Johannesburg, South Africa

The Johannesburg Charity Committee has achieved a great project this year, dedicating its time, fundraising activities and the nomination of 2016 Charity of the Year to the Little Rose Centre in Kliptown, one of the poorest areas in Soweto (Johannesburg). The Little Rose Centre is a creche, a shelter, and a Youth Centre where 140 children are accommodated and receive daycare services, kindergarten classes, after school programs, computer classes, dance workshops, and a soup kitchen.

The generous and resourceful committee decided to help the centre by financing an ingenious project that would have substituted the precarious and dangerous structures in which the Centre’s activities used to take place. The Johannesburg’s staff proposed the ingenious, durable and movable solutions to turn containers into classrooms and living spaces. Inaugurated in 2016, the new Little Rose’s structures have been welcomed by the joy and gratefulness for the kids and volunteers of the Centre, as you can see from the video below. 

Part of a Charity Committee? Take a tip from Johannesburg…

 

"We’re aware that everyone’s working hard and there’s never time to think about things like volunteering. Our top tip? Decide your activities at the start of the year and stick to them. We scheduled a bake sale in February, followed by a quiz night and just went for it. We had a roadmap of activities for the year and allocated funds as we went. It took an hour at the start of the year but saved so much time later."

 

"Don’t hound people: little things like a charity bin enable people to do their bit even if they can’t join in the bigger activities."
Johannesburg charity committee

From left to right: Dirk Lotriet, Benedicte Le Boulenge, Zohra McDoolley-Aimone, Jade Herrington, Simone Pillay, Thandeka Mlala, Kevin Botes. Missing: Shaun Ward, Christophe Zyde, Leon Thomas, Renee Abrahamse, Nick Pascoe.