Ukhamba Giving Event Aims to Empower Women and Children in Southern Africa

Press Release
October 09, 2017

The Southern Africa Trust will host its fourth giving event to raise funds for organizations working towards achieving social change.

Ukhamba falls under the change4ever campaign, which is one of the Trust’s key initiatives aimed at promoting social giving as one of the tools to eradicate poverty.  The campaign’s main objectives are awareness raising, public participation and ‘direct-from-public’ fundraising.

The event is named after a customary container used for storing water or traditional beer. The Ukhamba is usually passed around a group of people who share its contents, which links to the concept of giving into a course that ultimately benefits communities at large.

“Through this campaign, we aim to reach a newer generation of people who want to support lasting solutions to poverty rather than temporary relief,” said Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo, chief executive officer of the Southern Africa Trust.

“It is also about creating a new social consciousness where ordinary women and men can take part in providing solutions for poverty eradication by supporting credible initiatives and taking collective action,” he said.

Four female headed organizations will present their projects to potential funders on the night of October 26 in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are:

Hope Rises

This organization runs a Women’s Electrification Program aimed at bringing solar technologies to informal settlements in the North-West Province. Hope Rises aims to bring solar products to 100 informal settlements in the North-West Province. The initiative will benefit 100 homes with clean electricity technologies.

Ikholwa Community Services
Is a children’s home based in Weltevreden Park. The organisation aims to give hope and improve the lives of vulnerable babies and children by partnering with government efforts and interested members of society. Ikholwa consists of 3 houses, each accommodating 6 children, namely: a boys’ home, a girls’ home and a babies’/toddlers home.

Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE)

The organization, based in the Western Cape, runs a program anchored on the fight against Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) with a focus on remedial activities with children born with and affected by FAS. The project seeks to educate women on alcohol abuse during and after pregnancy as a preventative way of combating FAS.

Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre Legal Clinic (TLAC)

TLAC aims to provide women and girls with access to direct legal representation. The clinic will reduce the uncertainty associated with relying on the availability of pro-bono attorneys and advocates. Focus areas are matters relating to domestic violence, sexual offences, divorce and maintenance.

The 2016 beneficiaries; Bethany Home, Boitumelo Community Organization, Gender Links Entrepreneurship Programme and Let Us Grow will give an update on how the funds assisted their projects over the past year.

The Trust invites media, community members and potential funders to the Ukhamba event taking place on Thursday, 26 October, at 54 On Bath in Johannesburg from 6.30pm-10pm.

Media personality Mapaseka Mokwele will be the Master of Ceremonies. A keynote address will be given by Kunyalala Maphisa, National President of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa and Business Unity South Africa Council member. Award-winning singer Berita will provide entertainment.

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