This year, our priority is to stay safe. But there are still some great ways you can honour the spirit of Mandela Day and make a difference from home.
One of the best ways you can do the right thing this Mandela Day is simply to stay home and stay safe, doing your bit to stop the spread of COVID-19. This doesn’t mean we can forget vulnerable South Africans who need our help, which is why Standard Bank’s Corporate and Social Investment (CSI) has partnered with Forgood, an online platform that connects people to worthy social causes.
There are more than 400 organisations supported through Forgood. This Mandela Day, we are highlighting 8 of them as great options if you would like to make a monetary donation in honour of Madiba from the comfort of your home. Read on to find out more about some incredible initiatives that need our support.
This project helps pregnant women and new mothers from the Cape Flats by equipping them with knowledge and essential goods. By helping moms feel supported, Thula Baba aims to provide a safer, more caring environment for babies to grow up in.
This non-profit organisation provides integrated education and holistic support to orphaned and vulnerable young South Africans. Their goal is to empower children and youths to reach their full potential as self-sustaining and proactive members of society.
The Mpumalanga Youth Council Organisation Drop-in Centre aids orphans and vulnerable children by providing them with food and education. The centre gives its children a daily cooked meal, academic support, and access to extramural activities such as painting and sports.
This foundation helps educate women on breast health issues. Their aim is to put to rest myths surrounding breast cancer and to have an open forum where women feel that they can come forward with their problems.
A non-profit organisation based in Pietermaritzburg, River of Life aims to support and empower orphaned children and vulnerable individuals.Their programmes include free health clinics, career expos for low-fee schools, food aid, teenage crisis counselling, skills development, and gender empowerment initiatives.
This organisation seeks to empower learners in Johannesburg through academic assistance, support, and mentorship. Their aim is to address the education gap affecting disadvantaged young South Africans through the provision of extra lessons, homework supervision, exam preparations, career guidance, and extra mural activities.
Starting as an orphanage, Fountain of Love now provides shelter, food and clothing to orphans, children, the elderly, and the disabled in Katlehong. Offering a place of safety as well as much-needed sustenance to child headed homes, destitute families, and others in need, Fountain of Love needs funding to continue its vital work.
Uviwe is an organisation that helps vulnerable children and unemployed youth in Gqeberha whose basic rights have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Working to ensure that ‘no child is left behind’, Uviwe focuses on the nutrition, education, safety, and hygiene of young South Africans.
All the initiatives in this article are doing vital work to help vulnerable South Africans. Find the one that resonates with you and click on the ‘Donate Money’ button on Forgood if you’d like to lend some much-needed financial support. A cash donation would be the perfect way to honour Madiba’s legacy without the need to leave home this Mandela Day.