We can’t pay caregivers with toys & toothbrushes!

As the final quarter of 2018, exam and employment energy decent begins towards the December slow down, there always seems to always be an emotional up-swing towards thanksgiving and philanthropy! And this is such an amazing gift for many NGO’s like ourselves, who benefit greatly from kind & thoughtful companies or communities. Or do we?!

We have an influx of individuals offering to bring their heartfelt contribution towards often what they believe we may need.

Now the harsh reality is that most NGO’s need cash for caregivers and running costs i.e. the financial means to reward the dedicated bevy of passionate people whose work is to hold, care, love and nurture the little and big people in desperate need.

They are the helping hands and hearts who care for the broken and vulnerable, the significant consistency of the same kind face, smooth voice, safe routine, familiar role model to help restore peace and boundaries in their chaotic lives. It is cash NGO’s need, not more toys and toothpaste!

And we are not talking big cash, we are talking R250 per family per month to your favourite place of health, healing and hope! Could you give up one night of takeaways per month?

It is so heartbreaking when good and kind people arrive with car loads full of hand me down clothing, puzzles and toys and equally sole destroying when they have used their hard earned cash for cheap sweets and candies that are not good for malnourished children, let alone the sugar rush it leaves for the caregivers when they drive out the gate.

Please hear our hearts, giving is good but responsible generosity is better!!

NGO’s are getting better at

  1. listing their exact needs (and a few treats)
  2. no longer accepting goods/services they don’t need
  3. sharing with other NGO’s
  4. becoming more courageous to partner with people who share a common vision for human restoration, rather than simply accepting donations cap in hand

So bold question is – could you give up your coffee cash or encourage your kids to sacrifice their lunch money once a month to invest in the paying for that kind and caring caregiver dedicated to loving that baby, child, youth and adult?

YES? Then please invest your R250 per month!

Caregivers can’t feed their families with toys and toothbrushes


Karen Brokensha

I am the Marketing and Fundraising Co-ordinator for iThemba Lethu. I am passionate about people, stories and fascinated by human courage, capacity and resilience!

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