WOMEN SUPPORTING WOMEN

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Cape Town, South Africa

You all (should) know that I am fiercely passionate about women coming together in support of each other. When I decided to feature a few South African non-profits or organisations that are run by women, for women, I was confronted by a very long list. It was really difficult to whittle that list down to just a few. I really wanted to focus on 3 organisations that are making pretty significant waves in their relevant industries.





THREE SOUTH AFRICAN NGO’S SUPPORTING WOMEN


So if you are looking for a cause to champion, if you want to extend your influence towards something greater than yourself, if you are just looking to make a very small difference, you should consider one of these organisations.




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DRESS FOR SUCCESS CAPE TOWN


Dress for Success is an amazing organisation. You may not have heard of yet, but you will, trust me. Their aim is to empower unemployed women so that they can return to the workforce. When you’ve been unemployed for years, getting a job can be incredibly daunting. Your confidence takes a further knock when you come from a disadvantaged background and cannot afford to buy a new item clothing for your interview. Dress for Success not only helps women throughout the recruitment process with CV building, skills training and development, they also provide these women with clothing to wear to their interview, and a few outfits to carry them through to their first salary. What I love about this organisation is that you don’t need to have spare cash to make a difference. They accept donations of gently worn work wear and accessories. So if you have old clothing just hanging in your cupboard, why not round them all up and donate them to Dress for Success? Your old threads could change someone’s life.



MILK MATTERS


The milk a baby receives in its first days of life is incredibly important. If that baby is premature, that milk is life saving, and life sustaining. Very often, for many different reasons, mothers may be unable to nurse their newborn babies themselves. And this is where Milk Matters comes in. Milk Matters provides only screened, pasteurised donor breastmilk from healthy, screened mothers who willingly donate their breastmilk to help other babies. While it is very possible to make a financial donation to Milk Matters, what they really need is milk. So if you are a breastfeeding mom with a great supply of milk and you think you could spare a bit, please, I urge you, get in touch with Milk Matters. Make a donation. If premature babies do not receive donor milk, they are given IV fluids and if they are given IV fluids, their chance of survival drops drastically.


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SUBZ PADS


Every day, thousands (THOUSANDS!!!!!!) of girls across South Africa miss school because they have their period. If you are active on social media, you may feel like this conversation has been had a million times, well we’re going to have it a million more times and we’ll keep having it, until no girl misses a day of school because of something as manageable as a period. I was in our local grocery store and almost choked when I saw the price of my usual tampons, R79 guys. That is R79 for the amount of tampons it will take to see me through my period. Now image you come from a home with a single income or zero income. A home where your parent(s) are struggling to feed you, never mind spend the little money they have on hygiene products. How do you manage? Easy, you don’t. You miss school, your marks suffer, you repeat the grade, you eventually decide to drop out (because what’s the point?) and you continue in the cycle of abject poverty you were raised in. THIS IS IMPORTANT GUYS. THIS CAUSE MATTERS. IT MATTERS MORE THAN I CAN ADEQUETLEY COMMUNICATE. We need to all take responsibility for these girls. They hold the future of our country in their hands and if we forget them now, where will be? Subz Pads is one of the organisations doing the maximum to ensure that no girl misses a day of school because of her period. While there are quite a few organisations that are collecting and distributing pads, what I love about Subz Pads is that they are distributing washable sanitary towels and panties. They are solving a problem. Please go to their site and make any donation you can afford to make. I can’t stress the important of this organization enough. We need to help. As women who can afford pads and tampons, we need to help.

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Giving back is the easiest way to improve and grow our society. When you live in a country like South Africa, where the divide between the have's and the have not's is so huge, it often feels like a canyon that just grows wider, it is important to help when you can.

No one is asking you to do more than you can. I'm only asking that you do everything you can. And if all you can do is a little, then great, if you can do a lot, amazing, do it. Just make sure that you help when you can. It doesn't have to be to any of the organisations I've listed above. Go out and pick a cause. Do the research, find a way to make a difference. It feels really good, trust me.

Nikki
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