|Carel du Toit Centre|
This multi-racial centre has been in existence for 33 years, with satellites in Bloemfontein, East London and Pretoria. The centre has succeeded in helping deaf babies and pre-schoolers to overcome their hearing disabilities regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.
A stimulating, loving environment is created at the centre in which a deaf child can learn to speak in a natural way.
It was through the vision of Prof. Carel du Toit, an ear, nose and throat surgeon, at Tygerberg Academic Hospital Complex, that the centre was established. He knew that with the correct intervention, children could overcome the communication barrier of deafness and learn to speak and live normal lives.There is, hope for every deaf baby and young child at the CAREL DU TOIT CENTRE!
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation exists primarily to help improve a child's environment when faced with a cancer diagnosis – whether it is for ward comforts and essential items of medical equipment no longer available on provincial budgets or the provision of accommodation at CHOC Houses, close to the treatment centres.
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation comprises of a strong volunteer corps of parents who have been through similar experiences themselves and can offer information, support and encouragement to parents of newly-diagnosed childhood cancer patients.
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation also distributes information on the early warning signs of childhood cancer and the ever-important message of cancer prevention in the encouragement and active support of sunscreens and avoiding sunburn.
We have three branches where we house, feed, train, educate and nurture, abused and abandoned women, children and families . We found it was not enough to feed and shelter people so we developed a one year programme that nurtures the people in our care back into society as whole, independent and self-sufficient individuals where they in turn can be a benefit to society once again, thus stabilizing the socio-economic climate of our country.
Without this programme structure they tend to go back into situations that are abusive and poverty stricken.
With no state assistance, our efforts are able to provide the following services through our programmes:
• An unemployment upliftment programme.
• Distribution of food and clothes to people on the streets.
• A life line to drug addicts, alcoholics, suicide and rape victims.
• Training and education.
• Spiritual upliftment through our church.
The QuadPara Association of South Africa is a non-profit organisation (NPO 000-881) which represents people with mobility impairments in South Africa. Any person may become a member of the organisation.
QASA’s mission is to be an effective co-ordinating, policy-making and supporting organisation striving to prevent spinal cord injury and to promote and protect the interests of people with mobility impairments through advocacy, lobbying, and delivery of services and products to people with disabilities.
QASA’s products and services include advocacy and lobbying to government at national, provincial and local level; conducting awareness campaigns on the cause and prevention of spinal cord injury; publication and distribution of information to people with disabilities; development of similar organisations in Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe; establishment of 14 independent living centres throughout the country for people with mobility impairments; establishment of income-generating business units for independent living centres and individuals; development of disabled sport; provision of funding for education; and skills development through learnerships, where QASA has acted as lead employer on two disability learnerships in New Venture Creation/ Entrepreneurship.
QASA has approximately 3000 members, but represents a constituency of approximately 50 000 mobility-impaired persons in South Africa. The organisation is managed by a National Management Committee of which 84% are persons with mobility impairments. QASA’s membership comprises 66% persons from previously disadvantaged groups (i.e. persons who did not have a franchise prior to the 1994 national elections).
QASA is predominantly staffed and managed by people with mobility impairments.
|The Hospice Palliative Care Association of S.A.|
The Hospice Association of S.A. was founded in 1988, (HASA) and following a name change is now called The Hospice Palliative Care Association of S.A. (HPCA). It evolved from a need expressed by individual hospices to have a national organisation to support the development of the hospice movement and to co-ordinate activities whilst maintaining and respecting the independence of each hospice.
Palliative Care is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, the early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
- Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
- Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
- Intends neither to hasten nor postpone death
- Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
- Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
- Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their bereavement
- Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling if indicated
- Will enhance the quality of life, and will also positively influence the course of illness
- Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are implemented to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.
|The South African Guide-dogs Association for the Blind|
|Gladys Evans and her guide-dog Sheena founded the South African Guide-dogs Association for the Blind (SAGA) in 1953.
All puppies are bred from specially selected stock, very often from dogs already bred by us. Every attempt is made to ensure that all breeding stock is free from any hereditary diseases. The dogs used are the Labrador and Golden Retrievers and the German Shepherd.
At seven weeks of age the pups are placed in private homes to begin their Puppywalking. A Puppywalker is a volunteer who adopts a pup for 12-14 months and is responsible for the socialisation of the pup.
Once the dogs return from the Puppywalking Scheme they begin a six-month intense training programme. At approximately 18 months the dog is presented to a blind person who receives three weeks training here at the centre before graduating with his dog.
Each blind person pays R5 for the dog and R100 for accommodation whilst in training. However, the sponsorship cost of training one guide-dog is R10 000.
SAGA is a fully constituted welfare organisation registered with The Director of Fundraising at the Department of Social Development, and is approved as a Public Benefit Organisation in terms of Section 30 of the Income Tax Act, and the receipts and accruals are exempt from Income Tax in terms of section 10(1)(cN) of the Act. Donations are exempt from donations tax in terms of section 56(1) (h) of the Act, and a tax certificate will be issued on request. The organisation receives no government subsidies and, therefore, relies entirely on public and corporate financial support.