Grants Given in South Africa

2017 Grants

January to December 2017

Cause Region Amount

Work for Love

Work for Love is an educational, holistic skills and enterprise development organisation for low income families in Cape Town. Their goal is to provide quality pre- and primary school education and skills training to underprivileged children. They requested funds to build a disabled bathroom, built to the council and health departments’ guidelines.

South Africa $R22,572

Gabriella Centre for Physically Challenged Children

Gabriella Centre is a residential and day care for children and young adults with profound physical and intellectual challenges in Somerset West. The centre seeks to improve the household in which the children live in. The funds will be used to purchase new linen, for each child at the centre.

South Africa $R41,000

Methodist Homes for the Aged

Methodist Homes’ mission is to provide affordable and caring accommodation and services to the elderly. Their goal is to supply residents whose families cannot assist with wheel chairs and cot sides for the beds. The funds donated will allow them to purchase 8 wheel chairs for the home.

South Africa $R17,725

The President's Award for Youth Empowerment

The TPA program creates equal opportunities for young offenders to develop character, discover their purpose and determine their future. Four offenders participated in a 240km cycle tour on mountain bikes through the Breede River Valley in the Western Cape. During the tour, they visited schools and communities each day and evening and spoke to the youth and communities on their crimes, prior gang involvement and how the President’s award has changed their lives. The funds requested was used to print 25 co-branded tops for the cyclist and their leaders.

South Africa $R10,000

iDUC

Harcourts South Africa launched their first annual "Walk a Mile in Their Shoes" event, with men and women walking in heels to bring attention to the tragedy of violence against women and children. All proceeds raised for the event were donated to iDUC - a multi-leveled initiative that focuses on job creation, community upliftment and especially the provision of support to rape victims. It is a joint venture between Mrs. Santi Britz, the South African Council for Business Women (SACBW) and the Job Club.

South Africa $R227,000

Open Midlands Garden

Each year, Harcourts Hilton runs an initiative in their area (and the greater Pietermaritzburg area) called Open Midlands Gardens. The event gets a great deal of exposure, and funds raised are then donated to various charities as nominated by the owners of the gardens. The following charities benefited from this fundraising event - Freeme, uMngeni SPCA, Mooi River SPCA, and Msunduzi.

South Africa $R22,000

Maranatha Streetworkers

Maranatha cares and protects vulnerable children who have been placed in their care by the Children’s Court. Part of their care is to develop their recreational and sporting skills. The funds will be used to build a multi-purpose court for the children to learn and practice skills such as eye and hand coordination, teamwork and conflict management which they lack due to their difficult upbringing.

South Africa $R20,000

Ithemba Baby Lam Home

The home is a temporary safe-haven for abandoned, orphaned, abused, and neglected babies, and those that are either affected by, or infected with, HIV/AIDS. They remain with Ithemba until they are adopted into a permanent family, placed in a foster home, or reunited with their biological family. Nikki Strooh and her team from Harcourts Beachfront spent a Saturday selling ‘boerie’ rolls, and raised R663.20, which was matched by the Harcourts Foundation for a total of R1326.40 donated.

South Africa $R1,326

False Bay Hospital

False Bay Hospital’s water provision project aims to utilize green technology to create a sustainable water supply to the hospital by means of a borehole and system by which water will be harvested from the roof. Funds were requested to help with drilling the borehole. Harcourts Two Oceans sponsored the donation.

South Africa $R20,000

Unity College

Unity College is an independent special needs school which provides a high-quality education to equip each learner with skills to become productive, integrated members of society. The college organised a fundraising walk on 10 June with 150 walkers participating. The grant was sponsored by Harcourts 4 Ways.

South Africa $R6,800

Khula Development Group

Khula Development Group reintegrates at-risk children permanently back into school. Khula depends greatly on the services from social workers from various organisations. South Africa only have 16,164 registered social workers = the need is closer to 70 000. Grant was sponsored by Harcourts Winelands.

South Africa $R15,330

African Angels Trust

Eastern Cape branches Advantage, Mercantile, Cornerstone, Mthatha and Queenstown are once again participating in the mass MTB cycle ride in November to raise funds for African Angels, and have been raising funds for this charity since 2013. The committee approved a grant of R20 000 towards the fundraising event.

South Africa $R20,000

Mellon Educate

Mellon Educate build houses for 125 000 people in South Africa’s most impoverished townships, and provide disadvantaged children with access to better education. A grant of R$17 587 was approved to enable them to purchase two computers for their library. Application endorsed by Harcourts Platinum.

South Africa $R17,587

Isithatha Trust

Isithatha Trust are a community-based organisation whose chief aim is to cross cultural barriers through arts projects in Port Elizabeth. They recently acquired a new building, and the grant funds will be used toward renovations and making the building safe for children to attend. Application endorsed by Harcourts Beachfront and Harcourts Summerton.

South Africa $R22,600

Steven's Ability Centre

Steven's Ability Centre aims to improve the lives of people with development disabilities. Their goal is to design a specific programme to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship and employment amongst the young adults, including computer skills, gift making and arts and crafts. A grant of R10 000 was approved by the committee. Application endorsed by Harcourts Kempen.

South Africa $R10,000

Missing Children SA

A child goes missing in South Africa every five hours. Missing Children South Africa (MCSA) provides emergency support to parents and guardians of victims and liaise with the authorities to facilitate the recovery and safe return of missing children and adults. MCSA has a vast network of volunteers across the country who assist with distribution of flyers and even take part in the actual searches for victims in the relevant area, and to date have an average recovery rate of 80%. Follow Missing Children SA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and visit their website (www.missingchildren.org.za). This grant was facilitated by Harcourts Winelands.

South Africa $R17,072

Child Welfare Durban & District

Child Welfare Durban & District provides preventative, early intervention and residential services to children in need of care, including neglected, abused and abandoned children and those affected and infected by HIV & AIDS. The organisation monitors foster care placements and has an accredited specialised adoption team. Presently the organisation receives a subsidy of 62% from the government towards these services and the balance has to be fundraised. Endorsed by Harcourts Equity.

South Africa $R20,000

Child Welfare

Child Welfare provides prevention, early intervention to children have been neglected, abused, orphaned and those affected and infected with AIDS & HIV. www.cwdd.org.za . Nominated by Harcourts Equity.

South Africa $R20,000

The Open Door Crisis Centre

The Open Door, established in 1997, is recognised as one of the leading organisations addressing the crime of violence against women and children. To date they have directly and indirectly offered counselling, social services and accommodation to over 400 000 women and children. www.opendoor.org.za Nominated by Harcourts Equity.

South Africa $R20,000

ACVV PE Suid

The purpose of this Child Protection Organisation is to protect vulnerable children and families. Their main aim is to develop, support and sustain disintegrated family units within the poverty-stricken areas such as Forest Hill, Walmer Township, Summerstrand and other areas where the organisation is rendering services. They run various projects such as afternoon care for learners in Walmer, sponsor a child with school fees, and food parcels for needy families. Sponsored by Harcourts Beachfront.

South Africa $R20,000

Epworth Children's Village

Harcourts Full Circle is a long-time supporter of Epworth Children’s Home in Germiston, located less than 1km from their office. Epworth do an amazing job in the community - not only in Germiston but the whole of Ekurhuleni - by accommodating and caring for all the needs of up to 90 orphans and vulnerable children who have been removed from very vulnerable situations by child welfare and by order of the courts. Unfortunately, although the government places these children with Epworth, the government only provides around 36% of the monetary support needed toward the running costs of the organisation that is providing a place of safety for them, so they rely heavily on donations. www.epworthvillage.org.za

South Africa $R30,000