YEMEN NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Our first goal is to reach R400 000 a month in aid

Since 2016, Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East and North African region, has been in the midst of a civil war. In 2017, Yemen was declared the world’s largest humanitarian disaster by the United Nations (UN). According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) at the time, “An estimated 80 percent of the population — 24 million people — require some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 14.3 million who are in acute need. Severity of needs is deepening, with the number of people in acute need a staggering 27 percent higher than last year. Two-thirds of all districts in the country are already pre-famine, and one-third face a convergence of multiple acute vulnerabilities.”

At the same time that COVID-19 arrived, Yemen was also hit by once in a generation flooding that affected more than 100,000 people, left thousands of people homeless and impacted camps for IDPs. COVID-19 has coincided with Yemen’s rainy season, which brings the potential for cholera outbreaks. The 2019 cholera outbreak started during the rainy season and was the second-worst outbreak in global history; it is still not officially under control. Despite the challenges posed by the humanitarian, health and safety situation in Yemen, people are still coming together to support each other.

Extracted from an article @: https://disasterphilanthropy.org/

WHAT DOES SBC DO?

Our History

Our work began nearly 40 years ago, amongst the golden mine dumps and bustling industrial region at the heart of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Centre had a humble beginning as a soup kitchen, and many impoverished people from surrounding areas found their hearts healed and bellies full because of the kindness of all those people who banded together to provide for poor South Africans.

Today, the Centre has offices in all South Africa’s major cities and has defined itself as a social welfare specialist through many years of consistent and impeccable outreach service work.

We are a well-regarded community-based, registered non-profit organisation that is built on the principles of love, kindness, respect and dignity for everyone.

Our projects and services largely fall within the ambit of social welfare, but cover the spectrum of human needs from: hunger alleviation with our feeding programmes, a home for vulnerable children, highly successful drug rehabilitation centres, specialised medical care that reverses cataract blindness and provides access to dialysis, and grants in aid.

We provide all of these services and more to needy persons regardless of race or religion. Our ethos is simple: we seek to serve humanity and heal a heart, one life at a time.

We believe that everyone has a right to access basic services to ensure their well-being. We encourage support from donors so that we do not have to turn anyone away. To find out more about our projects simply click on a project.

Sustainability

As agents of change and playing a positive role in people’s lives, we see ourselves as a community or a network, where our outreach programmes are sustained by the very lives they touch. By restoring hope, dignity and faith in people through the charitable assistance they receive, it inspires recipients to become involved in order to help others in similar circumstances.

We have a large network of committed and skilled volunteers who give of their time and skills to give back. This volunteer network helps us to drive down overhead costs.

Our funds largely come from individual donors who see the immediate impact of our work in their communities. We also encourage corporate giving and some projects enjoy partial State subsidy.

Since 2000, we have embarked on our annual Family Fete over the Easter weekend.

At this event, which has grown tremendously over the years, we give small and emerging businesses the opportunity to reach new markets, interest people in their business and grow their start-up endeavours.

We rent stalls to these businesses to cover the costs of infrastructure over the weekend and we use any money raised from donations at the fete to cover costs for projects where possible.

OUR CAUSES

These are the causes we’re passionate about. Help us by donating to a cause and making it easier for us to do a good job

Healing a Heart Cause

HEALING A HEART

These are the causes we’re passionate about because they heal hearts, put smiles on faces and change communities.

CHILDREN AND EDUCATION

Our children’s home puts smiles on the faces of children who’ve been placed in our care.

Community Healthcare

COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE

We focus on fundamentally changing lives through reversing cataract blindness, providing access to dialysis and drug rehabilitation.

ADVOCACY FOR DRUG AWARENESS

We believe that education about the dangers of substance abuse is key to making people aware of the realities of addiction.

HUNGER ALLEVIATION

We believe that by extending kindness to poverty stricken people to ease the most basic of human needs, we can heal a heart and restore faith in humanity.

PEACE, LOVE AND TOLERANCE IN THE WORLD

Find out more about the philosophy behind our work, our inspiration and the universal values of which shape our spirit of service to all of humanity.