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.
Jan 12, 2017

Reflecting on 2016

What an incredible year 2016 was for the Topsy Foundation!

2016 certainly was a jam-packed year filled with ups and downs, but fortunately far more ups than downs.

We are, as always, so extremely grateful to everyone who continues to believe in us and in the work we are doing in rural South Africa.

Topsy met this beautiful little girl, Karabo, who has Cerebral Palsy, and who desperately needed help with her buggy/wheelchair which was in disrepair. Her family lives in poverty and could not afford to get her buggy fixed.  With a little bit of TLC, the before and after photos say it all! Look at her stunning smile! We serve the community in many different ways, but this has got to be one of our favourite transformations.

Our staff were fortunate to have been trained on the incredible HearX App. An App that you can use on a phone or tablet, with the use of headphones, to perform hearing and vision testing on site. This means that we can identify those children who have difficulty hearing or a sight impariment straight away and then get them the help that they need in order to lead normal lives.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support this year and for believing in the work that we are doing.  Your valued partnership allows us to make our vision to develop thriving, sustainable communities by creating lasting transformation in individual's lives a reality.  

We are extremely excited for a successful and busy 2017 where we can impact more lives and help be a part of the positive change.

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Oct 19, 2016

Topsy supports vulnerable communities living in rural South Africa

An informal dwelling in rural Mpumalanga
An informal dwelling in rural Mpumalanga

As part of Topsy’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Programme, our community care workers pay home visits to families living in extreme poverty within rural Mpumalanga, South Africa.

The community care workers provide support to families by assisting in the registration of children’s Birth Certificates and Government grants, establishing community food gardens and providing the necessary supported needed in many,  many other situations.

The children in rural South Africa are particularly vulnerable within their communities with many children living in child-headed households, with only one parent or with elderly relatives. Most of these children have to become very independent at a very young age in order to survive. In these communities there is no or little access to electricity and cooking, lighting and heating is done using a flame. Children in these communities are often left unsupervised or with very little supervision as their care givers need to go to work, or go look for work, very early and only return home very late.

This is the tragic story of a mother and her children living in an informal dwelling in Nthoroane, a remote, rural community of Mpumalanga, South Africa.

A few weeks ago, the Mother left the family home early in the morning with little Sizwe (3), to take him to the local Early Childhood Development Centre for the day, leaving Senzo (6), Samele and older brother Mxolisi home alone.

Little did she know, that on this fateful day, their lives would change forever when Senzo accidently set their home on fire and it burnt to the ground.

Devastatingly, Samele, who was only 8 years old, did not survive the fire.

Senzo is still in the hospital with severe burns and his future is uncertain. Mxolisi sustained significant burns but is healing at home.

This family lost everything. 

The community, who themselves live in poverty, donated clothing to the family, showing the true meaning of ‘Ubuntu’ (humanity to others).

Topsy has given the family food parcels and blankets and we will continue to help and support them through this heart-breaking situation with donations and social support.

The local council has provided materials for the family to rebuild their home, but for now they are living with their granny in her informal dwelling. 

This is just one of the many families Topsy is helping and we will continue to work with communities in need, providing support and enabling severely poverty stricken children in rural communities to reach their full potential.

Topsy’s vision is to develop thriving sustainable communities by creating lasting transformation in individuals’ lives.

The family is still in a state of shock
The family is still in a state of shock

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Jul 22, 2016

Topsy Celebrates Mandela

Happy customers at the bake sale
Happy customers at the bake sale

Every year on 18th July, the world, especially South Africans, remembers Nelson Mandela on his birthday. This day is known as Mandela Day. It’s an internationally recognised day of service. Mandela Day was conceptualised on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”. It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

 The Topsy Foundation chose to remember the great man in two ways:

  1.  Topsy Charity Bake Sale. Supporters and partners were invited to spend 67 minutes baking something delicious that could be sold on behalf of Topsy, to raise money for Orphaned and Vulnerable children in rural Mpumalanga.
  2. #TypingforTopsy. A social media drive that could be performed from all corners of the globe. Existing supporters were asked to promote the cause on social media platforms. The aim was to build awareness of the organisation and their mission and vision.

The Results

The day was a huge success. We raised much more than anticipated and are considering making the bake sale a quarterly event in our calendar! As for the social media recruitment drive, we realised that this is not something that can be forced, our support must grow organically.

 We are still busy climbing down from the extreme high of the Mandela Day activities. We are overwhelmed and encouraged by the show of love and support for The Topsy Foundation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who:

  • Brought a cake for us to sell
  • Assisted at the bake sale
  • Bought a slice of deliciousness
  • Dug deep to make a once off donation
  • Dug even deeper to commit to a monthly debit order
  • Liked, shared, commented, posted, tweeted about Topsy on Social Media

We were really moved by the energy we felt from all those involved. Please continue to make every day a Mandela Day, by supporting good causes like Topsy, and serving others. We will continue to share with you the life changing work we are able to do, thanks to your kindness and care. 

Topsy supporters
Topsy supporters
Cake for everybody!
Cake for everybody!

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