Sharing Abundant Life Together
|SALT is a non-profit organisation that was established in 2003 to help and assist with the vast needs of our local community, (TableView, Milnerton, DuNoon and Joe Slovo settlements in the Western Cape).
Approaching our local clinics we wanted to see how we could assist with the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South-Africa. We began supplying 20 LIGHT BAGS (food parcels) to mothers with HIV/AIDS. We now supply approximately 900 LIGHT BAGS PER MONTH to clinics and other organizations that we network with.
LIGHT BAGS (FOOD PARCELS):
Food parcels aimed at assisting TB/HIV/AIDS patients who are on ARV’S and needing nutrition to aid their recovery. Many patients on medication also suffer from malnutrition, many have families to feed, and are not able to find employment or are too ill to work.
Those patients suffering from HIV/AIDS or TB are also given a bag of EPAP this contains vitamins & minerals and is easy to digest.
The food parcels contain 8 basic food items and each parcel is given to the patient.
A FOOD PARCEL FEEDS A FAMILY OF 4 FOR 1 WEEK.
Food Items include:
- 2.5kg White Mealie Meal
- 500gm Brown Speckled Beans
- 2 x 1kg Samp
- 200gm Savoury Soya Mince
- 1kg Sugar
- 410gm Peanut Butter
- 500gm White Rice
- 500gm Salt
SALT currently supplies the total amount of 900 bags per month to all the projects and clinics.
These projects are:
Keep a child in School: Children who have left school due to poverty to find work or beg on the streets. Keep a child in school pays for their schooling and SALT provides a weekly food parcel.
Child Welfare: Many children are removed from their homes due to poverty, where parents are unable to put food on the table and children are going to bed hungry. Social welfare is forced to remove the children and place them in foster care or safe houses. In these cases Social welfare approaches SALT for food parcels so that the children are not removed from their homes.
TLC: Ministry aimed at street children. Keeping the children off the street and
from begging for food. (Many of these children are also involved in child prostitution and drugs) .Children are placed with foster mothers in the informal settlements, and SALT provides the mother with food parcels to assist feeding the children.
Community based projects: Within your informal settlements, you find the “Mother Teresa’s” who have taken it upon themselves to take care of the hungry children, abandoned babies and the elderly. These organizations struggle to find funding for food parcels or assistance. SALT will partner with them if they prove to be doing great work in their communities.
A FOOD PARCEL COSTS R75 PER BAG - PURCHASE A FOOD PARCEL HERE
NEED FOR LIGHT BAGS (FOOD PARCELS)
- Financial support
- Contribution of food items eg. beans, rice, maizemeal, sugar & tinned foods.
- Companies to become involved by collecting food on a regular basis or contributing by EFT or Debit order
- E PAP maize meal instant pap contains essential vitamins & minerals for the sufferers of HIV/AIDS & TB.
ENOZIPHO EDUCARE/DAY CARE CENTRE:
Lillian Dikana and her staff take care of approximately 100 children per month. These children are from the local community and most come from poor homes. The children are left in her care while parents are at work.
Since 2003 we have partnered with Lillian to see where and how we can assist her.
Lillian had previously run the educare/daycare from 2 old shipping containers, with no toilet facilities and very limited space. There were two babies per cot and 2 helpers to take care of 30 babies ranging from 3 months to 3 years old. Today the Day Care Centre has 6 helpers with 100 children, ages ranging from babies to 6 years old.
1st Phase of the educare centre has now been completed: In 2009 we completed the new facility and the children are all now in a safe environment. The children are taught good values, and we inspire them to dream to become teachers, lawyers, doctors etc. The Building is now a Chromadek building with toilet facilities and sufficient space.
2nd Phase now completed: This has provided the aftercare facility/playground with protective perimeter fencing for many children attending the educare/daycare/aftercare facility in this community. Supervised homework, computer time and life skills would be introduced to these children in the near future.
As Lillian Dikana is a locally trained community grassroots level nursery teacher, the need for a qualified full time teacher at Pre-School Level with a diploma is of utmost importance for the project to continue efficiently & effectively.
NEEDS FOR ENOZIPHO EDUCARE CENTRE:
- Monthly financial contribution towards a full time qualified Pre-School teacher would be R7, 000 per month totaling toR84, 000 for 12 months.
- Regular financial assistance towards nutrition. All children receive 2 meals per day, and for some this would be there only meals for the day.
- Purchase of tables and chairs for the school and stationery/art supplies
- Subsidize caregivers salary (6 caregivers)
Isidima means 'dignity' in Xhosa. This project functions around SALT assisting women in our surrounding communities. We assist with certain legalities such as Identity Card or grant applications as well as birth certificates for them and their children. Local Social services have disappointed many of these people due to complicated applications or lack of enough staff. Many of the women have lost hope in ever receiving an Identity document or child grant. While the ladies wait for certain processes to come through we supply them with a food parcel, clothes, check and advise them regarding their health and nutrition and also that of their children and assist and advise those ladies & children suffering from HIV/AIDS & TB. We encourage many of the ladies to write Curriculum Vitae in order to apply for jobs
NEEDS FOR ISIDIMA:
- Financial assistance for items such as nappies, baby food, bottles, school clothes.
- Financial assistance for E PAP for women suffering from HIV/AIDS & TB.(R15 per 500g)
- Financial assistance with light bags (our food parcels). A food parcels cost R75 per bag.
- Financial assistance for multivitamins for the women & children suffering from HIV/AIDS & TB.
Plans for 2011:
Seeing the vast need for employment, SALT plans to start skills development training for the ladies involved in Isidima. We plan to equip and empower these women in order for them to sustain them and help support their families.
Being so involved in the community we are at times involved in any fire/flood or disaster that may affect our area or community. Du Noon and Joe Slovo just 10km from Table view are often affected by mass fires where up to 300 shacks and families are left with nothing but the clothing on their backs.
SALT together with other organizations step in and assist for the first few days in supplying food, blankets and clothing. We do this by working closely with the community leaders who take responsibility for the distribution of the donations of food etc.
SALT played a key role in the recent Xenophobia attacks in the Western Cape . We were instrumental in the initial evacuation of victims and were the main distribution centre and supplied food, toiletries, baby food and formula, blankets and care during the time that refugees were housed in various community halls.
The Table View police forum has since requested that SALT be one of the key organizations involved in setting up a Disaster management plan for our community and be involved in the relief structure when disasters affect our community.
NEEDS FOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT
- Financial assistance to purchase food, blankets, toiletries and clean drinking water at the time of need.
- Donations of blankets, clothing, food, toiletries and clean drinking water.
Themba (meaning hope) is the project that has been birthed out of the iHOPE initiative.
iThemba is a volunteer based project which facilitates after-school sports training programmes in disadvantaged schools. The sports that we will be focussing on primarily are soccer and netball and will run on a weekly basis. The programme will include sports skills development and matches or tournaments.
The purpose of the sports program is to provide a space where mentorship between the pupils and coaches can take place. This mentorship will empower the youth, provide guidance in their decision making, as well as provide general life skills. The sports programme also provides unity within the school, and allows for new relationships to be built.
As no lasting change is ever made through a once-off event, we hope that through the consistency of the programs, the impact on the youth’s lives will be ongoing.
SPONSOR A CHILD..... MAKE A CHANGE!!
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" Nelson Mandela
From June 12th 2011 you can sponsor a child at our Enozipho Educare Centre in Jo slovo.
We take care of 60 pre school children from the ages of 5 to 7 years old. Preparing them for their introduction to primary school education.
Every child in South Africa should have the same opportunities............regardless of where they live.
Our aim at Enozipho Educare is to encourage every child to dream............believe that they can become doctors, lawyers, teachers and Presidents
Become part of this exciting adventure................Sponsor a child's education............Help us change the world