Vukukhanye is a nonprofit and public benefit organisation, formed in 2002. Vukukhanye operates and supports community-based development projects aimed at providing care to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), as well as the continued development of the historically-disadvantaged community of Chesterville in Cato Manor, KwaZulu-Natal.
Its mission is to support and develop OVC and vulnerable families, particularly in Chesterville, though the provision of the following:
- OVC and other welfare support services in order to support social cohesion;
- Operation of a children’s foster home for the holistic residential care of OVC;
- Support of early childhood development, through the development and operation of a new preschool in Chesterville (staff training and quality care/education);
- Provision of long-term renewable school and tertiary bursaries;
- Material and other support to Chesterville preschools and schools; and
- Empower and support local black entrepreneurs to own and manage a ‘Sport For All Chesterville’ social franchise.
Through community partnership and leadership development to play a meaningful role in the holistic development of the community of Chesterville.
- A Children's Foster Home (established in 2001) provides care for abandoned, abused, neglected, orphaned or homeless children, or any other child in need of immediate care; including those affected or infected by HIV/AIDS. Education of the children while at the Home is a priority and children of school-going age are enrolled in local schools. A stable home environment and associated services (education, nutrition, legal, financial, psychological, health etc.) are provided, to help the children grow up to be healthy, educated, socially well-adjusted adults. It is intended that whenever possible, children be reintegrated into their family/community, or placed with adoptive/foster parents. Over 68 children have been cared for to date. The Home cares for six to eight vulnerable children at a time;
- The Vukukhanye Educare Centre (established in February 2012) enrols 44 children under five years of age. The centre aims to improve the provision of quality preschool education in Chesterville. The school, which operates from two new prefabricated classrooms and five 2nd hand park homes, is run by seven volunteer staff (one supervisor, four teachers and two kitchen staff). Developing the staff by equipping them with early childhood education and management skills is a priority. The children receive two meals per day, as well as a mid-morning snack;
- Through partnership with local business and preschools, Vukukhanye facilitates support of preschools in Chesterville through the provision of resources, school upgrades and training;
- A Bursary Project offering long-term renewable bursaries to children from three Chesterville schools, with four new bursaries offered per year (Grades 1, 5, 8 and 12). Vukukhanye started the Bursary Project in 2008 in order to help disadvantaged children from Chesterville achieve tertiary qualifications. The organisation is currently supporting twenty two bursary students; eight at tertiary institutions and 14 at school. It is proud of its bursars, who are progressing well. The tertiary fields being studied are biological sciences, marketing management, bachelor of commerce, civil engineering, information technology and nursing;
- Vukukhanye provides health and welfare support services in Chesterville through its two community workers who conduct home visits and follow up on vulnerable families in Chesterville. Services include social needs assistance, accessing official documentation and grants, support of child-headed families and families in crisis, infant formula, food and school needs, follow-up on cases of child-abuse and material support. Partnership with the Starfish Greathearts Foundation has contributed significantly to the sustainability of these services.
- Counselling and supportive services, including caregiver support programmes, are offered by Vukukhanye’s community workers at the Jes Foord Community Care Centre four days per week, with an average of 10 clients per day;
- ‘Sport For All Chesterville', an after-school sport project operating at the Chesterville Sports ground. The overall aim of this project is to contribute to youth development, crime prevention and the development of sporting talent within the school-going youth of Chesterville. The project provides a trusted, safe environment for children; where they have access to sports coaching and sporting equipment daily after school.
Challenges and Opportunities
While Vukukhanye has developed good relationships with a number of corporate and individual partners, the organisation seeks further support from those who identify with its objectives. It needs donors who are willing to commit to the ongoing financial support of our community upliftment initiatives. By donating to Vukukhanye work, you will help to improve the lives of the poor and disadvantaged. All donations to Vukukhanye are subject to an income tax exemption in terms of Section 18a of the Income Tax Act (RSA) and donations (up to one percent of net profit after tax) qualify as Socio-Economic Development (B-BBEE Code 700) contributions.
Vukukhanye is committed to the holistic development of the Chesterville community and it is confident that its organisation is in a position to continue practicing sound governance processes and accountability to its partners in this worthy cause. There is great opportunity for individuals and corporates to get involved with Vukukhanye in either donating financially, in kind or volunteering through work parties or on an individual basis.
Vukukhanye provides services to approximately 142 children and 90 adults per month.
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