CTICC staff at an urban farm run by Abalimi Bezhekhaya.
The CTICC is proud to announce that it has adopted five local community partners which the centre has committed to supporting moving forward.
After months of consultation with staff, who have played an important role in nominating and substantiating why these NGOs should be chosen, the CTICC announced that it will partner with Abalimi Bezekhaya, Foundation for Alcohol Related Research, Ikhaya le Themba, Mothers Unite and Journey of Enrichment.
“These non-governmental organisations play an important role in uplifting and enriching communities within Cape Town and the Western Cape. As a strategic asset of the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Government, the CTICC is committed to not only building its business but giving back to the community and striving to be a responsible corporate citizen. We believe the most effective way to do this is to partner with like-minded organisations who have the expertise and ability to address the many challenges faced by our communities,” says CTICC Chief Executive Officer, Julie-May Ellingson.
Ellingson adds: “During the selection process, we were inspired by the much-needed support that so many organisations provide to some of the most vulnerable segments of our society. It was certainly not an easy task to select the CTICC partners from the outstanding applications received and while we would have loved to be able to partner with all these organisations we sincerely hope that through the partnerships we have made will be able to make a positive difference in the lives of Cape Town communities.”
The CTICC has been supporting Abalimi Bezekhaya since 2013 and is excited to continue its partnership with the NPO not only through donations but also by procuring fresh organic vegetables through its social business arm, Harvest of Hope. Abalimi Bezekhaya supports micro-farmers on the Cape Flats to grow their own organic vegetables.
FARR is another NGO that the CTICC has partnered with in the past. The organisation works with communities affected by foetal-alcohol syndrome disorder in South Africa. In the past year, FARR used CTICC donations to initiate and pilot their 'Do you have 3 minutes' door to door awareness campaign.
Journey of Enrichment is a feeding scheme that supports the community through sustainable development, and works to empower women and youth through education. The organisation’s feeding scheme focuses primarily on food parcel drives and the organisation regularly beautifies the neighbourhoods in which it operates. However, the NGO is in urgent need of, skills exchange programmes and food donations. It also needs support to market itself to increase exposure of its work.
Mothers Unite was started by Carol Jacobs and a small group of mothers who realised that many of the children in their neighbourhood were going hungry every day. The NGO focusses on empowering vulnerable women and children in the Seawinds and Lavender Hills communities in Cape Town. Because of the type of work it does, Mothers Unite is in constant need of resources for its literacy, nutrition, and first aid programmes, as well as its computer lab.
“For Mother Unite, we are totally elated and humbled by the fact that we were selected. This partnership with the CTICC will affect more people in a positive way and will help development within our communities,” says Carol Jacobs.
“Ikhaya le Themba’s heart is to equip communities to care for vulnerable families through community and skills development initiatives. Our objective is to empower individuals in the communities and to run the programmes and projects. This has been an awesome journey of building strong relationships within communities as we train and empower locals to care for their own. Although we work primarily in Khayelitsha, we do train other communities across Southern Africa,” says Theresa Richardson, Enterprise Development Manager at Ikhaya le Themba.
In their application the NGO indicated that donations of food, stationery and building materials as well as funding to market its enterprise development initiative, Indalo, would allow it to work at full capacity.
During the 2015/16 financial year, the CTICC spent over R850 000 supporting various non-profit organisations and ran over 20 social sustainability activations varying from offering donations, sponsoring venues and volunteering activities.