Projects

ACTSA works to support development projects of a charitable nature in Southern Africa in relation to: Poverty, Education, Health and Social Development.

ACTSA has since 1976 hosted an annual sponsored walk, the SOWETO WALK, commemorating the June 16, 1976 massacre as a fund raising exercise.  Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) is a successor organization to the Wales Anti-Apartheid Movement. For decades, funds raised through the SOWETO WALKs and other initiatives have been regularly channeled into South Africa.    In January 2015 a sum of £6000 was used to assist 15 charities and NGOs in South Africa.

 

This school in situated in the impoverished township of Kwa Mashu, Durban and has focused on the academic achievement of its students. In 2013, the school produced some of its best results including the top science award. The Principal attributes this achievement to the generous donations received from organisations like ACTSA Wales and other benefactors who contributed to the development for example of the computer centre and laboratory.  The money we have donated over the years has been used to develop their computer centre and laboratory.

PACSA is an NGO that has been working for social justice and transformational development in the KwaZulu- Natal Midlands for more than 33 years. PACSA’s mission is to work towards structural change on poverty and inequality. Its program work focuses on participatory democracy, economic justice, gender and HIV/AIDS, youth leadership and economic empowerment and conflict transformation.

The savings group model promoted by SaveAct has been shown to empower people living with HIV/AIDS by enabling them to develop important strategies and tools to better cope with and manage their lives. The model establishes small groups of people who meet regularly to save and lend to each other. They operate social security funds which engender a degree of agency and social capital which is crucial in enabling people and households living with chronic illnesses to manage and even rise above these hardships and lead more normal lives.

The Love To Live Campaign has positive messages on suicide prevention, AIDS awareness, drug awareness and other moral issues. The organization encourages individual development and a healthy lifestyle in community based projects. 

New Beginnings is an accredited Early Childhood Development training provider based in Durban. Gender empowerment. HIV and AIDS training are also offered. Recently funding was used to train 12 Grade R practitioners from Ixopo on the Elective ‘Support Children and Adults living with HIV and AIDS’.  Practitioners work to prevent the spread of diseases.

This organisation operates a crèche and works with orphans who have been affected by AIDS and other orphaned children . The parents of other children are mostly unemployed. The centre faces an uphill struggle to develop children physically , emotionally and mentally.  Currently , it caters for 42 children up to the age of 5 years.

The School has an intake of 350 pupils and is fully non-racial. In addition to children from Northdale there are children from informal settlements.  Many of the parents are unemployed and several children are from single parent families, or foster care.

Zisize’s projects holistically support orphaned and vulnerable children in the remote rural area.

Its projects fall under 3 broad categories:

  • Education (creches, libraries, uniform provision, training for teachers, computer classes, homework clubs, sports training, career guidance and bursary support to attend University or college.
  • Welfare (feeding schemes, food parcels, food gardens, foster care, house repairs, child protection, provision of blankets and clothes)
  • Psycho-Social (life skills clubs, radio projects, forum theatre projects and social work support) which build children’s confidence and skills for life.

Is based in Pietermaritzburg and will be using the grant to provide cricket and football coaching to youth in the disadvantaged communities.

The SVA endeavours to bestow honour and recognition to Sporting personalities who made a contribution to the welfare of sports in the community and never received any recognition under apartheid.

Mount Pleasant Primary School is 20 miles from Pietermaritzburg in the informal settlement of Hopewell, catering for 950 learners from a poor socio-economic community.  Most parents are unemployed and many learners are reliant on the school’s nutrition program as for many this may be the only meal for the day.  Learners often live in child headed families or with foster parents who are reliant on State grants.  Only 5 classrooms have electricity and some learners are in prefab buildings some of which have no doors or windows and floods are common.  Learners try very hard and also participate eagerly in soccer, netball and cross country.  However resources are very limited.

Umsilinga Primary School is situated in a poverty ridden informal settlement and caters for 1100 learners.  Parents are labourers, domestic workers and the unemployed.  Many learners are from child headed families or with foster parents.  The meal provided for majority is the only meal of the day.  The school has no electricity or running water.  Sanitation is poor in the portable toilets.  Teaching and learning is in prefab structures but teachers and learners try hard and also do well in soccer and cross country.  The school has very limited resources. 

Sawela Creche is located in Ozwathini, a poverty ridden village 50km from PMB.  Unemployment is high and learners’ parents pay what they can afford.  The educators’ salaries are often not enough to cover their expenses, as many have to travel and cater for their own families.  They urge assistance for general crèche facilities and an electrical fence for security, a toilet with a chemical tank.  They need stationery, toys, general education material, blankets, mattresses and the usual requirements of a crèche.  They are also trying to secure a laptop.

Based in Raisethorpe and has an intake of 1035 learners from Grade 8 to 12.  About 99% of the learners are from previously deprived communities from areas such as Pietermaritzburg, Imbali, Sobantu, Ixopo and Eastern Cape.  Majority of the parents of these learners are unemployed and in 2014, R100,000.00 in fees was granted as a consession.  Many children come from very poor communities, are orphaned, or catered for by grandparents and there are many child headed families.  Despite socio-economic difficulties, learners and educators work together and for the past three to four years, they have had a 92% pass rate.  The school is in desperate need to refurbish its library.

Many children go to school without uniforms and it is hoped that this grant will facilitate further donors from the area.