recruit and raise funds to build and sustain an effective SABMR as a viable source of well-informed ethnically-diverse potential bone marrow donors so as to meet the national and international requirements and improve the chances of life-saving transplants for serious blood disorder sufferers. Harcourts Achievers in Rustenburg hosted a morning tea on the 23rd May, and hired a motivational speaker and DJ for the day.  Adina Harmse painted a Sun Flower Oil painting which was auctioned off on the day.  R40,500 was raised on the day and the Harcourts Foundation donated an additional R20,000 to the Sunflower Fund.

South Africa $R20,000

Kungwini Welfare Organisation

Kungwini Welfare Organisation wish to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, children and disadvantaged communities, investing their funds, time, energy and passion to bring hope to every individual that crosses their path. Six Harcourts offices in the Pretoria region hosted a Golf Day on the 12th June to raise funds for the Charity, and an additional R15,000 was donated by the Foundation.

South Africa $R15,000

African Angels Trust

African Angels is a committed non profit organization that established the African Angels Independent School in January 2012. The school provides a high quality education to the Chintsa East area, 25km outside East London on the East Coast of South Africa - the poorest province in the country - with the aim of breaking the poverty cycle through education. In 2013 the East London Harcourts branches, including Mthatha and Queenstown, raised R20,000 for this organisation through a mass MTB race, and are committed to the same initiative this year.  It will be advertised at R500 pp to ride the 72km route on the 21st November 2015, in a limited edition Harcourts Cycle Jersey.  The offices will raise the funds through the entry fees and hand the monies over to the charity on the day, with an additional R$20,000 donated by the Foundation.

South Africa $R20,000

Sebokeng Meals on Wheels

This organisation runs a feeding scheme that feeds the elderly, chronically ill and the street children in the area.  They rely solely on donations from the public and cannot survive otherwise. Harcourts Tergro Group put forward this worthy charity and the Harcourts Foundation donated R5,000.

South Africa $R5,000

Lebone Centre

The Lebone Centre serves the needs of vulnerable children in the community. They hosted an event at the end of November / beginning December to showcase the year’s activities at the 12 Nal’ibali Reading Clubs in Grahamstown. The funds were used to purchase refreshments, decorations, book donations, planning, management time and the venue hire. Harcourts Grahamstown put forward this worthy charity and the Harcourts Foundation donated R8,000.

South Africa $R8,000

Boshabelo

This organisation offers a babies' home, pre-school and training programme for the underprivileged. The Harcourts Foundation's grant assisted with the costs of building a classroom as a prototype for their “School in a Box” programme, to reach more students who are in grave need of a proper education. Harcourts Midrand put forward this worthy charity and have indicated that they as an office are eager to support this organisation in the future as much as they can.

South Africa $R10,000

1000 Women United against Domestic Violence

This organisation unites with Women against domestic violence and abuse. Events are hosted yearly and grants are distributed to the Grassroots Women-led organisations. An event was held on the 26th November to raise funds. Harcourts Brighton Beach put forward this worthy charity. The office was hosting a table at the event and the Harcourts Foundation donated R5,000. Harcourts Brighton Beach also contributed R5,000

South Africa $R5,000

Sozo Foundation

The Harcourts Foundation have assisted this worthy organisation twice in the past. They are a community outreach charity which creates opportunities for holistic development through various key areas : youth, education, healthy and skills. They strive to see the community living with dignity, purpose and hope. The grant was for their latest project the Sozo Youth Café which will be offering internship opportunities to the community. The monies granted will be used towards the costs of these Internships – Training Fees, Material, Equipment, Facilitator Costs, stationery and printing. Harcourts Select put forward this worthy charity and the Harcourts Foundation donated R20,000.

South Africa $R20,000