African charities- a flicker of hope in the dark
The SOS Africa
SOS Africa is a non-profit,UK registered, African charity, which strives for the education and care of underprivileged African children that is carried out mostly by volunteers.
SOS Africa was founded in January 2003 by a student -teacher team of Matt Crowcombe and Henry Matthews. Since its inception as a small charity organization, SOS Africa has come a long way and at present has many success stories to its credit and is doing a commendable work for the education and the upliftment of the children in Africa.
It funds the education and care of children in 15 of the 30 underprivileged townships and has been actively involved in various charitable events including Hyundai/SOS Africa 2010 Football World Cup Project, one of the largest charity projects ever organized.
SOS Africa has a network of volunteers and supporters who work for the education and care of the underprivileged students in Africa. It has opened various charity Shops in countries like UK where people donate clothes, furniture, books etc. SOS Africa has sponsorship and donation options for those who wish to actively involve in this noble venture.
The Ufosa Foundation South Africa
The Ufosa Foundation is a reputed charity organization in South Africa that is involved in various segments like education, health and family planning.
Ufosa has set up 1000 libraries with the books that have been donated to them. Under its innovative venture of 100 Schools, 100 Libraries Programe, Ufosa staff is trying to set up 100 fully catalogues libraries in 100 needy schools in the country. Ufosa sources books from school children, publishers and libraries in th UK and the sponsors transport these books to South Africa.
Mustard seed project Kenya
Mustard seed project is a UK charity functioning in Mgongeni an urban slum area of Mombasa, Kenya. Some of the main activities of this organization include education, healthcare and a sports program for the underprivileged children.
Mustard seed project runs a school with feeding program for over 150 students and also offers health education classes for women including Swahili reading and writing classes apart from English as a second language. Basic computing skills are also being developed among women at Miche Bora Primary School where computers are accessible to the community.
Though Mgongeni is a community of over 8000 people, there are no adequate healthcare facilities even today. Mustard Seed offers training sessions for mothers on preventative health and women and child illnesses in addition to personal hygiene sexual health, AIDS and family planning among others. Mustard seed is also actively involved in various community welfare measures like digging wells to ensure safe drinking water.