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"Join in the Spirit of Giving, Building a Stronger and Better South Africa"       "Join in the Spirit of Giving, Building a Stronger and Better South Africa"

Ethembeni School was established in October 1984 by the former Department of Education and Training, as a State subsidised Special School for learners with physical disabilities.

In 1989 Ethembeni took over the blind and partially-sighted students from Vuleka School for the deaf and blind. Ethembeni now has an enrolment of around 300 students from all over Kwazulu-Natal (S. Africa), all of whom board in hostels at the school. Most of our students come from rural areas and many of their parents are unable to pay the minimum hostel fees.

Ethembeni’s holistic approach emphasizes a balance between the intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social and development of each student. Students not only acquire knowledge and skills, but also develop self-esteem and mutual respect. They are guided toward taking up their rightful place in adult society as contributing citizens. Ethembeni promotes human rights and social justice.
Established in 1984, Ethembeni School serves 300 physically disabled and visually impaired children from all over Kwazulu-Natal, Kingdom of the Zulu (South Africa), educating them to reach their highest potential and to become independent and responsible citizens of the community.

The name Ethembeni means “Place of Hope” and the motto Phila Ufunde – Live and Learn. At Ethembeni 300 beautiful children live, learn, and give us joy and hope.

You can make a real difference in the lives of our handicapped children by supporting ETHEMBENI and its various activities.



In 1999, Ubuntu Education Fund was founded by Jacob Lief and Malizole "Banks" Gwaxula to address pressing societal issues by working from within the community. Ubuntu's goal is the development of dynamic education initiatives that originate in the minds of the people they are designed to help. This philosophy ensures that the community owns and operates all of Ubuntu's programs, resulting in sustainable projects that create local jobs.

"Our philosophy is simple: We live in the communities where we work, we understand their needs and together, with the community, we create sustainable development projects that truly empower people. Our success relies on our commitment to giving people the means to improve their own community."

The children of the Eastern Cape believe in the power of education. We cannot let them become another generation victimized by apartheid.

The need for Ubuntu Education Fund programs has never been greater.

Your generous contribution to Ubuntu Education Fund will have a tangible and lasting impact on many lives.

You will:

* Give township residents the infrastructure and opportunity to grow to their full potential

* Provide communities with the counseling and information needed to remain healthy and stem the spread of deadly diseases

* Begin to give an entire nation, after years of social disparity, the means and momentum to become whole again and take its place as a leader of the African continent.

Thank You for your Support!!


THE TOPSY FOUNDATION partners with rural communities, bringing about change, through a multi-faceted approach to the consequences of HIV/Aids.

It is estimated that 12% to 15% of all South Africans are HIV+, which will result in about three million orphans by 2010. A non-profit organisation, the Topsy Foundation was started in 2000, to join the fight against HIV/Aids – South Africa's new struggle.

The work of the Topsy Foundation is done using three programmes which operate together to help prevent HIV/Aids and alleviate its consequences:
- Home-based Care and Community Outreach
- In-house Care
- Training and Poverty Alleviation

The Topsy Foundation currently works with the rural communities from the Dipaleseng area in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa. Activities take place from the Sanctuary – a small village with a total of twelve thousand square metres of building floor space. This is the initial 'flagship' for the Topsy Foundation, and in the long term the aim is to replicate it in other rural areas.

The Topsy Foundation has a vision of flourishing rural communities, where people have the tools for change, and where young people in particular, are productive members of society, in spite of the impacts of HIV/Aids. Its work therefore has a focus on children.

The Topsy Foundation receives help and support from individuals and organisations. If you would like to help in any way please contact us:

Postal Address: P. O. Box 131163
Bryanston 2021
Tel:  +27 (0)11 709 6806 / 6668
Fax:  +27 (0)11 700 3032

Or if you'd prefer to make payment to our bank account:

Bank:  Nedbank
Account Number:  1469 030 454
Branch: Business North Rand
Branch Code:  146905
Swift Code:  NEDSZAJJ

If you would like to make an online donation using your credit card, simply click on the button: 



   Shared Interest helps low-income women, families and communities access affordable credit—credit that helps them become productive and independent. This process stabilizes and strengthens South Africa’s economy. It nurtures community organizations that strive to redress inequality. And most importantly, it benefits women and families affected by HIV, it builds houses, it creates jobs, and it launches small businesses.

"Shared Interest creates the means for US social investors to invest in community-based economic projects that will not only create jobs, but also alternative models of control and ownership."
-Nelson Mandela


Thank You!

As a special thank-you to a first-time contributor, Shared Interest is pleased to send you a specially designed reproduction of the South African national anthem and for your partnership in bring hope and opportunity to South Africans!

You can also contact the Shared Interest Director of Community Initiatives, Kimberley Wright or via 646-442-0185



  Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the African AIDS pandemic and advancing democracy and equality in South Africa. ANSA also works to further civil rights and safeguard voting rights in the U.S.

In partnership with South African and American organizations, grassroots movements, leaders, artists and activists, ANSA works to make a difference through public education and mobilization, advocacy, grantmaking, media campaigns and the provision of material aid.

ANSA harnesses the talents, visibility and resources of artists to increase awareness, raise money and mobilize action on AIDS, South Africa and U.S. civil rights.

Originally called Artists for a Free South Africa, ANSA was founded in 1989 by Alfre Woodard, Danny Glover, Blair Underwood, Mary Steenburgen, CCH Pounder, Robert Guillaume and friends to mobilize support for South Africa's quest for freedom.

With the approach of the first multi-racial elections in 1994, ANSA concentrated on voter education, working alongside grassroots organizations to help reach millions who had never before been allowed to cast ballots. In one of history's great victories of justice, apartheid was replaced by a stable multi-party democracy and the world's most far-reaching Bill of Rights. Reconciliation triumphed over revenge. As the situation in South Africa has changed, ANSA has altered its focus to address new and pressing needs. In many ways, the real work-of alleviating the suffering and inequities created by centuries of oppression-has just begun. ANSA now works to redress inequities that are the legacies of apartheid in South Africa and segregation in America.

ANSA relies on the generosity of individuals to continue its work fighting AIDS and increasing equality in South Africa. Your contribution will support ANSA programs and will go a long way in helping to redress the inequities that are the legacies of apartheid in South Africa, as well as furthering civil rights in America.

Thank You for Your Support.


or Donate by Phone:
Call Toll Free 1-877 4-AFRICA (423-7422)


Founded in 1983, All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN) uses a "performance-learning" approach to foster the emotional and social development of young people. Each year, thousands of urban youth between the ages of 5 and 25 participate in several dozen All Stars events including auditions, rehearsals, talent shows and development workshops. The All Stars involves young people from the poorest neighborhoods of New York City, Newark, NJ, the San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

The All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP) (see our Brand Video) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting human development through the use of an innovative performance and development based model. The ASP creates outside of school, educational and performing arts activities for tens of thousands of poor and minority young people. It sponsors community and experimental theatre, develops leadership training and pursues volunteer initiatives that build and strengthen communities.

Please contact Roweena Naidoo for additional information regarding All Stars Project Inc.

The USA's leading privately-funded youth development non-profit, the All Stars Project, Inc., relies on your support. Thank You.



Project People Foundation is a U.S.-based non-profit tax-exempt corporation. It was founded to promote social justice and multi-ethnic and inter-faith harmony through programs focusing on economic empowerment through employment and education for women and youth of color.

Black Dolls to Children in the Townships --- How We Began

social justice, interfaith harmony, economic empowerment, black dolls, Ikamva Labantu, apartheid, AIDS awareness, skills development, Iris House, Nkosi's Haven, AIDS pins, job training, South African handicrafts, stuffed animals, stuffed African animals, ethnic gifts, charity, charities, charitable organizations, cause-related marketing, leadership programs, skills development In 1995, PPF began working with Ikamva Labantu, a non-governmental agency in Cape Town, South Africa, to get black dolls to children living in the townships. Under apartheid, black children had never had the opportunity to play with dolls made in their likeness. The goal was to collect, transport, and distribute 15,000 new black dolls donated by people in the U.S. to waiting children in the townships.

In 1996, PPF expanded its black doll project by collaborating with Ikamva Labantu and engaging black women in South Africa to design and manufacture dolls which were exported to the U.S. Currently, dolls and other hand-crafted items are distributed by PPF not only in the United States but also throughout South Africa and to Ethiopian children living in Israel. This doll donation initiative is called "Sponsor-A-Smile" and anyone can participate by purchasing a doll or stuffed toy and giving it to a child in need.

PPF is grateful for your support.

To make a contribution, please mail your tax-deductible contribution to:

Project People Foundation
110 E. 59th St, 23rd floor
New York, NY 10022



The South Africa Development Fund was founded in 1985 by exiles living in the United States  to help the oppressed majority of their country.  They were joined in this effort by Americans active in the civil rights and anti-apartheid movements. Originally called "Fund for a Free South Africa, (FreeSA)", the organization became a vehicle by which U.S. donors could show their solidarity with South Africans struggling for political and social justice.

Since its inception, the South Africa Development Fund has raised over $4.3 million for projects focusing on community and economic development, empowerment of women, children, education, elderly services, environmental issues, health, human rights and democracy building.  The organization further responded to the need for economic development in South Africa with the establishment of Shared Interest/Thembani International Guarantee Fund to help individuals and groups in poor communities gain access to credit.  SI/TIGF is now a successful and independent program.

Prior to changes that began in 1990 and culminated with the democratic elections of 1994, South Africa was isolated from much of the world community.  South Africans travelling to the U.S. lacked the usual resources through which to gain access to policy makers, media and the American public in general.  The South Africa Development Fund, with its unique link between the two countries, provided a venue for dialogue, exchange and public education.  In 1990, the organization became part of the national structure for Nelson Mandela's historic tour of the U.S.


The abject poverty that characterizes so many communities in South Africa is an immense challenge to the new democracy and an obstacle to the national goal of a peaceful and prosperous society for all.  As in the past, the people of South Africa need support from friends and supporters in the international community.

The South Africa Development Fund is directed by South Africans who have both a vast knowledge of issues affecting  their country and strong ties to the United States.  For many years, the organization has maintained a link between concerned Americans and South African working to enhance economic and social justice.  The Fund welcomes donations large and small to continue this work.  All contributions are tax-deductible

555 Amory Street Boston, MA 02130
tel: (617) 522-5511 fax: (617) 522-5591
e-mail: - contact: Judie Blair, Director