Foundation hosts open day

2017-08-23 06:00

THE Thandanani Children’s Foundation (TCF) held an open day last Friday to show donors, stakeholders and the public what work the organisation has done in 2016 and 2017 so far.

The foundation’s Duncan Andrew said in the past 12 months, the foundation assisted 431 families and 1 421 children.

TCF also gave household equipment to 95 families, issued 324 food vouchers to 112 families and distributed 227 school uniforms.

It further provided support to 158 existing food gardens, established 73 new ones and established 74 self-help groups with a total of 1 423 members who have saved a combined total of R131 514 since June 2014.

“The members recycled this money in the form of loans given to members to the value of R1 517 169,” Andrew said.

He said the loans are granted to members when they urgently need money, for example, either for buying food or for completing emergency household repairs.

“Now we are encouraging members to take loans for starting up income-generating projects rather than for just meeting needs,” Andrew said.

Alex Plowright, who works with the TCF, said the family strengthening model, which the foundation uses to carry out work at community level, is cost effective, sustainable and develops a national strategy for providing care to orphaned, vulnerable children.

“One major strength of this model is that field workers generally come from the communities in which they operate, so they have local knowledge and understanding and know where the problem areas are. They know the people and are well-trusted individuals in these communities,” Plowright said.

She said the model is a great success when it comes to responding to the needs of orphaned, vulnerable children and members of a poverty stricken household.

“So this model really does provide opportunities for each household member to have access to goods and services, which can improve the lives of the children and the care of the household,” she said.
Winners of the Thandanani Get Spotted 4kids competition were announced on the day and a raffle draw was held for a winner.

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