HOMELESS TO SELF SUFFICIENT 2 – GOAL R100 000
Would you be able to live on the streets? It is hard enough for a man or woman out on the street to survive, but how do you protect your children on the street? Not just from drug dealers and cruel individuals but from this horrible cold at the moment too!
A compassionate group of people, who could not just sit back and see this happen to families, decided to get their hands dirty (literally) and pour their hearts and souls into a project to rescue them. The South African Family Relief Project (SAFRP), a non-profit organization, that brings practical assistance and faith into the lives of destitute families; they have helped 189 people rebuild their lives over the past 8 years.
Unfortunately they are not state funded but solely dependent on donations from individuals and companies.
After living at the mercy of different landlords, SAFRP moved to the outskirts of Pretoria to start The Farm Project, in 2017. Their main aim being to help destitute families become self-sufficient.
On an open, uninhabited field, they lived in tents while preparing the housing for their struggling families. They have hand-built wooden rooms with fences, a communal bathroom, a vegetable tunnel, now full of vegetables, a pond and cage for their newly acquired geese and chickens and a communal kitchen where they can prepare and enjoy meals together. Every family member has been contributing to the project with daily chores on the farm and, until recently, some have found odd jobs in the city for a small income.
This is a picture of the pre-Covid situation, which has now been shattered. The odd jobs have dried up and the project is now at the point where its leaders and members often do not know where their next meal is coming from.
We cannot continue to allow these poor folks to live hand to mouth anymore so we desperately want to help them become self-sufficient. The challenge is that it takes capital and assets to generate income. And this is where we need your help and where we invite you to partner with us.
We are not merely begging for money here; we believe that there are many of you who would want to make a difference in the lives of these families and restore some of the dignity by giving just a little of what we have been blessed with. We are not only changing the lives of this current generation but the lives of future generations.
The following projects/pressing requirements need funding for SAFRP to move forward and provide a self-sustaining lifestyle for the families they seek to help:
Transport/Vehicle – R20 000
Their only means of transport is a pick-up truck which needs its diff and gearbox fixed/replaced. They travel 170 km per day to get the children to and from school as there are no buses that can get them there. The children’s education is of utmost importance, so transportation is vital.
Solar Energy – R40 000
They currently have a basic 3kva solar system with six panels and two working batteries. The power inverter was damaged by a lightning storm and needs to be repaired. They urgently need more batteries to run a normal fridge and extra freezer. They can run a fridge during the day with the solar energy they generate but on a cloudy day, or at night, the batteries are not sufficient.
Chicken Coop – R20 000
They need to build a new chicken coop to allow them to sell eggs and chickens and keep some for themselves. The existing coop and pond are used for their free-range Peking ducks, for which they already have a customer. With the addition of a chicken coop, they will have chickens, eggs, and ducks for their consumption and also for sale.
Vegetable Tunnel – R7 000
The current vegetable tunnel produces (a very small amount of) vegetables for their own consumption. The new tunnel will be used to start a twofold business: grow herbs to sell as seedlings or bigger plants and use the herbs to make herbal balms for treatment of eczema, rashes, and dry skin. The women will be taught how to extract essential oils and how to make, market and sell these ointments.
A Laptop – R15 000
Their phones are old and definitely not the best way to market all their new ideas. In order to do proper marketing of their bricks and herbal ointments etc. a laptop will help with the overall success of it all.
Electricity – R20 000
They want to get plans drawn up and submitted to the council to apply for electricity. This will be a long and costly process. A pre-paid meter, the electrical cable, the Electrical Inspector’s COC certificate are all costs that are to be added to the application fees. This is one of their more long-term projects as we know this will take months to complete.
Something they have not asked for, but we think is of utmost importance:
A Minibus – R100 000
The children are currently being transported in a pick-up truck to school and back. A minibus would be a more suitable vehicle to ensure the children’s safety.
Please forward this to your churches and companies – maybe you can choose 1 item and fundraise for it together. Alternatively, we would be so incredibly grateful for any donations, big or small. Every single pound will make an impact into the total we need to cover these projects. Your investment is not just in these material items but in the hope, dignity and well-being of people seeking to rebuild their lives and the lives of their children.
Should you/your company prefer to pay the service provider yourself directly, please let us know and we can forward you the respective quotation with banking details.
Should you wish to support SAFRP monthly, on an ongoing basis, kindly let us know and we will send you banking details of our suppliers which you can pay directly.
Examples of this will be:
– Animal Feed
– Toiletries incl. sanitary wear
– Nappies & Baby Formula
For more information on the SAFRP’s ongoing projects, please visit their web site https://www.safrpsa.org/
Facebook Link: https://web.facebook.com/SouthAfricanFamilyReliefProject
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