Cape Town Charities

A Gift with Meaning

Are you looking for a special Christmas gift with a Meaning?

The Cape Town charities are welcoming your donations and make them go a long way

But you might wonder: Where to start? Who to trust?Which charities should you definitely give a "helping hand"?

Great causes to support

The charities in Cape Town are asking people to be aware that giving a handout to the homeless is merely a contributor to an ongoing existence of hand to mouth living. For someone to be truly rehabilitated into society, he or she will need to move away from dependency!

There are many excellent NGO's that are appealing to the public for funds, donations or time and are urging people to please give what they can to these organisations.

Here is how YOU can help:

Cape Town Charities

The Ark

This NGO gives temporary refuge to those in need. To continue doing this, they need maize meal, soup mix, blankets, warm socks, and cement and roofing sheets for the completion of their dining room. They also need help finishing their website.

5 Old Faure Road, Eersterivier, T: 021-843 3927, www.theark.org.za

The Carpenter's Shop

They provide rehabilitation services and skills training for adults. They always need clothing for men in particular (pants sized 28 to 32, shoes sized 5 to 10, as well as jackets and caps), clothing for women (clothes sized 28 to 34, shoes sized 3 to 6) as well as computers. Clients of theirs also need sponsorship for their studies.

14A Roeland St, T: 021-461 5508, www.tcs.org.za

Catholic Welfare and Development

This charitable organization put together crisis relief basins in winter, for families made homeless through fires and floods. They need blankets, soap and tinned food to put in these basins.

37A Somerset Road, T: 021-425 2095,www.cwd.org.za

The Haven

This Cape Town charity help get the homeless home. They are in need of men's clothing, socks, shoes, pants and beanies, and jackets and jerseys for men and women, as well as tinned food and ingredients for soup.

2 Napier Street, Green Point, T: 021-25 4700, www.haven.org.za

The Homestead

This charitable organization provides residential care and family integration for boys. They are in need of long pants and warm tops (sizes 9/10 to medium) and shoes (sizes 3 to 8) for their boys, and well as a general handyman who is willing to give of their time and expertise.

150 Strand Street, T: 021 419 9763, www.homestead.org.za

StreetSmart

It is hardest not to give to those in need when you have just enjoyed a hearty meal yourself, but StreetSmart has a solution: They've partnered with city restaurants to add a minimum donation of R5 to your bill. Donations go to reintegration, education and skills training initiatives for street kids.

Cnr Buitengracht & Riebeeck Street, T: 021 418 0621, www.streetsmartsa.org.za

SOS Childrens Village Cape Town

Did you ever consider sponsoring a child? This is certainly more of a long-term commitment, but so worth every penny! You will get reports about "your" child in regular intervals and will help a great cause. This childrens' village opened its doors in 1996 and since has grown strong and is now home to over 140 orphaned and abandoned kids.

SOS Childrens Village Thornton, T: 021 531 9487, www.sosvillages.org.za

Cape Town Central Improvement District Initiative

The Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) is a division of the Cape Town Partnership, a collaboration of the public and private sectors, working together to develop, promote and manage Cape Town's Central City.

The Cape Town Partnership and the CCID were formed when the City of Cape Town, the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), the Cape Town Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other stakeholders came together to address issues of urban degeneration, disinvestment in the Central City and related social problems.

The Central City's rapid regeneration process has been built upon the strength and pillars of successful private-public partnerships at both operational and strategic levels.

The Cape Town Central Improvement District recently presented 500 pairs of men's shoes to various Cape Town charities working with homeless people in the Central City. Tasso Evangelinos, COO of the CCID, said that he hoped that the shoes could provide extra comfort and dignity for some of the city's most vulnerable.

The CCID is constantly looking for ways to be proactively involved in programmes that contribute to caring for those who live at the margins of our society.

There are dozens of excellent partner NGO's with whom they work to assist in rehabilitating people from a life on the streets, with all its related social problems.

Have you had any experiences with Cape Town charities and causes you do support? You can contact me on my contact form and let me know which one's are especially supportive and where expats are welcome to lend a hand and get a work permit to help in the charities. Remember you will need a work permit too when lending a hand at an NGO.

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