QUESTION: What impact would my gift of $25 make for someone in South Africa?
South Africa is a country blessed with amazing scenic beauty, natural resources, diverse wildlife, and a rich cultural history. According to the World Bank, South Africa is listed as the largest economy in Africa, the 28th largest economy in the world, and is ranked as an upper middle-income country. On paper this all looks great, but when we take a closer look at how the majority of people in South Africa live, we find that their daily needs and challenges are nothing less than overwhelming.
The statistics tell us the following…
- South Africa is home to approximately 3.8 million children who have lost one or both parents.
- Official unemployment rate: 21.9%. Unofficial unemployment rate is much higher.
- Population from latest census: 50.5 Million – with an estimated 3.5 to 5 Million refugees from neighboring Zimbabwe and Mozambique in search of a better life.
- Life expectancy: 52 years for men and 49 years for women.
- 18.1% of the 15-49 year old population is infected with HIV/AIDS.
- 5.7 million HIV-infected individuals in SA with approximately 1000 new infections occurring each day.
- South Africa has 17% of the global HIV epidemic, and 28% of global HIV & TB co-infected people.
- It is estimated that there are more than 80,000 child-headed households in the Eastern Cape Province alone.
- Estimated that 2.7 Million people in rural Eastern Cape Province do not have access to safe drinking water.
- Although of South Africa is the wealthiest, most developed nation in Africa, 61% of its people survive on less than $1.25 / day and are always on the verge of extreme poverty.
These statistics go on and on, and the reality is that government welfare programs will never be able to solve the problems or their root causes. When we attach faces to these statistics, the need becomes heartbreaking. We simply have no option except to get involved on a personal level in the lives these who find themselves victims of chronic poverty and lack. By going to where the need is and demonstrating love in a tangible way, we can be a part of the solution and involve others in the process.
Even though the need in South Africa is great, we believe it provides us with an opportunity to make the greatest impact in the lives of many people. The past few years have been amazing and productive as people have helped to items listed below.
Your gift of $25 can help save lives. Here are a few examples of what $25 can do to help meet the genuine needs of others in South Africa.
What $25 can do in Southern Africa: (CLICK TO DONATE)
- $25 will feed a family of 4 for a week.
- $25 will buy 2 mosquito nets for families living in Malaria areas.
- $25 will buy 2 good quality blankets to help keep homeless kids warm at night.
- $25 will buy a buy a pair of shoes for kids in the rural areas.
- $25 can help to buy school supplies for young students.
- $25 will provide a Necessity Kit containing: sugar, tea, candles, lamp fuel, sanitary pads, and laundry soap.
- $25 will buy a Hygiene Kit: razor, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush.
- $25 will buy a family’s electricity for a month.
- $25 will buy a Christmas Packet filled with toys, crayons, learning supplies, dolls, etc.
- $25 will buy a basic First Aid kit for a family.
- $25 will help us print HIV/AIDS education booklets.
- $25 will buy 2 egg-laying chickens.
What $50 can do in Southern Africa: (CLICK TO DONATE)
- $50 can buy a backpack filled with school supplies for
- $50 can buy 2 warm coats,
- $50 can buy a medium density foam pad for sleeping.
What $100 can do in Southern Africa: (CLICK TO DONATE)
- $100 can buy a milk goat, which will provide a constant supply milk for a family.
- $100 can buy a school uniform for a child.
- $100 can buy 2 wind-up MP3 players loaded with educational lessons and the bible in many languages.
What $300 can do in Southern Africa: (CLICK TO DONATE)
- $300 can resupply a home after a tragedy destroys the contents of a house.
- $300 can pay the annual school tuition of a primary age student.
- $300 can purchase food to feed 200 orphaned children for one week.
- $300 can help put a new roof on someone’s house.
What $600 can do in Southern Africa: (CLICK TO DONATE)
$600 can buy a Brick Making Kit that will launch a micro business enabling a family to derive an income from making and selling bricks.
- $600 can buy a Bed for a Child. Many times up to 4 people can be sleeping on a bed. With our Bed-for-a-Child project we are designing bunk beds that will fit into more compact living areas – ensuring that children have their own bed to sleep in.
What $6000 can do in Southern Africa: (CLICK TO DONATE)
- $6000 can drill a fresh water well in rural Southern Africa supplying clean drinking water to a village.