Citadel organisations

“Everyone needs to be a part of something that restores hope”, words from our Evaluation and Impact Assessor, Mandisa Banjwa.

Tell us about LIV Village

I had the pleasure of visiting LIV as part of a due diligence assignment for Citadel. Lungisisa Indlela Village provides a safe and loving environment for 1000 children. Orphans, children from abusive homes, those affected by HIV or those from neglected and vulnerable backgrounds live in homes built on an 83 acre farm situated on the Cottonlands, Kwa Zulu Natal.

Why is this organisation so important to you?

They are a structured community with a holistic and happy approach to life. Children live in one of 150 homes which are placed strategically across the farm. Unlike state institutional systems, each house has a house–mother and all the children are raised as brothers and sisters. It’s a place of family and gives the children a sense of belonging and purpose. It’s so good to see something which restores hope.

Why do you think they have been so successful in what they do?

Their motto is “Rescue a child, Restore a child, Raise a leader and Release a star” and this is their attitude in their approach to everything they do.

They are successful because they are a self sustaining village. Not only do they provide a loving home for children they also help sustain and uplift the existing rural communities.

Along with the homes, they have an early childhood development centre, primary and secondary schools, a health care centre and a social services department. They are also a farm, which means they are able to sustain themselves in an eco friendly manner.

How can we help?

There are many ways to help, one can visit the village, you can donate, volunteer, even sponsor a child for R1000 for a month, and you can even buy eggs from their farm. Visit http://www.liv-village.com/

 


 

Mmamohau Tswaedi, Evaluations Consultant and travel bug shares an experience that takes her back to her textbook days.

Tell us about GreenABLE

10370442_589919451115417_1024167185120190010_nI visited GreenABLE as part of an evaluation process looking at organisations in the environmental and job creation sectors for Citadel. This made me think back to my college days where I came across a simple textbook illustration based on life chances, with the basic premise where being a well educated, able bodied male in the first world meant your life chances were exponentially greater than being a low trained disabled woman living in a third world rural area.

The people at GreenABLE are essentially breaking down those barriers to ensure the people they work with have a better chance at life.

What happens at GreenABLE?

GreeABLE recycles empty printer cartridges and sells the derived plastic and metals, generating a steady flow of income. They employ a team of previously disadvantaged people with physical disabilities to dismantle plastic and metal components of cartridges which are sold in the recycling market. Employees at GreenABLE are also able to enrol in adult education programmes to add to their skill set.

GreenABLE’s model brings together skills development, employment opportunities and environmental conservation in a very unique way.

Why is this organisation so important to you?

Because they are able to break down barriers in such a clever way and are able to further educate people while doing so. Poor, disabled, uneducated people are given an opportunity to earn a living, continue their education and improve their lives with this amazing business model.

Why do you think GreenABLE has been so successful in what they do?

Opportunities are few in rural areas, more so if you are disadvantaged with a disability or illiteracy, however, GreenABLE has been successful in operating at a grassroots level, empowering people with skills development, combating poverty and more importantly bringing purpose to those who are so often marginalised.

How can we help?

GreenABLE is based in the Kwa -Zulu Natal area, contact jennifer@greenoffice.co.za to find out how you can help.

GreenABLE is the SEED 2014 winner in the waste management category

visit: http://www.seedinit.org/awards/all/2014/1384-greenable.html

 


 

Our Senior Administrator, Monday hater and hopeless romantic, Carmen Coetzee discovers that one good cause often facilitates another…

Which cause would you say is closest to you?

Closest to my heart? That would be anything involving youth, so primarily in education and health.

However, some really adorable creatures stole your heart, tell us more….

I visited SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) to conduct an evaluation for the environmental and conservation sector of Citadel’s philanthropic portfolio.

SANCCOB has been operating for 60 years and is internationally recognised for their extensive experience in hand – rearing sea birds, as well as the rehabilitation and release of oiled and injured sea birds. They are also project administrators, facilitating the funding of projects which are in line with the Biodiversity Management Plan for the African Penguin.

Their passion is backed with the right qualifications and experience, good management team and a good working system. They never take a day off and their rehabilitation team is on 24 hour call. More importantly, penguins are so cute, how can you not love them?

You mentioned that youth is very important to you, how does SANCCOB tie in with that?

What really stood out for me is that SANCCOB visits schools to educate youth about how their behaviour affects the environment in ways that may not necessarily occur to them, for example, littering at the beach may injure penguins.

They conduct workshops for children and the general public on responsible behaviour and awareness of the delicate marine ecosystem. This provides the youth with knowledge that enables them to become responsible for their actions.

Being from a township area what does SANCCOB’s involvement personally mean to you?

SANCCOB not only saves sea birds, it’s much bigger in that they reach out to the youth in poor areas and show them a world that is beyond what they are exposed to. They are able to visit SANCCOB where they are able to care, clean, play with and feed sea birds. They are able to see what happens when everyone helps in doing something good. SANCCOB is a sanctuary that not only fosters sea birds but they are also passionate about educating youth.

How can we help?

I would recommend anyone to visit their offices to see firsthand what they do. They also have a volunteer programme; they have a structured volunteer agency that facilitates this process. There are many other ways to assist, one can donate, buy from their retail store or even attend their annual auction.

Did you know?……13 October is World Penguin day

Visit: http://www.sanccob.co.za/


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