PROGRAMMATIC FUNDING FOR 2020-2022

COMMUNITY CENTRIC SOLUTIONS TO AFRICA’S GREATEST CHALLENGES

The African Potential Foundation has carefully vetted and profiled numerous programmes across South Africa. Our online portal allows Public Benefit Organisations to showcase their projects while allowing our partner corporates to be linked to a Corporate Social Responisbility project.

The African Potential Foundation ensures that all project organisations comply with our strict fiscal and administrative oversight policies, thus allowing our corporate partners the peace of mind that their money has been well invested into a meaningful community centric project, and that funds reach those who need them most.

Engaging with the African  Potential Foundation is about more than just making a donation. It is about meaning making. We offer you a relationship with our beneficiaries and their recipients that enables you to see the difference you are making. Join the movement. Invest in Africa’s future. Be the change we need to see in the world.

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PROGRAMMATIC FUNDING FOR 2020-2022

PROTECTING OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Never before have healthcare professionals been this revered. They are our front line heroes, the most exposed to SARS-COV-2, and our lifeline to surviving this pandemic.Current estimates suggest that for every 1 doctor that succumbs to the SARS-COV-2 virus, 10,000 patients will lose their lives. As it stands, nearly 70% of medical professionals on the front lines in Italy had been infected.

Hindsight will offer us the perfect science to understand the wildfire that is SARS-COV-2. An unseen enemy with the power to unite nations from across the globe as it brings our people, economies and health systems to their knees. As governments scramble to buy in sufficient medical equipment, and political prowess and posturing is overshadowed by face masks and unsung heroes, we see the death toll globally rise at an alarming rate.

The African Potential  Foundation has partnered with various manufacturing organisations, laboratories, medical professionals and scientists to support the development of innovative and life saving medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) for our frontline healthcare workers and patients requiring ventilation. Currently in development, and/pending approval, these innovations include:

  • A full-face protection mask for medical staff involved in frontline quarantine units, and who have the greatest exposure to COVID-19. The masks can withstand standard medical sterilisation processes, and the filtration system is inexpensive and simple to replace.
  • A positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP) device which  converts standard hospital equipment into a simple non-invasive ventilator.
  • A 3D printed face shield for healthcare workers, to reduce their  risk of infection. This must be paired with an appropriately protective mask and goggles
  • A 3D printed N95 style mask, with an interchangeable filtration system that allows the mask to be re-used. The mask can withstand standard medical sterilisation processes, and the filtration system is inexpensive and simple to replace.
  • A 3D printed nasopharyngeal swab, currently undergoing FDA approval, which will enable government to source local production of swabs to meet their target of 33,000 tests per day.

We are constantly seeking COVID-19 related innovations that will improve South Africa’s ability to effectively respond to the pandemic. Join the  movement to #protectourhealthcareworkers. Contact us through info@africanpotential.com to get involved.

Together we can save lives. Donate today.

Full-face protection masks

3D printed nasopharyngeal swab

Non-invasive ventilator

PROGRAMMATIC FUNDING FOR 2020-2022

PREVENTION OF VIOLENCE, HIV & MENTAL ILLNESS AMONGST HIGH RISK MEN & WOMEN.

Launched in 2013, the Prevention in Key Populations project provides support to individuals at high risk of mental health, violence and HIV. They specialise in providing specialist wellness services to sex workers, their children, and their male partners. This cutting edge and community centric project is built upon the belief that all humans have potential, they just need the opportunity. At its peak, the project reached 5,100 women with services each quarter.

Having scaled back to accommodate the current funding environment, they now provide intensive quality services to 2,300 women quarterly. They are often the first responders to sexual and or physical assault, and the project often runs for 18 hours a day 6 days per week to accommodate the worst of South Africa’s violent patriarchal society.

Over the past 7 years they have also trained more than 150 women from surrounding communities in a variety of skills, including: HIV testing services, lay psychosocial services, parenting courses, basic sexual and reproductive health, condom use and other prevention commodities. They have implemented hardcore violence prevention interventions by engaging men involved in the sex work industry, and provide substance abuse supportive care, launched self-sustained support groups, offered referrals to care, and facilitated adoptions for unplanned pregnancies to reduce the number of abandoned babies. Each woman has also been taught to use a computer and introduced to the basic Microsoft package.

 

10 IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW ABOUT SEX WORK

  1. Sex work remains criminalised in South Africa, despite the legislation being ruled as unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court, and both political and civil society calling for law reform to ensure the safety of all involved parties.
  2. Sex workers are highly vulnerable to HIV, with 60% being estimated to be HIV infected nationally.
  3. Sexual networks between sex workers, their clients and the general population suggest that clients of sex workers account for 68% of all new HIV infections. Studies have shown roughly 1/3 of men in South Africa have paid for sex at some point in their lives. This highlights the urgent need for interventions targeting men.
  4. In some areas of South Africa, 100% of sex workers report having been emotionally, physically, neglectfully or sexually traumatised in their youth.
  5. Up to 100% of sex workers in South Africa report being raped in the past year, with as many as 78% reporting being gang raped across their lifetime.
  6. Given the high levels of violence perpetrated against sex workers and other persons at high risk of violence exposure, it is unsurprising that 75% suffer from a treatable mental illness. Yet, South Africa does not have sufficient capacity to meet the demand for effective mental health services provision to impoverished communities. Thus, projects which cater to mental illness are desperately needed.
  7. 75% of sex workers have not completed their schooling – the stories behind dropping out of school are heartbreaking.
  8. Women, men and transgender persons engage in sex work to support their families. Very few state that it is their first job choice – they would much rather be supporting themselves and their dependents in socially acceptable ways.
  9. 89% of men who buy sex experienced some form of trauma in their childhood.
  10. 58% of men who buy sex admit to perpetrating physical or sexual abuse, including a gang rape.
  11. The character of our nation will not be judged on how we treat the rich, but how we treat the poor and disenfranchised. Let us be proud of how we act.

Prevention of Violence

Protecting our Health Workers

Prevention of Mental Illness

PROGRAMMATIC FUNDING FOR 2020-2022

KNYSNA ALIEN BUSTERS

A citizen-led initiative restoring nature & fire-proofing communities The Knysna Alien Busters Project is run by 5 women who are deeply committed to dealing with the massive re-growth of invasive alien plants following the devastating 2017 Knysna wildfire.

The Knysna wildfire killed 7 people, destroyed over a thousand homes and decimated over 18,000 hectares of farmlands, plantations and nature areas. Hundreds of families were left destitute, many of which had no insurance to help them recover from their losses. Government had to foot a bill of several hundred million Rands to replace and repair damaged water, wastewater, electrical, telecommunications, and road infrastructure. The fires were so intense and so extensive that several critically endangered butterfly and plant species have possibly been lost forever.

The fire also stimulated germination of decades of accumulated invasive alien plant seeds in the soil, resulting in intensive and wide-ranging sprouting of these invaders, threatening the successful re-establishment of natural flora and elevating the risk of even more devastating fires occurring in future. The 5 local women that run the Knysna Alien Busters Project as volunteers were all directly impacted by the fires.

Following this traumatic event, they immediately recognised that – with increasing climate variability, ongoing failure to manage invasive alien plants in the landscape, and unempowered communities and institutions – more major natural disasters with even greater even impacts and costs could be expected in future. They decided to take action! The Knysna Alien Busters project involves teams trained to clear invasive alien plants on public and private property throughout the Greater Knysna Area.

The project creates meaningful jobs for unemployed locals, while addressing a critical need for better management of nature and open spaces. The Knysna Alien Busters Project has been successful in clearing invasive alien plant re-growth in the Knysna Area. So far, more than R500,000 has been raised in landowner contributions and donations, facilitating clearing of invasive alien plants on over 400 hectares of land. KNYSNA ALIEN BUSTERS PROGRAMMATIC FUNDING FOR 2020-2022 PROJECT INVEST The project would welcome donations towards the purchase of a vehicle, equipment and personal safety equipment for the clearing teams.

25 CITIZEN-LED RESTORATION OF SOUTH AFRICA’S FAMOUS GARDEN ROUTE’S INDIGENOUS FAUNA AND FLORA FOLLOWING THE KNYSNA FIRES, THROUGH A COMMUNITY UPLIFTMENT, EDUCATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.

Prevention of Violence

Protecting our Health Workers

Prevention of Mental Illness

PROGRAMMATIC FUNDING FOR 2020-2022

SUURVLAKTE INITIATIVE: A SOCIAL UPLIFTMENT & ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS PROJECT

Suurvlakte Initiative is a social upliftment and environmental awareness Non-profit Organisation based in Keurhoek, Rheenendal. The volunteer-driven NPO operates from two containers temporarily housed behind the Keurhoek Clinic. Undeterred by lack of means, Suurvlakte’s approach is to build on each success, no matter how small, to achieve integrated, sustainable projects – seeding a sprawling food garden that will holistically feed the minds and lives of the community.

THE SEVEN PASSES RECYCLING SWOP SHOP

The Swop Shop was originally an environmental awareness project aimed at children. It now encompasses the wider community and has become the heart of many spin-off initiatives. Recyclable waste is exchanged for points – allocated according to weight. These points can be used to purchase items such as stationary, clothes, toiletries, non-perishable foods. The Swop Shop is open on Tuesdays (and additional days during school holidays).

Over the past fifteen months 15-plus tons of recyclable waste has been collected with an attendance of 1665 people. (Eunice Lodewyk 2019)

UPCYCLING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Upcycling furthers the sustainability of the Swop Shop initiative and is an opportunity for creating a skills development program using readily available resources. Currently four women craft beautiful baskets, handbags and caps from thrown away t-shirts, and colourful mats from plastic packets.

This initiative aids in equipping them with the basic skill sets required to earning an income. To bridge the constant shortages of sanitary pads in the Swop Shop, cotton offcuts are upcycling into re-usable pads.

PLASTIC BRICKS

Plastic bricks (two litre plastic bottles crammed with chip and sweet packets) are an extension of the upcycling initiative. Having  partnered with Rheenendal Primary School, children are encouraged to collect fillings to make bricks. Each brick weighs approximately 800g and is worth 25 Swap Shop points.

To date, 300 bricks have been collected, enabling children to “buy” stationary  and other essential  items through their recycling efforts.  Bricks are being stored for future projects.

LITERATURE AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY

This initiative is designed for children who have dropped out of school. The laboratory runs a one-month rotational curriculum geared to equipping attendees with a basic set of skills and support to become entrepreneurs. The curriculum includes: language and literacy, mathematics, business proposals, art and design. Participants are taught skills such as carpentry, and in conjunction with the upcycling initiative they are taught to make glass products from bottles, and furniture from plastic bricks.

‘The literacy school is going to be the best thing that is happening here’ (Eunice Lodewyk 2019)

JOINT INITIATIVES

Suurvlakte works hand in hand with a number of NPOs and stake  holders. Together, they run a food garden that supplies a nearby soup kitchen. Children have access to a Community Sports programme to ensure they  are occupied after school. A Substance Abuse Support programme is also available through the Rheenendal Substance Abuse Workshops.

CONTINUED SUPPORT

Continued support to those passing through their programs is as important as the programs themselves and success is measured by the voluntary return of attendees for further assistance in their own upliftment or to feed back into the burgeoning garden in a teaching capacity.

Suurvlakte aim to further assist newly skilled individuals by pursuing the creation of a weekend market in Keurhoek. This would benefit all craft-based entrepreneurs in the community.​

Literature and skills learning

Seven Passes Recycling Swap Shop

Plastic bricks