Stories of Help

A feeding programme can help

Odette and Ebrahim Hossen are two remarkable people. Since February 2009 they have been running a community outreach and feeding programme in aid of those less fortunate in their community. They ensure that the Pietermaritzburg communities of Cinderella Park, Madiba, Tembalihle and Eastwood get a warm meal every Monday and Thursday. Their feeding programme ensures…

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Youth empowerment can help – Victoria Ward and Columba

Two years ago Victoria Ward, principle of Merchants’ (a Dimension Data company) CSI programme, saw an opportunity to take the company’s CSI initiatives to a new level. Instead of simply sponsoring a charity or initiative she got their hands dirty with an NGO called Columba Leadership. Together they have helped shaped the future of over…

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Getting to know an underdog can help

Being a business woman, Jenna da Silva Pinto saw a unique opportunity. She made a connection which now seems so obvious. But this would not be a lucrative business, delivering large returns on investment. “I’ve always marveled at the therapeutic power of animals and I decided to start a project that could bring together troubled…

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Music can help – Delft Big Band

The Delft Big Band was started in August 2008 under the directorship of Ian Smith and assistant director Dayna Pearce. The band targets vulnerable youth from high schools in the Delft area. The band members come from underprivileged backgrounds as Ian explains: “The band is the answer to getting these kids off the streets, it…

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Soap can help

Have you ever given much thought to the bits of soap that remain after you have used up a bar? You know — the thin sliver that slips through your soap dish or slips out of your hand before you can get a lather going! Like most of us, Sharlene Solomon had not thought much…

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Hands of Honour

Paul Talliard knows just how devastating drug addiction can be. A former fireman, Paul lost everything he owned due to his addiction to drugs. For a while, he started visiting soup kitchens. Paul explains his experience: “After visiting one particular soup kitchen, I observed that the people running it not only dished up food, but…

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