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Marise Cloete | Goedgedacht

Meet the unstoppable force behind Goedgedacht’s First 1000 Days programme – Marise Cloete.
 
As a qualified Social Worker, with a Master’s degree on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Marise has been part of the Goedgedacht team for over two and a half years now. Over this time, she has been involved in the lives of a total of 974 pregnant women and their babies, and is determined that, on her watch, all her mums and babies would be properly nourished. Marise travels far and wide, in her little “First Thousand Days” van (funded by Lieben Logistics), spreading information, giving hope, support and hosting training sessions for mums at our various POP centres.
 
We are immensely proud of her and the work she does through our First 1000 Days programme.
 

Empowervate Trust

Empowervate Trust was founded in 2013 to house the Youth Citizens Action Programme (Y-CAP) which was incubated at Afrika Tikkun from 2009. The programme fulfils the organisation’s mission of empowering and motivating the next generation of active citizens and social entrepreneurs. Over the years they have empowered over 40,000 learners from more than 4000 mainly public schools. The Department of Basic Education is their implementation partner and they are supported by corporate funders who make our work possible. They have many success stories and case studies about the powerful impact they have in communities and individuals.

An example is an alumnus who became a volunteer with them after participating in the programme when he was at school. Since then he has qualified as an advocate in rural KZN, started his own NPO helping out of school youth to succeed, as well as self-publishing a book guiding rural youth on how to cope at university. 

Empowervate: http://www.empowervate.org

Creseldah Ndlovu | Creseldah Educational Foundations

Creseldah Ndlovu is known as "Bushbuckridge Mother Teresa '' because of her kindness and life-changing initiatives to the children, youth and women empowerment programs. She is the founder of Creseldah Educational Foundations, the NGO that has contributed to many children from destitute families since 2005. Through her love for community building, Creseldah created the "Girls Academy" which addresses teen pregnancy prevention and supports teenage mothers. The program has impacted more than 1000 girls in the Mpumalanga Bushbuckridge region. Many Children have graduated because of her life-changing program, and some received learnerships and employment. 

Creseldah also launched a Social Enterprise that manufactures washable and reusable sanitary pads for sustainability and job creation to young women. She was profiled in the Mail&Guardian in 2020 as a "woman changing South Africa".  
 
Creseldah Educational Foundations: http://www.ceffoundation.co.za 

Tsietsi Kas Lam Foundation

Tsietsi Kas Lam Foundation is an organisation that understands what their communities need, and they do everything they can to adapt and provide what is needed, when it is needed. They focus on the wellbeing of women, children and the wellbeing of the community of Palmridge. Tsietsi Kas lam Foundation is offering personal /spiritual counselling services, mentorship, career advice, social development, clothing, sanitary essentials and a soup kitchen, and their list continues to grow.

Since the announcement of lockdown gender-based violence cases have greatly increased. They responded to this crisis by hosting a gender-based violence dialogue to assist families. Since lockdown has led to more families in need of food, they responded by starting a soup kitchen that feeds more than 200 families. They also provide a laundry service in the community. They are looking to extend their services to also providing supplies such as groceries, hygiene packs, clothes, and blankets to families in need. They wish is to "bring a smile" to families in need by providing some of their basic necessities. 

Tsietsi Kas Lam Foundation: Facebook

Who are the unsung heroes at your NPO? Or is your NPO itself an unsung hero? Send us a photo and a short story (less than 200 words) about what the person or NPO has done that you'd like the world to know about! 

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