HELPING South Africa

HELPING South Africa

Helping South Africa’s Hope for Warmth

Helping South Africa means we need to be aware and act on the fact that many children have to go through this winter with blankets that are torn and have holes in. They have to share one blanket with their siblings, some have no blanket at all and have to rely on a plastic bag or a carton box to cover themselves. For these families it is a difficulty just to have bread to eat, not to mention to be able to take a few rand and buy a blanket. We have situations where children get into fights with their siblings over a jersey. The elderly suffers just as much. We have elderly people staying in garages, shacks, backrooms with raw cement floors, holes in the walls and broken windows. These are elderly people who do not qualify for government pensions or grants, they also cannot find employment due to their age and/or illnesses.

In a lot of elderly care centers the number of deaths rise in the winter-time as the cold makes it difficult to fight against viruses while already being unwell. We seldom hear about the number of deaths of elderly during winter times as they have been forgotten by their children as they live on their own in cold backrooms and garages. These people really suffer without warm clothing and bedding while often suffering illnesses such as arthritis. Arthritis is already very painful and gets worse with the cold.  They will roll up into a ball and just try and keep warm ending up not being able to get up and find something to eat.  Most do not have a proper meal to start with which results in them getting weaker and weaker.
Winter is a beautiful season but a dreadful one for all destitute families, children and elderly.  It is the longest three months of your life if you have no warm clothes, no warm bedding, live in a room with raw cement floors, holes in your roof and still on top of this you have to fight off the hunger that overcomes you. Where can they find the strength that they need to overcome all of this?

In Helping South Africa, we need to be the change. We can give them the strength. We can lift them up by providing blankets, warm clothing and warm food. Please help us to make a difference in the lives. They suffer so much already. The children, families and elderly that we assist are located across South Africa.

It Costs us +/- R1800 per month per family for their food-parcel which includes healthy, balanced meals.
It Costs us R 800- R1200 for a family of 3 for blankets and at least 2 jerseys and pairs of pants for each.
The fundraising: We are asking for a R 100 donation towards the hope for warmth project.  This can be done via a bank transfer to help us save on bank costs. You will receive a tax (Section 18A) invoice to claim back from tax and a Helping South Africa Warmth Hope ribbon which we hope you will wear with pride knowing what a difference you have made. If you are donating via an Internet Funds Transfer, please send us an e-mail with your details and postal address to ensure you receive your invoice and Hope ribbon.

Examples of what your R 100 donation WILL do:

Feed a child or an elderly person  for 3 days:
1 pair of warm shoes and socks
1 Pair of winter pants & 1 Jersey
1 Jacket
Warm bedding & Blankets
1 Child will be able to take the bus to school for a week and not have to do the 6+ km walk.

To view our NPO and Section 18A certificate please visit our website and while you are visiting, please enjoy our photos and videos.
(To receive copies of our certificates / proof of registration, accounting letters etc. you can email /
Hope you can find it your heart to assist with these projects.

ACC NR; 4080925296

In Helping South Africa we would like the feeding project to continue for a long time to ensure that it really makes an impact. We would greatly appreciate if you would like to assist these projects over a longer period. We do have debit facilities now and will send you debit order form by request.

Yours Faithfully
Leonie Botha
Helping SA
081 703 6774
Fax: 086 509 9871
Alternative email: leonie (@) / leonie (@)
NPO:  115-333
PBO: 930043138
“Generosity consists not the sum given, but the manner in which it is bestowed”