At Chand, we believe it is our responsibility as citizens of South Africa and the globe to give assistance by way of time or financial assistance to uplift our environment.

In this regard, the plight of disadvantaged children is a cause that Chand has chosen to support. Projects that have received Chand’s attention include: Hokisa in Masiphumelele, the Masikhulisane Crèche in Samora Machel, and the South African Riding for the Disabled Association.

For Chand’s 10 year anniversary, the Light from Africa Foundation was chosen to create one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces as gifts for long term clients and colleagues. The funds from this exercise were donated to children affected with HIV/Aids.



 
HOKISA - www.hokisa.co.za

HOKISA (Homes for Kids in South Africa) was founded in 2001 in Cape Town as a South African non-profit NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) to contribute in the fight against AIDS by creating examples of care, especially for those who are most vulnerable – the children.

It is the aim of HOKISA to empower members of poor communities where HIV/AIDS is most devastating. The HOKISA organisation is run by volunteers. No money is spent for office buildings or costly administration. Donations are going directly to the projects for children, paid jobs are given to members of those communities where a home is built – with the aim to create responsibility and future ownership.

On December 1, 2002 (World AIDS Day) the first HOKISA Home was opened in the township of Masiphumelele, south of Cape Town, by Archbishop (em.) Desmond Tutu. This HOKISA Home was named by the community: HOKISA IKAYA LETHU – HOKISA OUR HOME

 
SOUTH AFRICA RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION - www.sarda.co.za

South African Riding for the Disabled Association (S.A.R.D.A.) was established in Cape Town in 1973 by Belinda Sampson and Joy Finlay. Today there are branches in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and on the Highveld.

The Highveld Branch of SARDA was established in 1984, and now has a centre in Peter Road, Ruimsig, Roodepoort. SARDA is affiliated to the RDA in the United Kingdom and the Federation for Disabled Riding International.

SARDA’s aim is to provide the opportunity of therapeutic and recreational horse riding for disabled people so that they might benefit in all aspects of their mental, physical and social lives.

The branch exists as a result of teamwork with all instructors and helpers volunteering their time and knowledge.

 
LIGHT FROM AFRICA - www.lightfromafrica.org

Light from Africa Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to empower historically disadvantaged South Africans, and especially children affected with HIV/Aids, through the creation and sale of hand crafted ceramic artwork. Every piece of artwork is an exclusive collectors’ item with a unique product code. The only common element is Light from Africa’s candle theme that is inherent in every work of art. By supporting a candle, each piece symbolises the mission to spread the light of Africa to the rest of the world.

 
MASIKHULISANE - Tel: 021 799 1148

The Masikhusilane Creche in Samora Machel is a facility with over 70 children and very limited resources. This crèche is in dire need of support from outside agencies and individuals. Through an article in the You Magazine, Ubuntu, Chand became aware of their desperate need for beds, as the children were sleeping on chairs and on the floor. Chand made contact with Miriam Siphondo from the crèche and subsequently donated beds for the children.

 
THE NATIONAL SEA RESCUE INSTITUTE (NSRI)

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is a non-profit organisation that saves lives on South African waters. Sea Rescue is run by 880 highly skilled volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year. Donations and sponsorships cover the annual running costs. The NSRI has 29 coastal and three inland stations. It has a fleet of 72 rescue craft, 21 vehicles and access to a range of helicopters. NSRI enjoys a good working relationship with other emergency services and believes that it is through team effort that lives are saved. www.nsri.co.za

Chand was approached by the CEO of the NSRI to provide services for the Environmental Impact Assessment required for a base station in Kommetijie. Chand is undertaking this exercise as a pro bono project.

 
 
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