More than 500 000 South Africans, many of them women and children, could be plunged into further desperation as many of South Africa’s charities battle a funding crisis.
Industry experts revealed that charity organizations, which represent 30% of social services in South Africa, would have R3-billion less to spend on crucial causes this year because of the recession. Child Welfare South Africa told the Sunday Times it was in ‘crisis’ and that there would be a ‘catastrophic impact’ on half a million children if charities did not receive a bailout from government. Some children’s homes have been forced to turn away an increased number of abandoned children. (Sunday Times SA July 2009)
Despite the recession, We - Soul Of Africa are still fulfilling our duty to provide sustainable employment and care for orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. After a 5 -year adventure of commitment and obligation we are still changing lives in South Africa without expecting a hand out. Our passion and commitment are instrumental in ensuring our projects constant progression and success – Soul Of Africa works!
We are Soul Of Africa. What fuels us is the belief that we can make a difference in the lives of orphans and vulnerable children affected by AIDS in South Africa, whilst tackling unemployment through the sale of hand-stitched shoes.
Our purpose is to create self-sustainable employment by teaching previously unemployed women in South Africa to hand-stitch shoes, therefore earning them a living as well as teaching them valuable skills.
Our aim is to improve the lives of as many orphans and vulnerable children – most of these affected by HIV / AIDS - in South Africa as possible. What really makes us believe that we are on the right track is that we have successfully helped 39 projects and have raised R10,491,000.00 (**$1,275,970.00; £783,228.00) toward the care of children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS, since we opened our doors 5-years ago.
We are passionate about what we do and we strongly believe that with your help we can make a difference. Help us fight the war against unemployment and AIDS in South Africa by buying a pair of Soul Of Africa Shoes. By buying a pair of Soul Of Africa Shoes, you could be instrumental in helping to change the lives of unemployed women and vulnerable children in South Africa.
More information about Soul Of Africa can be found online at www.soulofafricacharity.org
In helping non-profit charity organization Soul Of Africa expand and improve their operations, NEXT has generously funded £15,000 ($25,112) toward the building of a stitching centre for Soul Of Africa stitchers in South Africa.
Soul Of Africa creates self-sustainable employment by teaching previously unemployed women hand-stitching of products, therefore earning them a living as well as teaching them valuable skills. A percentage of the manufacturing profits are donated toward the care and upkeep of orphans and children affected by AIDS in South Africa.
With Soul Of Africa expanding to create not only shoes but footballs, clothing, bags and wallets, it has become imperative that a stitching centre is opened to control production and to allow for development of new products on site. Soul Of Africa general manager Stephanie Keast says, “Soul Of Africa are indebted to NEXT for the difference they are making to the project”, and, “The positive spin-off here is that Soul Of Africa will be able to create more long term employment in South Africa, where unemployment is a really big problem”.
LEAP (Life Empowerment Action Programme), a non-profit charity organization who’s mission is similar to Soul Of Africa’s: to uplift and assist poor communities and therefore alleviate poverty and unemployment in South Africa, are funding the balance of the building costs.
Soul Of Africa are passionate about what they do and they strongly believe that with your help they can make a difference. Help Soul Of Africa fight the war against unemployment and AIDS in South Africa by buying a pair of Soul Of Africa Shoes. By buying a pair of Soul Of Africa Shoes, you could be instrumental in helping to change the lives of unemployed women and vulnerable children in South Africa.
More information about Soul Of Africa can be found online at hyperlink http://www.soulofafricacharity.org
Soul Of Africa continues to advance its mission of making a difference in the lives of thousands of orphans and vulnerable children affected by AIDS in South Africa, whilst tackling unemployment through the sale of our shoes. Through the selling of Soul Of Africa shoes we have seen many lives change for the better.
In particular, Soul Of Africa has enjoyed great success in the past year. Shoe sales for Spring/Summer 2010 have increased from 10,620 pairs last season to 11,200 pairs (Clarks UK) and from 1.032 pairs to 5,113 pairs (Clarks factory). Clarks is to continue to make a difference in Soul Of Africa. With YOUR help we will continue to see improvements.
Myekeni Child Care Development Centre (Soul Of Africa’s latest CDCC) in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, SA is able to look after, teach and feed 40 children age 7, 37 children age 5 & 6 and 20 children age 2 – 5. These children, mostly from child headed households and affected by AIDS, are now being looked after and nurtured in a safe and loving environment.
Soul Of Africa has built a skills development centre to train and teach pupils and members of the community in Molweni KZN. The tribal leaders (Induna’s) from the community of Molweni have asked that their thanks be passed onto you. “Thanks to your help, Philangethemba, which means living through hope, will turn our dream of helping the youth of Molweni find employment, into a reality”.
The loss of family to HIV AIDS, poverty and abuse are just some of the reasons children end up on the streets. Growing up on the streets, the majority of these children are subjected to hunger, fighting prostitution and substance abuse. Substance abuse, mostly glue-sniffing, is common as it is cheap, puts hunger at bay and helps these children escape the nightmare of their world. Despite the prevalence of substance abuse, most of the older children have taken on the role of parents to the younger ones, although there is no biological connection. Soul Of Africa has been able to help Apollo Mweli aka StreetBoy, a man who has dedicated his life to the children of the street. Say’s 13 year-old Sipho, one of the 85 street children that Apollo looks after, “Before Baba Apollo rescued us life was frightening and dangerous, now I am happy because I am loved, go to school, play football and have a full tummy.” Thanks to Soul Of Africa, children like Sipho now have a home. Thanks to all who support Soul Of Africa, Apollo now has a kitchen to cook for the children as opposed to cooking on a fire outside his house. Thanks to you these children now have ablution facilities…… “I am so grateful to Clarks and Soul Of Africa, because without their help and the donations I received I would most certainly have failed at giving these children a new lease on life,” says Apollo.
A new stitching centre has been built for the Soul Of Africa stitchers. With unemployment rampant in South Africa, Soul Of Africa will now be able to create more long term employment.
These are just some of the inspiring projects that Soul Of Africa has been able to fund. With your help, Soul Of Africa has provided thousands of children just this past year with a place to live, learn and feel safe while creating self-sustainable employment for previously unemployed women in South Africa.
With Heartfelt Thanks
Lance Clark and All at Soul Of Africa
Thank you to all our supporters and to everybody who has so willingly contributed toward the Soul Of Africa Project…
Since Jan ’09 to May ’09 12,066 pairs of Soul Of Africa Shoes have been hand-stitched and sold in South Africa, UK and USA. The amount of R392,989 ($49,546; £30,366) has been donated back to the Soul Of Africa Trust for donations to various projects.
A total of 7,794 ladies T-shirts have been sewn in South Africa for NEXT Clothing. 27,945 Baby T-shirts have been sewn in India (third world country) for NEXT Clothing. The total of R279,391 ($34,732; £21,766) has been donated by Next back to the Soul Of Africa Trust for donations to various projects.
In total R672,380 ($84,948; £51,830) has been donated back to The Soul Of Africa Trust from Jan ’09 – May ’09. Soul Of Africa has donated money (with funds raised in previous months in the period Jan ’09 – May ’09) to various projects totaling R1,138,229 ($144,118; £88,100), including:
Soul Of Africa Trust Donations – Jan ’09 – May ’09:
Children and Baby Homes: R326,097 ($40,618; £25,430)
Child Development Care Centres: R279,385 ($34,770; £21,757)
Building of Homes for Child Headed Households: R55,000 ($6,839; £4,283)
Feedback Vehicle (delivery of food to various projects): R60,000 ($7,469; £4,681)
Vincent St Paul (Unit for rape victims): R15,000 ($1,867; £1,169)
NOAH (Funding of a bereavement councillor): R125,000 ($15,530; £9,737)
Sports for Self Esteem and Wellbeing Projects: R15,000 ($1,867; £1,169)
School Fee Project- 144 Children received school fees, Stationary, uniforms and transport monies): R262,747 ($32,640; £20,463)
TOTAL: R1,138,229 ($144,118; £88,100
Thanks to your help the Soul Of Africa stitchers are earning double the average urban monthly income in South Africa of R1,340 ($157.13; £103.20) per month, earned by domestic workers, and are able to support and provide for their families, earning R2,604.00 ($304.98; £200.53) per month by hand stitching Soul Of Africa shoes, clothing and footballs.
Soul Of Africa would like to thank you all for your generosity in making this project a success.
Please visit HYPERLINK "http://www.soulofafricacharity.org" www.soulofafricacharity.org for more information on the Soul Of Africa Project.
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