ULUTHO – Inspiring Solutions for Children

Ulutho 2The PE Ulutho branch is co-ordinated by two social workers (one who is an adoptive mother). We aim to develop a support and information network for adoptive and foster families (and those exploring adoption/fostering). We seek to accomplish this through informal gatherings of families, professional and informative inputs for parents, and through providing advice and referrals.

We believe that children grow and develop best within family contexts. We dream of mobilizing the community of Port Elizabeth to provide more support in whatever ways they can, to enable more families to provide such care.

The Establishment of the Ulutho Legal Unit

The work of the Ulutho OVC Program soon led us to realize that the legal rights of OVCs (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) were often overlooked. Already vulnerable children were being traumatised by a system that found it difficult to implement the protection that was found in the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. When researched, it was discovered that there was little if any, easily accessible legal support available for those caring for or working with these children. The fact that certain sections of the Children’s Act were only implemented in 2010 meant:

• It was open to interpretation e.g. social workers and Magistrates sometimes had conflicting understandings of the Act.
• It made professionals nervous to take bold steps e.g. where it should have been argued for adoption, the child was left in foster care as this was the easier option.
• There was not enough training on the Act especially in outlying areas and some professionals simply chose to ignore the Children’s Act e.g. in the eyes of some social workers the mothers rights often superseded the children’s rights notwithstanding that the child was in need of care.
• Lack of resources required to implement this Act resulted in unnecessary delays e.g. court process.
• There was often insufficient accountability on behalf of those that made decisions about the welfare of a child.
• Private legal challenge was too expensive.

The need to establish a Legal Unit was obvious. We could not render a service to these children without including comprehensive legal support.

The aim of the Ulutho Legal Unit is to provide advice, training and advocacy.

• Advice would incorporate accepting cases for individual children whose rights were not protected (in other words, conducting trials on their behalf) and to provide legal advice to NGO’s working with or caring for these children.
• Training would include accredited 2 day training for social workers on the Children’s Act. It would also entail work-shops/ discussion groups for all stakeholders (Police and Magistrate Court officials) on portions of the Children’s Act.
• Advocacy would include lobbying Provincial and National Government Departments to highlight the legal issues confronting OVC’s and the need for greater support. It would also include facilitation between different stakeholders and especially between Justice Department and Social Welfare in order to foster liaison for improved working relationships and to help overcome delays in the system.

Social Work Unit

Ulutho social workers provide the following services:

1) They encourage families to open their homes to orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC).
They do this by hosting work-shops, facilitating awareness campaigns and presenting at community
forums and churches.
2) They introduce and refer the families to the relevant statutory organisations
who provide alternative care services.
3) They facilitate Adoption/ Foster Support Groups for these families and offer counselling to them.
4) Offer physical support which includes the collection of nursery items, clothes and toys.

Our social workers also assist the Legal Unit with the following services:

1) Training on the Children’s Act 38 of 2005.
2) Facilitation between different stake-holders. Examples include
a) Child protection services
b) Social workers and the Department of Social Development.
c) Children’s Court
3) Legal cases
4) Advocacy

How to get involved:

Financial Donations:

Ulutho OVC Program is a program of IYDSA. IYDSA which is a Non Profit Organisation and a Public Benefit

Banking Details:

Beneficiary Name: Institute for Youth Development (Ulutho Account)
Name of Bank First National Bank
Branch Name: Southernwood East London
Branch Code: 210221
Account Code: 62369235546
Type of Account: Cheque
Reference: Ulutho OVC Program

Additional Information:

NPO No: 039-776-NPO
PBO Reference No: 930017284
Income Tax Reference No: 9006/428/16/4
Company Registration No: 2003/023877/08
Vat Registration No: 4630216218
Organisation has Section 18A tax exemption status.

Financial sponsorship is just one way to participate in Ulutho’s vision.

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We welcome any form of donation including:

• Consumables e.g. baby formula, nappies, baby food etc.
• Provision of services e.g. baking of birthday cakes, cooking meals, sewing of clothing and bedding etc.
• Professional support e.g. legal, medical, dental, or educational services.
• Collection of second-hand baby cots, baths, toys, clothes etc.

Program needs that can be supported include:

1) Transport for social workers
2) Administration requirements e.g. manuals
3) Training requirements e.g. training seminars to social workers, other professionals and care-givers

Join arms with us to create awareness and build a network of parents and communities that bring life, healing and love to the precious children of SOUTH AFRICA.

Contact Information:

Jill Pedersen: 074 134 2558
Ingrid Ahlfeldt: 082 550 9039

For social work queries and to join in with Ulutho events feel free to contact us (
If you specifically need legal advice contact the East London team (

Website: www.

IKHAYA McNAMEE Caters for Walmer Township


When you visit Ikhaya McNamee and walk round its airy, spacious bedrooms, its common room and see all the other “mod cons”, it is hard to imagine how much time, effort, faith and plain hard work the good people of St Bernadette’s Conference of St Vincent de Paul in Walmer put into its creation. Among other charitable works by them had been delivering and handing out food parcels to the needy in Walmer Township from the boots of their cars for some time.

The in 1982 they met Ester Mbusi, who lived in Topia Street. Ester spontaneously made her house a distribution point for the parcels and so greatly simplified the work of the St Vincent de Paul members. She also offered to house some of the frail in a shack in her backyard. The shack, however, was in very poor state. It had a pole in the middle supporting the roof. The floor was below ground level ad turned into a pool of water when it rained. And for the few elderly and frail housed there it would have been a death trap in the event of fire.

This so worried Sheila Storar that she appealed to Dr Trudy Thomas, whom she knew, for help. A R2000 donation from her was just the impetus required for a start to provide better and safer accommodation for them. Site No. 30 in Selani Street was acquired and work began to construct a haven that was dry, safe and comfortable. A member, John Molyneaux, who is still active in the movement, managed to source large slabs of polystyrene that could be fitted together to form walls. Together with a building foreman seconded to the project by Brian Sher, a contractor, a building was erected. The walls were lined with wire mesh then plastered over to give a sturdy structure that could house six people. Paddy McNamee, also a member, who eventually moved to Australia, was employed by the then Bantu Administration and he unravelled the tangle of red tape and also did sterling work on the project. So much was this appreciated, that it was named Ikhaya McNamee in his honour. Later a well-equipped mobile home was incorporated and 14 people could be housed and cared for.



Some 24 years on, wind, rain and sun had not been kind to the haven. It was deteriorating badly and was in need of urgent attention. In 2005 Peter van Staden, the president of the St Bernadette’s Conference, applied to the Lotto for funds and R1,8m was granted for the necessary refurbishment and improvements.

Plans were drawn up, municipal approval obtained and the Ikhaya McNamee that you see today was built, furnished, equipped and staffed. It could accommodate 16 people. An application to the Department of Social Development to have the haven registered as a frail care facility was successful and a subsidy for 12 beds was granted. With that came more demanding requirements for resources in administration staffing, management and control, and permanent supervision.

Thus it was that an enterprise started in a backyard shack in Topia Street by a group of volunteers had come of age and now required the presence of a professional body well versed in the field of caring for the frail and aged. It was the Echo Foundation that they turned in their quest for long-term viability and security. Negotiations were successful and in 2008, after years of laudable work done with unwavering steadfastness, the home was handed over and its future secured.


The ladies and gentlemen that it home enjoy the undivided attention of assistant nurse Liska Oelofse and care workers, who make sure that their days are active, carefree and secure. Liska has lived in the home in her own flat for three and a half years. She trained at the Provincial Hospital in Port Elizabeth.

The Department of Social Services still only subsidises 12 beds and that the maximum number of residents has never exceeded 14. That’s not the only limiting factor though. There are many organisations at work in the community providing a variety of services and there is still a general preference to keep the elderly in the extended family. It has been noted that subtle changes are taking place and with growing affluence, mounting interest is being shown in Ikhaya McNamee and the services it provides. More members of the community are investigating it and find it a good place that provides quality care for the special needs of the aged and frail members of their families, and decide to place them there and not feel that they are abandoning them.


They have 12 residents and could accommodate 16, but because of the financial constraints we cannot admit more than 12. The home could do with comfortable outdoor chairs and a couple of outdoor tables. Also, some matching crockery, duvet inners, bedside mats, non-slip bath mats, matching curtains etc.
Another great need is for nappies. Most of the residents are incontinent and to supply them with nappies for a month cost R 800 per person.
The residents at Ikaya enjoy singing and music, someone to do manicures and pedicures etc. They enjoy it when the community visits them.


Joey Lohuis
Tel: 041 586 0156


The world’s first rent-free, premises-free, free “POP-UP clothing store” for the poor, found entirely on the street and curated by you.


We wanted to bridge the gap between the have’s and the have-not’s so we’re taking to the streets. The world’s first “pop-up-store” for the poor. Hang up donated clothes, drop shoes in boxes. Then the homeless can help themselves. All donations made to the street store are free for the homeless to browse through and keep.


The Street Store began as an initiative for a homeless shelter in our area in Cape Town, South Africa. But soon we realized that homelessness and poverty isn’t a uniquely Cape Town problem, and therefore The Street Store shouldn’t be uniquely a Cape Town solution.
We discussed our revelation with the homeless shelter, and they gave us the go-ahead to make the concept open to absolutely any organization in need in South Africa and worldwide.
That’s how it all happened. Now anyone can download the posters and host The Street Store in their area, to make a difference to those who need it most.
So hang up, to help out. And let the homeless help themselves.

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The world’s first rent-free, premises-free, free “pop-up clothing store” for the poor, found entirely on the street and curated by you.
Every country has a lot of have-nots. But also has a lot of haves. So how do we remind the haves, that the have-nots need help?
By finding a middle ground – the street.
Introducing The Street Store.
A store made just out of posters. It’s where you “hang up” donated clothes and drop shoes into “boxes”, and then the homeless help themselves.
Because you have something the homeless don’t; clothes you choose not to wear.


Contact them via their website

Watch the video:


calabash-trustIn African culture, the Calabash has always been a useful item for communities – from being harvested young to eat as a vegetable, hollowed out and dried for carrying water, storing, making musical instruments and hats, to more recently being used as a helmet on motorcycles – it is adaptable enough to be used in many different ways. This is how Calabash Trust operates, in a reflective and adaptive manner, ensuring we remain relevant and useful for our community partners.

Calabash Trust, the philanthropic arm of Calabash Tours, is a non-profit and public benefit organisation in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, who has been working on various programmes in partnership with local schools and communities in the urban township areas for over 14 years.
We facilitate community schools (that are willing partners) through parent and community engagement, using Asset Based Community-led Development (ABCD), story-telling, arts and permaculture design as tools. We help people acknowledge their own assets to use for social and economic upliftment.

Vision: Empowered, confident and resilient communities taking charge of their own lives; utilising local resources; working together towards social, environmental and economic equality and justice.

Mission statement: To empower and support previously disadvantaged communities in Nelson Mandela Bay through the facilitation of “community schools”, thereby unlocking inherent potential, increasing capacity, stimulating self-reliance and leveraging existing community assets.

Objectives and activities:

• A select number of schools are transformed into “community schools” and are recognized as centers of learning and opportunity for the surrounding community.
Facilitating community schools by using a variety of appropriate tools, including ABCD, story-telling, arts and permaculture.
Facilitating access to networks and resources.

• Local schools are participating in an international network of support and learning.
Connecting schools and communities through international partnerships, volunteer placements and responsible tourism.

• Calabash is a self-sustaining, continuously adapting and reflective organization.
Ensuring annual strategic thinking and operational planning.
Conducting an external evaluation in 2018.

One of the Projects: Qhamani Garden Club at WB Tshume Primary School

IMG_0648-420x180The newly formed environmental group having fun at WB Tshume Primary School…they decided to call themselves Qhamani Garden Club, meaning “to have more” or “abundance”. They also decided that they want to be involved in order to make their school strong and beautiful, full of plants, trees, flowers, water, healthy soil, vegetables and fruit! They therefore want to “raise their garden” and learn more about nature, how plants grow, how to plant what and when. Qhamani garden club work and learn together on Wednesday afternoons together with the Milani group and Calabash.

Individual Volunteering

As part of offering authentic opportunities to engage and interact with local communities, Calabash Tours offers volunteer placements for individual volunteers.

We have initiated community partnerships with 7 local primary schools, as well as a community care organisations, and a variety of other community based organisations, which need assistance from volunteers.

Calabash works hard to ensure that your volunteer placement is rich and rewarding for you, but that it essentially serves the local community too. We focus primarily on ways to ensure that skills are shared, and that mutual learning takes place.

As we work with vulnerable adults and children, we do require a screening process for all our volunteers. For this reason, we have developed a strong working relationship with the sending organisation ‘people and places’ who are world leaders in responsible volunteering.

Contact Details
Calabash Trust
Office: +27 (0)41 582 2221
Cell: +27 (0)82 541 0371

Aurora Special Care Centre

The Centre caters for profoundly mentally and physically disabled children and adults.


Our centre started from humble beginnings in 1978, with just 6 children and has since – with the love an support of many caring friends – grown into the caring “home from home” for 40 full time residents, 106 children and adults who attend our stimulation centre daily and 12 mildly disabled adults in our Group Home.

The Aurora Special Care Centre is a Non-Profit Organisation, and we value the support of our wonderful friends, donors, volunteers and the community.

Our Services


The stimulation centre operates from 8-12 daily following the provincial school calendar. Junior classes are divided according to ability and the Senior’s according to age. A programme of basic self care skills eg eating, toilet training and discipline is crucial to the development of each child and adult. Dedication, training and encouragement from the staff at Aurora enable them to fulfil these needs. The programme includes entertainment, singing, wheelchair dancing, computers, outings, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, light therapy and different educational activities. They enjoy a busy morning at the centre.


Physiotherapy is aimed at using functional activities and play to help each child to reach his/her potential developmental milestones.Therapy helps to maintain mobility and to prevent contractures and deformities. We provide the necessary support and training to staff  and parents. Assistive devices, such as standing frames, walkers and orthotics, play a significant and supportive role in the management of most of the children.

Correct seating plays a dynamic role in maintaining good postural control and to prevent or deterioration of deformities such as scoliosis, kyphosis, hip dislocation, etc. We have a very good support team of specialists, i.e. pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, orthotist, seating specialists, etc. who assists us in the management of the children and adults. We work as part of a multi-disciplinary team who establishes positive relationships and communication in the best interest of the child. We also provide support, resources and training to the community.

OccupationalOccupational therapy

Occupational Therapy plays an essential role to ensure school readiness in children with disabilities. It addresses visual perception and fine motor issues needed for schooling (example reading, writing). This is of vital importance in the early intervention phase and to motivate possible future placement by the Department of Education. Occupational Therapy plays an essential role in improving sensory stimulation and integration in children.

Physiotherapists will find it more difficult to address motor difficulties if a child is not modulated. Sensory integration and more specifically sensory sensitivities will have a huge impact on feeding of the children and their tolerance to different foods. Modulation also has an impact on attention and this has a direct effect on other therapies and schooling possibilities. The Occupational Therapists assists in hand function, something that is a big problem for many of the children with physical disabilities.

Speech-therapy-2Speech Therapy

The role of the Speech therapist is to: 1) Ensure that are at no risk whatsoever of aspiration and are fed as safely as possible. It is of the utmost importance that these children be assessed on a regular basis to determine if their current feeding posture and feeding utensils as well as texture and consistency of food is ideal for them. 2) Language development. The role of the Speech Therapist at Aurora Stimulation Centre is as follows: a) Assess the language and communication abilities of all new children, b) To provide either individual therapy or group therapy, depending on the needs of each child, c) Assessing learners who are ready for placement by the Education Department and d) Assessing learners who find verbal communication difficult and whom will be better suited to AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication). The Speech Therapist plays a vital role in the selection of vocabulary needed for these communication devices as well developing the skills needed for successful communication (making sentences, developing early literacy skills etc).

eatingEating & Chewing

Simple things like eating and swallowing are crucial to the advancement of some of our children. Did you know that if you don’t learn how to chew you won’t be able to talk? We have children aged 7 yrs who are still learning to chew properly.Every single child has different dietary needs, depending on what they can digest, whether they are able to chew and what their allergies are. Because many children can’t chew, they are fed using a PEG feeding method. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is an endoscopic medical procedure in which a tube (PEG tube) is passed into a patient’s stomach through the abdominal wall, most commonly to provide a means of feeding when oral intake is not adequate (for example, because of dysphagia orsedation). This provides enteral nutrition (making use of the natural digestion process of the gastrointestinal tract) despite bypassing the mouth.

hydroHydrotherapy & Light Therapy

The warmth, buoyancy and viscosity of the warm water makes movement easier and improves mobility and range of movement. It provides a safe environment to increase strength, improve balance and decrease fear of falling. It is also an excellent opportunity for one on one bonding with the child / adult which enhances socialization and enjoyment. With appropriate light intensity and movement accompanied by specific music we attempt to elicit Beta brainwaves which put the brain at an optimal state of learning.

Our Wishlist!

We have our 2 Charity Shops. These shops are great to browse through, and you can pick up a good bargain. The shop is run by Residents and Volunteers and is one of our primary ongoing fundraisers. The one Charity shop is situated at 68 Worraker Street, Newton Park, and the second charity shop is at Aurora, 52 Alan Drive, Walmer Downs (as you drive in on the left). Trading hours are from 10-4pm

We have lots of interesting goodies for sale from both shops and goods may be dropped off at both shops. We also welcome your donations. Our trading hours are Monday to Friday 10am-6pm.

We need:
• Microwaves
• Small fridge
• Kettles
• Children’s thick paintbrushes
• Kiddies bean bags
• CD Players
• Plastic crockery and cutlery
• Face cloths & Towels
• Disposable nappies
• Sandpit toys
• Pressure Gun – cleaning
• Big Umbrella’s
• Bathing costumes (all in one, with the zip)
• Pool Toys (Water wings, pool noodles, floating devices)
• Big Yoga Balls
• Plastic containers for storage of toys
• Reams of paper
• Serving trolley
• Jumping Castle
• Curtains


Aurora’s doors are always open to anyone who would like to visit our centre and to spend time volunteering. Our volunteers get involved with various activities.

Wheelchair-DancingWheelchair dancing:

This is an activity based on the patterns and formations of Scottish Country Dancing which has been adapted to suit the movements possible for wheelchairs. We work with groups of 8 (or sometimes 6) wheelchairs at a time. Each wheelchair has a pusher.

Some of the music we use is traditional happy Scottish or Irish music and some of the music is modern South African music. Our Sessions are enjoyed by the children who smile and beat to the music, and also by the pushers. We all look forward to our wheelchair dancing sessions.

Card making:

A group of about 10 to 12 people meet on a Wednesday afternoon between 2 and 4pm at the Aurora Special Care Centre to recondition second hand greeting cards which are then sold on behalf of Aurora. We are always in need of greeting cards as well as volunteers to join us on a Wednesday and more outlets to sell the cards (hairdressers, chemists, tea rooms etc) For more information contact Barbara Fowler: 072 079 3846 or 041 360 7781


The warmth, buoyancy and viscosity of the warm water makes movement easier and improves mobility and range of movement. It provides a safe environment to increase strength, improve balance and decrease fear of falling. It is also an excellent opportunity for one on one bonding with the child / adult which enhances socialization and enjoyment. We are always in need of assistance in the swimming pool. Our sessions are Monday to Friday from 08.30 till 10.00.

Playing and spending time with the children:

We always appreciate an extra set of hands in the classroom. Feeding, reading, playing and spending time with the children. Our children need a lot of care and attention, and the volunteers really enjoy spending time with them. The children love playing with their toys, going for walks or looking at pictures. Each child and adult has very individual needs, so the more people spending time with them – the more individual attention each is able to receive.

Contact us

Telephone: 041 368 6180
Fax: 041 368 6183
Postal Address: PO Box 34368, Newton Park, 6055
Physical Address: 52 Alan Drive, Walmer Downs, Port Elizabeth, 6070
NPO #: 003-605
Charity Shop: 68 Worraker Street, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth

Invitation: JUST1HR Leadership Forum 26 November 2014

Dear JUST1HOUR Leaders

The purpose of the JUST1HR Leadership Forum is to serve our city by serving its leaders. We seek to serve you by creating an environment where you can receive encouragement, engage around cutting edge leadership information and interact with other leaders who pour themselves out each day in their areas of influence.
Please note that there is no cost associated with attending JUST1HR Forum meetings.

The Black/White Thing

For the final session of 2014 we would like to pick up the conversation around healing and overcoming racial barriers and, most importantly, the vital role that we, as leaders, play in bringing about change in a practical way. The session will take the form of a panel discussion with leading “thinkers and doers” who are at the forefront of this move towards enabling people to make decisions about their behaviours and thinking.

Luvuyo BangaziPanellists: Kazeka Kuse, Luke Watson, Luvuyo Bongazi

Date: Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Time: 18h00 – 18h59
Venue: Walmer Methodist Church, Main Road, Walmer

It is essential that you RSVP to Gillian by 10am on Tuesday, 25th November 2014 if you are going to join us. If you know others out there who are serving their organisations with all their energy and who could use a ‘top up’, please feel free to invite them to join us on the 1st. Please let us know if you will be bringing any guests as we need to know exact numbers.

Looking forward to seeing you there!



Gillian Morrison

ETQA/Operations Manager EC

Primeserv HR Solutions

Tel:       +27 (0)41 072 0272

Fax:       +27 (0)86 274 4661

Cell:      +27 (0)76 895 7327



Leva Foundation

Fathers House Leva Foundation is a Public Beneficiary Organisation founded in 2013 and is aimed at providing employable skills development throughout the Eastern Cape and South Africa. We have a desire to be involved in community upliftment and development by starting a culture of “giving people the skills and opportunities to better themselves and the people around them”.

We believe that we cannot help anyone but rather walk with someone and give them the tools they need to help themselves.

Our primary focus is soical upliftment through skills development. We also run and support many other projects within the N.P.O. space.

WORK 4aLiving

One of the projects run by the Leva Foundation is WORK 4aLiving.

At Work 4 a Living we resolutely believe in the precept, “Teach a man to fish…”.
At the same time, we also believe that poverty will not be alleviated until the worldview of individuals is addressed.

Once a student has completed the 2 week phase 1 program we support them in 4 key areas. One of which is employment whereby we match employers and employees via our job centre. We seek employment opportunities for our students by referring them to interviews.

WORK 4aLiving programme teaches:

• How to find a job
• How to keep a job
• How to be promoted
• How to work to standard of excellence
• Financial literacy
• Principles of how to start and run a business

Addresses ideological barriers:

• Poverty Mindset – “I am poor, I will always be poor. I cannot change…”
• Spirit of entitlement – “I am owed something…”
• Dependency syndrome – “the government must give me a job…”
• Morals & ethics

All graduates of the programme leave equipped to:

• Conduct a professional job search
• Excel in a job interview
• Communicate effectively with an employer
• Understand where employee’s loyalty should be
• Take ownership of his/her Job, promotional potential & career
• Understand that only excellence should be promoted
• Be financially literate & understanding compound interest
• Implement effective time management
• Understand professional conduct in workplace
• Understand an employer’s perspective
• Serve customers professionally
• Evaluate moral character and consequence of decisions
• Start and maintain a business


• 550 young unemployed youth completed the WORK 4aLiving programme
• 160 are in gainful employment
• 65 micro businesses have been started.
• 151 studied further – Gr 12 or redoing some subjects such as Mathematics and Science or further tertiary education
• 179 people completed a computer course (with the help of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
• 600 – 1000 students per WORK 4aLiving Centre.
• On average 60% of our 3E students find employment within 3-6 months, some much sooner

A Fighting Chance SA




‘A Fighting Chance’ is a registered non-profit organization [126-055 NPO] based out of Nelson Mandela Bay, and its birth is attributed to escalating numbers of substance abusers in our communities. We provide community services regarding substance abuse, human trafficking, gangs and other related issues.


Through holistic support, counselling, education and life skills training, ‘A Fighting Chance’ re-integrates substance abusers, trafficking victims and gangsters into our communities so that they may be a productive member of society adding value and improvement of community life.


Our vision is to see a community empowered to stand up against substance abuse, human trafficking and the social evils that go hand in hand with these oppressive behaviours. Our aim is to see that members have “a fighting chance”.


To provide community services regarding substance abuse, human trafficking, gangs and other related issues.
To educate communities on crippling social issues, raising awareness and unity through community events.
To run rehabilitation programs that offers holistic support and care for substance abusers and human trafficking victims.
To run a re-integration support system, through counselling and teaching, for substance abusers, trafficking victims and gang members who want to break free from that way of life.
To work in collaboration with other organizations or individual parties that deal mainly with similar services and goals.


A Fighting Chance works heavily in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth running preventative measures against drug abuse. We work in primary and high schools, community events and public forums raising awareness on the topic of drug abuse. Our chairman, a recovered addict himself, shares his personal story of substance abuse and recovery to warn the community and to bring a message of hope that recovery is possible.


We have discovered that the community is all too familiar with the effects of substance abuse but are unaware of treatment options and are in desperate need of hope for recovery. So we also focus on providing intervention services to fill this gap. A Fighting Chance offers drug counselling including one or more of the following: assessment process of gathering, analysing, interpreting case information about client, lay counselling one-on-one, lay counselling group sessions, referrals to further treatment such as medical detox, HIV testing and physiologist, further out-patient services such as SANCA, social workers or support groups and/or referrals and applications to in-patient services such as rehabilitation centres or hospitals.

Sponsorship opportunities to help an individual to recovery:

With the help of people we are able to help people who cannot afford the cost of a rehabilitation programs. Most addicts A Fighting Chance work with come from disadvantaged areas. Usually the product of broken homes and poverty, addicts rarely have a support system or financial means to cover the costs of a treatment program. Addicts can achieve full recovery and become contributing members of society if given a fighting chance.

Below are our most referred and used treatment options.
1. Teen Challenge: Residential treatment program, 12 months long. Males and females, ages 18 and up. Males in Pretoria, Females in Cape Town. Admission fee of R2000 followed by R1, 500 per month. Travel costs to centre not included in this price.
2. Sheppard’s Field: Residential treatment program, 4-6 months long. Males age 18 and up. Medical Aid coverage if possible, if not, R3, 500 per month.
3. MES: Overnight shelter. Males and females. R30 per night. Currently have account set up for A Fighting Chance referred clients, getting an addict of the street.
4. SANCA: Out-patient treatment including drug testing, access to social workers and support group. Males and females of all ages. Prices vary.


Cell: 084 313 1983
Address: 9 Booysen Street, Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, 6020

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation – Port Elizabeth

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation – the name is an acronym for Childrens’ Haematology Oncology Clinics, and is member of the International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organisations.

CHOC-Childhood-Cancer-Foundation-SA-banner-400x155Our aim is to contribute to the well-being of children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. CHOC Countrywide have Houses and/or Lodges which have been kindly sponsored in order to provide the families and the children with a home away from home for the duration of their treatment and any follow-up treatment.

The CHOC Lodge at the Dora Nginza Hospital, Port Elizabeth is conveniently situated adjacent to our administration office and is managed by a Lodge Manager, providing free accommodation with three meals per day for the parents whilst their child is in the Oncology Ward or Clinic receiving their treatment, 7 days a week, 12 months of the year. If treatment for the child is on each alternate day, then the child stays at the lodge with the parent or the legal guardian.

With this in mind and to totally support the families and their children, we provide the parents and the children with all their toiletries e.g. toothpaste and toothbrush (adults & children), toilet soap, powder, aqueous cream, for the duration of their stay, thus ensuring good hygiene and a healthy and clean living environment.

Furthermore, we provide funding for transport for each child’s treatment on a return trip basis to ensure that the child returns to complete the course of their relevant treatment programme – covering an area from George to Queenstown, Grahamstown, Alexandria (Eastern Cape), Kenton-on-Sea and many more outlying towns.

From January 2015, we will have a full time Social Worker in the employ of CHOC Port Elizabeth and based at the Paediatric Oncology Ward on a full time basis to further enhance the assistance and support of CHOC in “keeping more than hope alive” for the parents and children.

Contact details:

Marcelle Thompson
Branch Manager – Port Elizabeth
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation “Keeping more than Hope Alive”
2nd Floor, Building K, Dora Nginza Hospital, 3 Spondo Road, Zwide, Port Elizabeth 6201
Tel: 086 111 2110 / 041 464 0005
Fax: 041 459 1102
Cell: 082 877 9992

Business Against Crime (Eastern Cape)

Our Vision

A safe and secure Eastern Cape Province, whose people can live without the threat of crime and violence.

We are aware that, for too long, we have been applying technological responses to ideological problems; by which we mean that criminal behaviour is not significantly reduced by promulgating more laws, meting out harsher sentences, erecting more CCTV cameras, building sturdier fences, deploying more police officers, etc.

Our approach to reducing crime MUST also include the building of social cohesion – which includes individuals feeling connected, and belonging to their communities. It MUST include moral regeneration, consciousness-raising, parental skills training, building self-esteem, self-respect, and challenging social norms at the community level.

As such, Business Against Crime (Eastern Cape) is intent on being a change agent, by facilitating multi-organizational, integrated approaches to redirecting anti-social behaviour in favour of life-supporting alternatives.

What We Do

In response to former President Nelson Mandela’s invitation for business to join the government in the fight against crime, Business Against Crime (Eastern Cape) was founded in March 1997.

Business Against Crime (Eastern Cape) partners with Government, business and numerous other NPC’s and allied organizations, establishing, managing and maintaining a variety of crime-fighting and consciousness-raising initiatives throughout the Eastern Cape. We also serve as a link between private enterprise and Government, facilitating the adoption and sharing of “best practice” methodologies.

A message from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond M. Tutu:

“Please support, in whatever way you can, the various pro-active, crime-fighting initiatives undertaken by BAC (EC).  As a Section 21 (non-profit) company, Business Against Crime (EC) relies heavily on the support of like-minded people like you. Rest assured that, with your support, the tide against lawlessness in South Africa can, and will be turned around, so that the people of this beautiful country can live, work, and play without the threat of crime and violence.  God bless you.”


Business Against Crime (Eastern Cape) engages in medium to long- term projects aimed at addressing a wide range of criminality, including the causes thereof.

“School Watch” Project:

As part of the “RRR” and “RUR” project roll-out, Business Against Crime (EC) has, during the past six years, facilitated the training of ± 3,000 volunteer community patrollers, all of whom are members of bona-fide Sector Crime Sub-Forums, Neighbourhood Watch Forums, and Street Committees. Once trained, and thanks to the generous support of our private-sector benefactors, we provide them with the necessary equipment (e.g., reflective vests, whistles, incident notebooks, 2-way VHF radios, signage) to effectively and safely patrol their neighbourhoods, serving as the proverbial “eyes and ears” of the South African Police Service who, in tandem with designated private security companies, provide emergency back-up and support services on a “24/7” basis.

School Watch Patroller Training

School Watch Patroller Training

The “School Watch” project is a corollary of our “Rapid Urban Response” (RUR) and “Rapid Rural Response” (RRR) initiatives. Now that the “RRR” and “RUR” projects have reached maturity, we are acting on the numerous appeals being received from school principals, governing bodies and concerned parents to assist in reducing the following negative influences from the vicinity of, and within “at risk” schools: Bullying; gangs, and the promulgation of drugs. Deviant behaviour emanating from these three sources accounts for much of the violence perpetrated against women and children.

“Safe House” Project:

A natural extension of the “School Watch” project is the establishment of short-term, emergency shelters in the vicinity of “at risk” schools. These “Safe Houses” take the form of homes made available by vetted and trained residents. Victims (mostly women and children) are afforded a sanctuary until the proverbial “cavalry” arrive – e.g., traffic, fire, ambulance, SAPS, specialist NPC’s.

Trained Safe House Operators Receiving Signage

Trained Safe House Operators Receiving Signage

Business Against Crime (EC) oversees the process by providing clearly visible signage for participating homeowners, facilitating comprehensive training for “Safe House” operators, and providing them (via our corporate supporters) with the necessary cellphone vouchers to enable them to communicate with one another, and with 24/7 emergency backup services.

How You Can Help

As a registered NPO (Section 21) organization, we rely heavily on the goodwill and support of businesses, trusts and foundations, and kind-hearted people like you.

We are HUGELY appreciative of any support you may be able to provide; whether financially or “in kind.” Typically, we like to give donors and sponsors as much Public Relations acknowledgement as possible (at your discretion) in the local media (radio, TV, press, newsletters).

Any donation over R100 qualifies for a “Section 18(a)” tax receipt, enabling you to claim your portion back from SARS.

We also welcome volunteers, to help organize and conduct special fundraising events on behalf of Business Against Crime (Eastern Cape).

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you, and discuss projects that you can support / sponsor.

“He who does nothing for others, does nothing for himself.” Goethe

Urgent Needs

Safe Houses:  This initiative makes it possible for home-owners to make their residences available to the community as temporary places of shelter for vulnerable women and children.  I stress the word “temporary,” since the Safe House operator is provided with a comprehensive list of professional support services (SAPS, Dept. of Social Development, Municipal Emergency Services, Private Security Industry participants, and a litany of special-needs NPC’s) who can be called upon to come to the victim’s rescue.  At present we have ten (10) “Safe Houses” in PE’s Northern Areas.  We would like to have the same network of “Safe Houses” in Walmer Township (Gqebera).

If you would like to serve your community as a “Safe House” operator, please contac Bryan Howard.

Contact Details

Bryan Howard (MD)

Phone: 041-373-6401

Fax: 086-671-7283


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