Charities

Proceeds from Vintage with Love Johannesburg 2020 will go to: 

COLUMBA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY:
Columba Leadership is a values-based leadership organisation with a simple ethos – there is greatness with in every young person, the task is to elicit this potential. To this end Columba partners with high schools serving economically disadvantaged communities and over a period of 3 years builds the capacity of the school to embed values and youth engagement and build a school culture that nurtures youth potential. Whilst building school capacity Columba also activates the
potential of youth to lead change in their own lives, their schools and their communities.
www.columba.org.za

REALEMA TEACHER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME, ST JOHNS COLLEGE:
Realema offers comprehensive bursaries to talented and hard-working black students, who could not otherwise afford a tertiary degree, to study for a Bachelor of Education degree, while gaining valuable work experience as full-time teacher interns at top schools. We help our bursary recipients to escape the poverty cycle by building sustainable careers in teaching, while also developing the passionate and professional teachers that South Africa so badly needs.
www.realema.org 

THE CLICK FOUNDATION:
The Click Foundation was established in response to the education crisis in South Africa. The aim of the Foundation is to innovate and test non-conventional, out of the box, technology-based education solutions and programmes that have potential to scale and meaningfully impact education for individuals.
In January 2012, the Click Foundation began implementing a foundation phase English literacy program called Reading Eggs. Reading Eggs is an online, phonetics-based program that uses reading games, activities, songs, animations and rewards to create a fun and motivational learning experience that supports the initial acquisition of literacy skills. Reading Eggs provides visual and auditory instruction that allows for individualised (i.e. 1 to 1 instruction) and self paced learning while requiring only basic facilitation.
Reading Eggs is an online program developed by the Blake Education literacy team, and supported by the 3P Learning Education Team.
www.clickfoundation.co.za

THE LINK:
The Link is a Non Profit Organisation which supports the development of literacy and numeracy in children for whom English is a second language, and who attend low income schools in Johannesburg. The organisation was founded in 2010 by Margi Bashall, a teacher, who was inspired by The Shine Centre. It is managed and staffed by volunteers; members of the community who are committed to making a difference in education.
The Link is recognised by Gauteng educational authorities, and has permission to operate during school hours and work with children in Grade 2 and Grade 3 who are identified by valid testing to be at risk of not achieving their potential.
They currently have 20 Link centres operating at schools in Johannesburg, and through their network are reaching approximately 1100 children every week. The Link has approximately 600 committed and signed up volunteers.
www.thelinkliteracyproject.co.za

THE LUNCHBOX FUND:
Fostering education via nutrition, The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing a daily meal for orphaned and vulnerable school children in township and rural areas of South Africa, a country where 65% of all children live in poverty. Receiving food encourages these children to stay in school and obtain their education. When a child stays in school, his or her risk of HIV infection, abuse and unwanted pregnancies is greatly reduced.
Regular lunch programs increase enrollment at schools and reduce truancy rates. Students participating in a school feeding program attend school more frequently than those who do not. Academic performance also improves with test scores increasing in students who have access to a daily meal through a school feeding program.
Today, 19.6% of all children in South Africa are orphans, with approximately 1.9 Million of those children orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS. Unemployment is a severe problem where The Lunchbox Fund works, resulting in many of the students at their partner schools not having access to adequate nutrition or basic health care.
The simple act of providing each child with protein-rich peanut butter sandwiches and a piece of fruit, or hearty soups, stews with vegetables or enriched porridge, makes a substantial difference as it nurtures and encourages each child’s attendance and performance at school. Not only is it often their only guaranteed meal of a day, but children are more likely to attend and stay in school to obtain this basic sustenance.
www.thelunchboxfund.org

THE THANDULWAZI TRUST MATHS AND SCIENCE ACADEMY:
The Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy is an education programme run by the St Stithians Foundation. 
The overall aim of the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy is to actively improve the state of Maths and Science teaching and learning in schools in and around Gauteng, by: Facilitating the training of new teachers, with special focus on areas of critical shortage, such as Maths and Science; English; and Early Childhood Development (ECD)/ Foundation Phase, through formal training and apprenticeship to Meister Teachers.
Operating a teacher development programme to assist existing teachers in improving their teaching skills and methodologies, particularly in the teaching of Numeracy/Maths, Literacy, Science and Technology.
Providing scholarships to talented learners (from the group described as historically disadvantaged South Africans) who are currently in an environment where they will not be able to optimise their talent, by placing them in schools which have an excellent record of teaching Maths and Science.
Providing teaching support and extra tuition to Grades 10, 11 and 12 learners on Saturday mornings to make up for the suboptimal teaching capacity in many of the schools in under-privileged areas around Johannesburg.
http://www.thandulwazi.com/

KIDZ 2 KIDZ:
Connecting people through the ‘joy of giving’ by sharing their projects with recipients, volunteers, carers, donors and sponsors. Kidz2Kidz seeks to promote a culture of literacy from a young age and create safe schools by training teachers on how to combat bullying in South African schools.
https://www.kidz2kidz.co.za/

LITTLE ARTISTS:
Little Artist School Project started in 1995, in an orphanage home in Marshalltown, downtown Johannesburg. Edward Selematsela was working as a child and youth care-giver, when an idea came to him: the children had nothing to do before and after school, so he decided to use art as a tool to keep them from causing trouble. The goal of Little Artists is to encourage the development of artists from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, who have no funds for formal art tuition. Little Artists gives children and adults access to such tuition as well as giving them the an opportunity to exhibit their art through the co-ordination of exhibitions and competitions. There is an annual art exhibition of these artists, where their works are auctioned.
http://edwardselematsela.com/little-artist-school/

UPHAWU:
The Uphawu Community development Initiative was established by Mondeka Mabibini, who launched the Fundani Reading Club (fundani means “let’s read”) for the youth of the Samora Machel Informal Settlement in Philippi, improving their reading skills, providing access to literature and creating a love for reading and a reading culture. This gives these children a sense of self and a place in the world and helps them to complete their formal education.
Mondeka also drives a collection for school shoes for children, called No More Bare Feet.
https://www.facebook.com/uphawucommunitydevelopment/

OUR CHARITIES FOR CAPE TOWN IN 2019 WERE:

PARTNERS FOR POSSIBILITY:
Partners for Possibility is a creative solution to South Africa’s education crisis – it is a co-action, co-learning partnership between School Principals and Business Leaders, enabling social cohesion through partnerships, and empowering Principals to become change leaders in their schools and communities. The Partners for Possibility Programme facilitates cross-sectoral reciprocal partnerships between Business, Government and the Social Sector. This year we supported St John’s RC Primary School Literacy Centre, in partnership with Smollan.

SHINE LITERACY:
Shine Literacy is a non-profit organisation that seeks to create a culture of reading in South African schools, homes, workplaces and communities, thereby improving literacy outcomes for young children from low-income communities. Their vision is a nation of readers. In 2017, their programmes are running in 66 schools in four provinces, providing literacy support to 4500 children every week.

CHIC MAMAS DO CARE:
The vision of Chic Mamas is to support education and build bridges between communities through sustainable fundraising and to promote the spirit of volunteerism. They are “Mamas” who are concerned about the children of South Africa and their future. They are passionate about education and they believe the importance of Early Childhood Development: the opportunity for each child to grow in a safe, stimulating environment.
To this end, Chic Mamas have created a chic, fun and sustainable way of fundraising, to support educational projects in underprivileged areas around the country.

KIDZ2KIDZ:
With the help of donor schools, corporates and families, Kidz2Kidz can award classrooms in need with a reading corner resource that not only encourages children to read from a young age, but also enhances the high level of literacy long term.

UPHAWU:
The Uphawu Community Development initiative was established by Mondeka Mabibini who launched the Fundani Reading Club (‘fundani’ meaning ‘Let’s read!’) for the youth of the Samora Machel informal settlement in Philippi. Improving their reading skills, providing access to literature, and creating a love for reading and a reading culture in these children gives them a sense of self and their place in the world and helps them to complete their formal education.