TWCT Newsletter July-August 2017
We want to create a sense of identity and encourage the homeless and destitute to make smarter decisions through emotional support and life skills, and to develop them back into contributing members of society.
The Wellness Centre Trust
July – August 2017
Message from our CEO
Focus on your goal.
Don’t look in any direction but ahead!
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to keep focused and not be distracted with our surroundings. We witness first-hand the desperate needs of so many people. If we lost our focus we would be consumed by our compassion and be continually meeting everyone’s daily needs and not have the capacity to reach our vision and goal.
Our primary focus is to take an individual off the streets and into society on a sustainable level. Each person is different with different backgrounds and reasons as to why they are living on the street. We interview each person and strategize a plan which we can implement to help them back into society. This allows them eventually to be able to provide for themselves and their families. This requires a sharp focus on the individual in front of us.
I would like to encourage you to participate in our “Foster Programme” where you or your company can focus on an individual or family. The idea is to work with The Wellness Centre Trust, with a plan to assist these individuals off the streets and into their own homes. This will give them the opportunity to become valuable working contributors to society.
MANDELA DAY – 18 JULY 2017
Nelson Mandela Day not only celebrates Nelson Mandela’s life, but it is also a global call to action for people to recognize their ability to have a positive effect on others around them. The day hopes to inspire people to embrace the values that Mandela shared. These values include democracy, freedom, equality, diversity, reconciliation, and respect.
This year we were blessed by two different organisations with donations and would just like to give special thanks to Shelley from 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day South Africa who donated beautiful handmade scarves for each individual as well as TFG Marketing & eCommerce who collected their second hand clothing for our clothing drive. All goods were handed out on the 23rd of July.
A new initiative that we have recently started is the ‘Foster Programme’. This programme focusses on Individuals or Corporates who would choose an individual or family which they will then sponsor financially or with goods in kind. The Wellness Centre Trust will steward the items and or finances and send receipts and photos back to the sponsors.
This allows us to be more intentional and specific in helping people back into society. There will be a plan for the individual or family as we do not want to create a long term dependency rather a 6 month/12 month plan.
Here is a story of one such family receiving sponsorship and the change it has made in their lives:
Ntombi Mnikwa came to The Wellness centre Trust in 2015. She is an adult who never had a South African ID before. We sponsored a social worker to work with her to obtain the necessary documents and information to go to Home affairs and after 18 months the process was complete and she received her ID card. At that time she was jobless and staying in a shack with her partner who since then passed away. Her four children were staying in the Eastern Cape and were also living in terrible conditions. The Wellness Centre Trust then sponsored their transport and reunited them with their mom. None of the children had a birth certificate so The Wellness Centre trust then went through the process with her and after almost a year all four were able to have their birth certificates. This meant that now they could register with SASSA and this single mom was able to get a grant for each child. In the meantime Ntombi was able to get a domestic job but unfortunately still pays very little. Due to lack of funds and no birth certificates at the time the children did not go to school for an entire year last year. Now with their birth certificate’s and two financial sponsors who we call their “Foster Sponsors”, the children have been sponsored school uniforms, school fees, books, school lunches and even a fridge.
Their lives have significantly improved with the help of The Wellness Centre Trust and their Foster Sponsors. This is not the end for Ntombi, our intention is to “upskill” her so she can get a better job such as a caregiver and help her improve her English speaking ability.
ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY
Dumisani, 43 years old, has received his certificate in plumbing this year. With the help of the Wellness Centre Trust and 31 Club, he was able to attend a two week course at the PCD College in Pretoria. Dumisani has started working in plumbing at a very young age, so he did have the experience but he never had an official document to prove this. With his new diploma, he has been hired by a company to carry out the maintenance of an entire building. He is hoping to get offered a permanent job, so that he will be able to support his wife and 3 children, with job security.
Dumisani has been coming to the meetings of the Wellness Centre Trust for a long time. He says he sees us as his friends, his church and trustees. “They’re always there for me and helped me in so many ways.” Every Sunday, Dumisani plays his guitar and sings to give the other people in need, hope for a better future. He says it’s he’s only way of giving back to them, and to thank the Wellness Centre for what they have done for him. “I am so grateful.”
NOT ALL HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE ON DRUGS OR THUGS
The story of Qualen, 19 years of age:
Qualen, originally from Pietermaritzburg, left his parent’s home when he was 9 years old. He dropped out of school in standard 8. For the past 10 years he has been homeless. He tries to get temporary jobs, for example handing out pamphlets on the street, which pays R50 a day to be able to sleep in a shelter, which he says costs R25 a day. He therefore mostly sleeps on the streets, under a bridge next to the railway. When we asked him if he could go back to his family for support, he answered that he’d rather stay away from them as he’d had bad experiences with them during his childhood. It’s clear that he has no one to fall back on.
Recently it was Qualen’s first time at the Sunday meeting of The Wellness Trust Centre. He says he enjoys the prayers and singing, it gives him strength and hope for the future. To be able to start applying for a steady job, he will need to get some sort of degree of certificate. Luckily, he already has an ID. He is eager to learn and seems motivated to make something of his life. He hasn’t lost hope but he does say it’s very hard to get a job but he tries to stay positive. Qualen was very happy and thankful that we spent the time to get to know him and that we’re trying to help him.
THANK YOU TO EACH AND EVERYONE
FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Ways to get involved:
- Financial donations
- In-Kind donations
- Volunteer time and / or services
- Sponsor a beneficiary
- Host a fundraising event on our behalf
- Section 18A Tax Certificate for tax benefits
- BB-BEE Scorecard Points
Donations can be made to the following account:
The Wellness Centre Trust
Durban North Branch
Account Number : 370424557
Swift Code: SBZA ZA JJ
Please email proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org