Charities feeling financial pinch

2015-09-07 07:52

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CHARITY organisations in the province are feeling the financial pinch after the Department of Social Development did not give them a subsidy increase.

Director of services at The Salvation Army Joseph Baynes Children’s Home, Amenda Doubell said “the situation is bad” while the demand for their services is never-ending.

“We are hoping the department will come through for us with an increase in subsidy and that they will fund a social worker post. We also find that funding for projects is available and this is always welcome but we need funding for running costs,” said Doubell.

The 92-year-old Joseph Baynes Children’s Home caters for 82 children, boys and girls aged up to 18 years.

The home has also experienced a decrease in donations.

“The cost of living has increased hugely during the past years. Generally everyone is feeling the financial pinch resulting in less donations,” said Doubell.

She said although the charities had not received an increase on the subsidy, the number of babies needing a home had increased. “Both of our nurseries are always full and we receive a lot of calls from social workers needing to place babies with us,” said Doubell.

Department of Social Development spokesperson Vukani Mbhele said the department was also feeling the financial pinch as much as the charities were.

“In fact, were very upfront with them. We wrote them letters advising them that there will be no subsidy increase for this financial year. The reason … we just do not have enough money to carry us through.

“It’s not only the charities, but even here we are trying every possible way to cut down costs.

“It is not compulsory that every financial year we should increase the subsidy. We have been giving them increases in the previous years, but this time the problem is that the demand has increased,” said Mbhele.

Doubell encouraged people to continue donating to charities.

“We are reliant on our community to support us. It does not matter how small or how large the donation is, everything helps. If we don’t have to buy a loaf of bread, it cuts our monthly expenses,” she said

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