The Cableway Charity challenge was started to help those in dire need of education support in Cape Town. To date the event has raised more than R6M for various needy causes. All the money raised this far has been handed over to the nominated charities with 10% going to WSAR.
The event is run by Jdi - Just do it. JDI is a Public Benefit Organisation and is registered as the JDI Foundation Trust. JDI was started in 1998 with the idea to create a simple structure that would enable young people to use their centres of influence to learn, understand and then make a difference in other people's lives in South Africa. We wanted to show our friends how easy it was to make a significant impact, to teach them about the problems, the issues and the solutions available.
The JDI ethos shies away from the idea of making nameless donations to organisations where you can’t see how your money is spent, or from encouraging dependency by giving cash to individuals who are sometimes unable to spend it properly. Instead members are encouraged to ‘See. Think. Do’.
The nominated beneficiaries for 2021 are:
Home from Home provides supported and supervised community-based foster care for orphaned, abused, neglected and vulnerable children in South Africa. These children are placed in community based foster homes –‘a normal house, in a normal street’ - where they receive the care and support they need. Home from Home cares for nearly 200 children across the Western Cape. By remaining in community-based homes, the children are able to retain a sense of personal and cultural identity, as well as be raised in their home language.
Creating a loving family home is the foundation of all of our work with children at HfH. This is where HfH creates a second chance for our children to experience family-style life. We do this by providing a comfortable and safe home in the community from which the children originate and employ staff that speak the childrens’ language and understand their culture. Also, Foster Mothers are carefully screened at employment and further trained and supervised during their employ, through our team of Social Workers and Social Auxiliary Workers. We believe that this ‘Loving Family-Home environment’ is essential to the care of our children so they can have the foundation of belonging to a family where important values for life are actively taught. This foundation of a loving and caring environment where positive relationships with ‘brothers’, ‘sisters’ and foster parents is created, is what enables other programmes (Education support, therapeutic intervention; transitional care and support) to be effective in remedying some of the other disadvantages our children come to us with.
CTEET strives to protect the environment by creating opportunities for people to connect with and to benefit from environmental programmes. We are an NPO and PBO established in 2001, through our Creche-to-Career model, have initiated multiple platforms to support our engagement with Capetonians, in particular youth from low-income communities. It is through these sustained and varied engagements with schools and out-of-school youth that we build the passion for environmental champions. The most intensive of these is our Conservation Leadership Programme which identifies youth in Grade 6 and nurtures them for the remainder of their schooling career, exposing them to different careers in the environmental sector, having them champion community action projects and broadening their appreciation of the incredible conservation areas throughout South Africa. In this process we believe we are building a more resilient child who will, in time, take on leadership roles in their communities and in our country.
“Ons Plek”, meaning “a place for us”, was the name given by the delighted previously homeless girl street children when Ons Plek Shelter opened for them in 1988. It is a 24-hour intake, assessment, full range-of-care and family re-unification service. The purpose is to stabilise the behaviour of female street children who have rejected adult authority or have been neglected and thus live outside of societal norms. Ons Plek is the only intake facility for street girls in Cape Town. Providing 24-hour accommodation, counselling and education, while undertaking the complex reunification process with family networks, has been the key to our success.
Once the girls have weaned themselves from street life at Ons Plek, they leave for the next phase of more intensive counselling, education and vocational training at Siviwe Children’s Home. Separated from the girls at Ons Plek, the 14 girls at Siviwe can focus more intensively on building their lives. The facilities are registered children’s homes for 34 children.
Our early intervention community work at Ukondla in Philippi, in a poverty-stricken area, consists of three community-based programmes. Ukondla prevents children dropping out of school, which is the first step to becoming a street child. Interventions include homework, life skills and counselling daily after school.
When the accent of our work shifted from rescuing children already on the street to early intervention the number of girls on the street dropped from 100 potential girls each year to 4.