Topsy Foundation

The Topsy Foundation (NPC) is saving and securing lives in the most impoverished rural communities in South Africa. Topsy partners with rural communities, bringing about change through a multifaceted approach to the consequences of HIV and AIDS.

Topsy Foundation
15 Sloane Street The Brand Building
Bryanston
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2152
South Africa
+27117096806
http://www.topsy.org.za

Director

Silvia de Jager

Management Team

Marianna Pretorius, Carolyn Sullivan, Elizabeth Moshe, Nelly Dyavu, Sharon Pruss

Board of Directors

Nunu Ntshingila, Ouma Masiteng, Andre Gilbertson, Silvia de Jager, Rodney Waldeck, Jana Oosthuizen, Sandesh Singh, Marianna Pretorius, Carolyn Sullivan, Elizabeth Moshe, Nelly Dyavu, Sharon Pruss

Project Leaders

Helen MacKenzie

Mission

The Topsy Foundation (NPC) is saving and securing lives in the most impoverished rural communities in South Africa. Topsy partners with rural communities, bringing about change through a multifaceted approach to the consequences of HIV and AIDS.

Programs

Topsy's interventions are characterised by the provision of medical and social services (with a strong emphasis on wellness) to people and families who do not otherwise have ready access to such services. The organisation's primary objectives are: 1. To offer relief, care, medical and support services, to people living with HIV and AIDS and families who are affected by HIV and AIDS, in rural communities. 2. To provide for the needs and personal development of orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS. 3. Poverty alleviation and the empowerment of rural women through skills training and job creation. We achieve this through the following programmes: 1. Community Outreach Programme a) The Home-Based Care Project b) The Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Project c) The Vegetable Gardening Project 2. Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Clinic Programme a) Provision of ARV Therapy Project b) Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission Project c) HIV Counselling and Testing Project d) Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Project e) General Care for HIV and AIDS patients Project f) Screening for Cervical Cancer Project 3. The Skills Training Programme a) Shukushukuma Beadwork Project b) Tinyiko Sewing Project Noteworthy Points: Topsy has established itself as a credible organisation in the field of HIV and AIDS and is more than adequately resourced to meet our set objectives and targets. We are the only non-profit organisation of its kind in the communities we serve. We reach over 6,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries on a monthly basis. We help people to help themselves through our vegetable gardening and skills training projects. We use a multi-pronged approach to the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS - it is not simply a medical response. The organisation receives corporate support, as well as assistance from the Mpumalanga Department of Health through the provision of ARV and general medication, nutritional supplements and lab costs. Topsy's staff capacity comprises 68 full time employees with notable experience and qualifications, especially in the medical field. Where possible, staff members are recruited from the surrounding communities, so as to create jobs and uplift the area as a whole, as well as bring their knowledge of local problems and needs. Topsy complies with King III recommendations and requirements where applicable. Topsy has an impressive track record of administering funds from donors and has experience in how funds will be monitored and expended. Strict, clear reporting requirements enable accurate monitoring and evaluation of both the programmes and projects we manage. Our monitoring and evaluation aim is to maximise the impact and lessons learnt to minimise the risk of project failure. PWC and De Loitte & Touche audit Topsy's financial accounts annually. The audits of Topsy Foundation have always been without qualification. Income generating projects contribute to organisational financial stability. The beadwork project has been able to sustain itself through the income from sales.

Statistics on Topsy Foundation

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $2,762,030
  • Annual Budget for 2008: $1,307,141
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $2,762,030
  • Other funding sources: Mpumalanga Department of Health Right to Care (USAID) National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund Various other Foundations, Trusts and Corporates
  • Religious Affiliation: No affiliation

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