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Spreading Christmas Joy to Children in the Paarl Valley

Christmas came early for hundreds of children in the Paarl Valley this month. Through the Love My Valley Christmas Gift Drive, 352 young children each received a school backpack containing educational supplies, toothpaste, a toothbrush, a bar of soap, a washcloth, a sweet treat and a toy. Additionally, 23 children received empty backpacks for the new school year. This is the third Love My Valley project by Valcare and it was inspired by the realisation [...]

By | Dec 9th, 2021|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

GivingTuesday – Donate Goods to Support Local Nonprofits

You've heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday but have you heard about GivingTuesday? On Tuesday, 30 November, South Africans will join a worldwide movement promoting charitable donations on the Tuesday following Black Friday. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 with one simple goal: to encourage people to do good.  Joining millions around the world This year marks the 10th year of this global celebration of generosity and the movement grows bigger and bigger as more [...]

By | Nov 22nd, 2021|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Addict to Gifted Barista

Thembinkosi Matimba or “TK” to his friends, was raised in four different environments, rotating between families in the Eastern Cape, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, and Stellenbosch. At the age of 10, he was briefly reunited with his mother, then passed forward again to an uncle in Stellenbosch. He always felt more at home on the streets, than inside any home. According to him, he never knew a house where he was not an outsider.  "It's complete madness [...]

By | Nov 17th, 2021|Noticeboard, Stories of Hope|0 Comments

There’s No Cavalry Coming – It’s Time for Business to Step Up to Make Change Happen

There will be no sudden arrival of the cavalry to rescue us and that will affect the socio-economic change South Africa needs anytime soon. The only solution going forward is private/public co-operation and, as harsh as the statement might seem, it’s necessary. Everyday we read about some sort of shortcoming on the public sector’s part while, meanwhile the indigent suffer - with the situation not getting any better.  Government is battling spiraling national debt, poor [...]

By | Nov 10th, 2021|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Vulnerable Girl to Leader, Sport Star and Pageant Winner

Amahle was 14 years old when she was sent to live with her aunt in Delft on the outskirts of Cape Town. Her parents were both unemployed and could not care for her anymore. The move to Delft did not yield positive results. Incidents of abuse occurred at her aunt’s home, and Amahle had to return to her parents in Mbekweni, between Wellington and Paarl in the Western Cape. A choice to create a positive [...]

By | Oct 27th, 2021|Noticeboard, Stories of Hope|0 Comments

Bringing Christmas Joy to Vulnerable Children in the Paarl Valley

As the festive season draws closer, many people are preparing for a special time of celebrations. The reality for most families in the Paarl valley however looks completely different. With 60% of children in South Africa living below the breadline, thousands of children won’t be able to receive Christmas gifts or educational supplies for the new school year. Through the Love My Valley Christmas Gift Drive, residents in Drakenstein are encouraged to open their hearts [...]

By | Oct 15th, 2021|News|0 Comments

5 Top Tips To Help Employees Manage Their Mental Health

A fundamental part of working for a nonprofit in South Africa is serving the community to help vulnerable people in need. This can range from teaching skills, providing food, rehabilitating addicts, supporting victims of abuse, fostering orphaned children, presenting recreational activities, to name but a few. Most of these services regularly expose nonprofit employees to traumatic and stressful situations, and the pandemic has worsened the social challenges that nonprofits have to deal with. An overexposure [...]

By | Oct 13th, 2021|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Nonprofit Mental Health: Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress

October is Mental Health Awareness Month - a topic that is more relevant than ever in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic and the different levels of lockdown have brought to light many socio-economic inequalities in South Africa. The needy became needier and the disadvantaged even more disadvantaged. The role that nonprofit organisations play in communities was magnified and so was their exposure to severely traumatic and stressful situations. While there are many [...]

By | Oct 6th, 2021|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments

Story of Hope: From Gang-member to Talented Performer

Daylin Prins grew up in Lantana, a community outside Paarl, South Africa, which is riddled with gangsterism. Many young people in this community grow up in negative and uninspiring situations.  Life was not different for Daylin. His mother passed away due to skin cancer and his dad was never present in his life, leaving him without direction.  At the age of 15, Daylin fell in with the wrong crowd. He got involved with a gang [...]

By | Sep 23rd, 2021|Noticeboard, Stories of Hope|0 Comments

5 Top Tips to Host Online Events, Trainings and Meetings

With many nonprofits working remotely or being restricted to host big gatherings due to Covid-19 regulations, we have all had to find new ways to connect with one another. Over the last year, we’ve had to adapt or die by attending and hosting online trainings, conferences, networking sessions and meetings. What started out as a temporary solution, has become an integrated method of organisations’ operations and communication. Here are five tips to equip you with [...]

By | Sep 13th, 2021|News, Noticeboard|0 Comments