Tuesday 29 May 2012
How do I go about fundraising in South Africa?
I had a stressful day yesterday...moving house...Today I went to an Informal Settlement and everything was put into perspective.
I found a day care centre for children aged 6 months to 6 years. I was representing another charity last week supporting the donation of shoe boxes filled with gifts for Christmas.
The day care caters for 62 children all from the township with 4 members of staff. They charge the parents R70 a month and that's their only income.
Today I turned up with a boot full of shopping, womens clothes and some basic crockery.
The children ran to the car, shouting, waving, the staff carried the bags into their kitchen and thanked me 'God bless you'
It's winter, they have a metal building, with various rugs scattered on the dirt floor, for schooling. There is no insulation, electricity or water. A seperate building for cooking and 2 huts with a hole in the ground for the toilets.
I want to do a one off project for this facility and thats to buy every child a blanket, hat, scarf and pair of gloves. It is winter, wity average night time temperatures around 5c and it's going to get colder) It will cost under R50 per child (that's less than £5) If I can get a deal with a supplier, even better.
But this is where I come unstuck....I don't know how to go about asking for donations. I can ask on twitter but how do we get the money here from other countries.
Are you able to help?