Domino Effects Newsletter

Q&A – How can you help in the COVID-19 crisis?

WOW, we have been amazed at the commitment and support of communities in action and our hearts are to continue working as one body with many parts.

Therefore we thought it would be useful to you to help field some of your pressing questions, so we can all be as effective as possible, in these unpredictable times to assist with good intentions and efficacy.

Suggested Schools Response

With all schools currently closed and the Government/School Nutrition Programmes out of commission/action, this is the time for local school families to help other school families in need, if you can, please.

Most schools have a ‘Moms who Care/Prayer’ committee who may already be aware of and are currently helping, vulnerable families in need. Or if you don’t know the families you can contact the school Administrator to find out who needs help/support.

A simple suggestion would be that for every school family in need, 3 – 5 other school families could divide and conquer to support with a few additional basics to meet those needs on a weekly basis? We suggest you have one champion co-ordinating those efforts (Ideally someone from Moms who Care/Prayer Committee instead of reinventing the wheel)

It is NB not to move, but as many families are already going to the shops for their own basic needs, the idea is to simply add a few extra items into your basket. And the reality is there will be parents who work in Essential Services and will have a driving permit, who could help collect and deliver aid if/where necessary #eachonereachone.

In essence, everyone has something small to assist with to help school families in need #manydropsmakeariver

Suggested Church Response

Churches looking inward: Pastoral Care

As with the above, if each Small Group, Life Group, Connect Group and/or Home Group Leader is aware of the needs within their congregation and liaises within the group themselves to help meet those needs, that is first prize!

Secondly appealing to the Mercy Ministry within the church structure for a coordinated effort in responding to ensure that there are none in need among us (Acts 2 Church in action)

Churches looking outwards:

Please call the other churches within your areas (Anglican, Charismatic, Methodist etc) and identify what each of you has in your hands to serve your collective community (someone in your congregation will have a driving permit, some will have funds to donate and some will join and lead intercessory prayer groups etc). Please connect, collaborate and crack on!!

Suggested NGO Response

Now more than ever is a time to meaningful collaboration and partnering all feet on the ground.  It is imperative that NGO’s are mapping those working in the same Geo-locations as themselves and are communicating daily as to the needs within those communities to strengthen the reach and not overburden resources.

The basics in relief work is to identify the three BIG W’s

WHO is doing WHAT, WHERE?

Compile lists of skills and services and then co-labour to meet the needs of those you are called to serve. NB Please make sure you have permits to do so!

Suggested Individual Response

Please this is not the time to start another project, NGO or Food Hamper Collection Drive without supporting those already in motion.

There are so many people in desperate need (people who live alone without family, the elderly, widows, orphans, single parents and foreign nationals) and the demands can be crippling and overwhelming if not managed steadily and wisely.  You don’t want to take a shotgun, spray approach.

When individuals/families/couples contact you for support or help, direct them to their local church/Pastoral Team who will find out their needs and ways to assist if possible (Do people need someone to help with shopping, collecting medication, meals, data or money, etc)

For some, it is simple a listening ear and some love and encouragement that they are not alone and we will get through this #bettertogether

Suggested Homeless Response

The City has set up 15 (and counting) Satellite Homeless Shelter Sites, where individuals are screened for COVID-19, TB and other medical requirements and then referred to a suitable site or directed to a hospital/healthcare facility.

The homeless are provided with shelter, blanket, a daily program of suggested activities and 3 meals a day.

We understand that most homeless people are not used to boundaries and it is tough to adjust to a regular schedule and structure when being so independent on the streets. Please continue to refer them to Moses Mabhida to receive assistance.

We welcome your questions so please do email us on admin@domino.org.za

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COVID-19 In response to our Staff

STAFF/TEAM:

As a large proportion of our staff live within the communities that we serve, a number of our staff are at risk of infections as well. While we as a civil society role player exist to serve our beneficiaries, we as an organisation also exist for the benefit of our teams. The team’s health and wellbeing is of the utmost importance and as such we have implemented a Work from Home (WFH) Policy up until 14 April 2020, when schools and programmes are scheduled to resume.

Field-based teams – As per our usual protocol during school holidays, field-based teams will break for the extended holidays (18 March – 14 April 2020)

Office-based teams – The team will have remote access, utilise Zoom technologies for Virtual Meetings and schedule regular Telecommunications Meetings as needed while working from home.

Our team will continue to support our Stakeholders and Partners effectively and efficiently during this period. We have instructed all staff to practise essential social distancing techniques, increased hygienic practices, strict immune support programmes as well as self-isolation should any symptoms materialise over the next few weeks.

MEMBERS:

Finally to our Members, we are responsible to you for ensuring that The Domino Foundation continues to serve our Stakeholders, support our communities, influence our city and achieve our objectives for 2020. We have conducted a Risk Assessment, combined with an Environmental Analysis of our macroeconomic impacts and are developing a strategy to ensure our continued success throughout this period. Our focus during this period, is to continue with our core programme objectives and ensure the well-being of our Beneficiaries, Partners and Staff/Team.

Kind regards,

Shaun Tait

Chief Executive Officer

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17 Goals to change the world!

In 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), also known as the Global Goals, were intended to be adopted by the world (OK, just the UN Member States and rolled out worldwide!) as a Universal Call-to-Action to address a number of core social challenges that plague our universe in the 21st century. The SDG’s are a bold and succinct commitment to tackle the underlying humanitarian issues facing our global community today with a commitment to end human suffering and poverty, protect the planet and her resources and ensure individuals thrive in peace and harmony by 2030.

So when we as Domino Foundation read the SDG’s, the purpose and vision of our community impact work of “seeing individuals and communities, living in dignity, justice, hope and purpose” is strategically well directed. Through the Social Justice, Nutrition & Education initiatives, we have set out to change the narrative of our province to close the gap on poverty, hunger, improve quality education, strengthen gender equality and stimulate economic growth.

Our Social Change theme for 2020 is ALIGNMENT, which is to keep positioning our vision, resources, partnerships and collaborations with like-minded #CHANGEMAKERS. The research, monitoring, measurement and tracking indicators in all programmes and interventions align with the SDG’s goals for community impact within Durban, KZN

So if you as an individual, within a company, Trust or Foundation are trying to support the SDG’s and are wanting to engage with transformation within South Africa, then make contact to we can partner towards this national and global movement.

The work of the Domino Foundation aligns with Goals 1, 2, 4, 5 and 8
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SWOP SHOP UPDATE QUARTER 1

In South Africa, waste management has evolved over the past quarter of a century. Since early 2000, local communities have seen initiatives to improve the quality of waste-management. The Domino Foundation’s Recycle Swop Shop is one such initiative where recycling and drop-off centres have been established to bring an economic incentive to communities who learn the value of recycling. An added aspect of these programmes is environmental upgrade and preservation which inevitably accompanies its outworking.

The Swop Shop collection and shop days happen weekly during the school term, as the Swop Shops are situated at primary schools in Dunoon and Phillipi in Cape Town where the programme operates. Phillipi’s recycling collection is managed by the school teachers rather than by the Swop Shop team This is another aspect of the programme’s empowering the local community to take ownership of the activity which impacts an ever-widening spectrum of the community. Recyclable materials are stored in a container onsite at the school and, when the container is full, the school notifies the programme leaders to send the recycling company with which Swop Shop works to make a collection. The Phillipi Shop has seen a falling-off of the recyclables being brought in over the past few months and hence the drop in the number of tokens been handed out. The reasons for this and how to motivate the community to embrace more whole-heartedly will need to be investigated and addressed so that the considerable positive impact the programme has seen in the past can be reached again and then maintained.

Each Wednesday of the school term, members of the community in Dunoon township come laden with recyclable material to The Domino Foundation’s Swop Shop at Enkwenkwezi School. The material is sorted and weighed and paid for in coupons and so becomes a means of exchange for basic necessities. As an empowerment initiative, this gives the community the opportunity to help themselves and break the mentality of hopelessness. The last Wednesday of the first term saw a veritable mountain of plastic bottles brought in which will now not be going into the City’s landfill. As a by-product of the Recycle Swop Shop programme, the aim is to instil an understanding of recycling and its importance in caring for the environment. In the process of giving the community the ability productively to “earn” so that basic toiletries and foodstuffs and other essentials can be “purchased” in exchange for the coupons, the vision is to beautify the Dunoon area (and the areas where the other Swop Shops operate in Cape Town), reduce the chance of disease, provide safe areas for play and inspire a sense of pride in the community. The ladies of Dunoon are grasping this vision of becoming effective environment changers. Leader of the Recycle Swop Shop programme, Riaan van der Westhuizen, said that he is amazed at the quantities of recyclables which the community members bring in: “This past year we were inundated with 1203 kgs of plastic which we sold on to a recycling company.  With the proceeds we are able to stock our Swop Shops.” The latest national recycling figures for plastics show that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which paints a brighter environmental picture. Each year, South Africans throw out well over a million tons of recyclable plastic. The pressure is on…the Western Cape may be soon facing a crisis with many landfills rapidly filling. In some areas, landfills could have reached their capacity in less than a year. The good news is that, of that, a good 40% finds its way into recycling. The Dunoon community, in hauling their blue plastic bags bulging with recyclables to the Recycle Swop Shop each week, is playing a vital part in this bid to save our environment.

As a fund-raiser and as an awareness initiative, The Domino Foundation had a team of riders complete the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour in March. The enthusiastic pedallers completed the gruelling but spectacular race around the peninsular sporting the cycling kit with the new corporate look.

The community at ‘Life Changers Church’ in Tableview and Milnerton regularly shows its generosity through donations of clothing to the Swop Shop programme. Fund-raising for the programme is an area which constantly needs to be revisited with regards to its tactics and targets. Life Changers Church has planned a Clothing Drive to run through the winter months so that the Swop Shops have an adequate supply of warm wear for the chilly weather. If you would like to contribute, please contact Sammy on adminct@domino.org.za or 021 557 7704.

The Recycle Swop Shop team was delighted to welcome Sammy Hart to assist with the programme’s administration from her base at the offices at Life Changers in Tableview. Riaan van der Westhuizen, leader of the Swop Shop programme said, ”Sammy’s coming on board will lighten the bureaucratic load  and will ensure a greatly strengthened link between the programme and the bigger Domino Foundation family and its other six programmes.”

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Life Skills Programme Update – 3rd Quarter

 

We are delighted that Nonhlanhla Majola has joined the team as a Youth Worker.

A total of 104 Life Skills lessons were taught in the course of the third term.

An introductory meeting with Edge Training has led to agreement being reached to pilot an after-school sports programme, either in Term 4 2017 or Term 1 of 2018.  Edge is awaiting sponsorship of equipment for this.

The Grade 7 learners from Zwakele took part in the Edge Schools leadership training 14-16th August.

Lifeline’s course, “Protective Behaviour” is being looked at with the team possibly going for training for February 2018. Meetings are being held to discuss training in counselling.

In 2018, one of the workers with the Life Skills programme will be offering Zulu dancing at the school as an extra-curricular activity.  A proposal is being put together to offer debating and leadership-training with class representatives and prefects is being considered.

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Medical Students Impact Matrics

With its express purpose of empowering school learners to make wise life-choices, The Domino Foundation’s Life Skills programme was delighted to have four UKZN medical students tutoring the Grade 12 learners at Amaoti 3 Combined. Working together with the school’s Principal, Mrs Maphumulo, and Physical Science teacher, Mr Majiya, the four university students, (Gift Machabe, Ayanda Nkosi, Sinethemba Mgolombane and Siyethemba Zwane) gave sixteen hours of Maths and Science coaching to the Amaoti learners on Saturday mornings. During this time, the medical students also facilitated an HIV/AIDS awareness workshop. Thanking them, Mr Majiya said, “Our students owe much of their success in their exams to your input”.

The Domino Foundation Life Skills programme reaches primary school children in the early teenage years in the Amaoti community. We believe that behaviour change is best effected through long-term relationships with learners in the formative phase of their lives. We impact a number of schools and reach children between the ages of 6 and 17 years. Our vision is to empower learners to make wise life choices, instilling in them a sense of self-worth and purpose and offering them hope for the future.

The Life Skills Programme comprises a four year HIV/AIDS prevention programme which runs at primary schools as part of the Life Orientation lesson. The project goal is to impact the lives of children who are vulnerable and under threat of HIV/AIDS. Work is done with children from 9-13 years assisting with their physical, cognitive, emotional and relational support and development.

The Domino Foundation Life Skills programme is dependent on both corporate and individual financial donors, on non-financial donors and on volunteers. If you would like more information, please contact Leigh-Ann Stevens (leigh-ann@domino.org.za) or 0315639605

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Red Light Programme Update – 3rd Quarter

During the third quarter, Red Light has conducted various training sessions with a number of communities, equipping individuals for the fight against trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable persons. Red Light personnel received an intensive three days of training by UNDOC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). That event, government and non-government bodies were able to discuss combatting trafficking in South Africa and methods to support survivors and prosecute perpetrators.

The Red Light programme has been able to create economic sustainability and employment opportunities through co-labouring with our beneficiary. This has enabled our beneficiary to earn a monthly sustainable wage through vocational training.

Our jewellery and swop-shop scheme has played a big role in assisting our beneficiary with day-to-day provision for her basic needs. Through our walking shoulder-to-shoulder with our beneficiary, we were able to pinpoint her struggle with literacy and communication in English. She was referred to UKZN were she is now completing educational assessments.

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Recycle Swop Shop Programme update – 3rd Quarter

The Recycle Swop Shop Programme was officially launched as part of The Domino Foundation when Executive Chairman Richard Mun-Gavin travelled to Cape Town to present to the Life Changers community the Foundation in all its seven programmes. Between January and mid-September this year, the Swop Shop’s three sites have seen a total of 23812kg of recyclables brought in. The Swop Shop operation at Wesbank No. 1 Primary School has been suspended because of security concerns.

The Domino Foundation Recycle Swop Shop Programme is dependent on both corporate and individual financial donors, on non-financial donors and on volunteers. Samantha will welcome any enquiries at adminct@domino.org.za

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Skills Development Programme update – 3rd Quarter

With mid-year exams now behind them, the three students who have Skills Development bursaries for university studies are to be congratulated on all having obtained straight “A’s.  A total of 22 people have received the opportunity to enrol for learnerships, college and university study in a variety of disciplines and practical skills. Bleistahl Manufacturing South Africa, the Whalley Collective and Vetter and Associates have been extremely generous in funding these young people. Two are studying to become teachers and the third is doing Dental Therapy. One young man who has completed a course in welding is looking for employment. If anyone has an opening for him, please contact the Foundation on 031 563 9605.

The Domino Foundation Skills Development Programme is dependent on both corporate and individual financial donors and would be pleased to partner with other corporate entities in seeing the programme’s reach expand.

 

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A Great Start to the Day

Each morning, before the school day begins, Thandeka Duma has a large group of children come to her Young Stars Development and Nutrition Centre on an open plot of land in Illovo Township. There they are fed breakfast and again lunch at the end of class later in the day.  Thandeka is helped by a number of local ladies who are out of work to prepare the food. The Domino Foundation’s Feeding programme in Amanzimtoti kitchen supplies her with bread, peanut butter, mealie meal and rice to help in her project to fill stomachs so that the pupils can apply themselves to their studies more effectively.

If you are keen to help with the Feeding Programme in the South Basin area, please contact Cheryl Dann (feedingtoti@domino.org.za/082 444 9592).

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