domino effect

Who is The Domino Foundation? #KnowYourNPO

Who exactly is The Domino Foundation and what do they do?

So the Recycle Swop Shop joined The Domino Foundation last year and continues to operate within impoverished communities in the Western Cape.

But who exactly is The Domino Foundation and what do they do?

The Domino Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a desire to see individuals and communities within South Africa living in dignity, justice, hope and purpose. Through acts of mercy, contending for justice and empowering lives, The Domino Foundation works to see individuals and communities transformed.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to take a deeper look at The Domino Foundation and help YOU to #KnowYourNPO now that we (The Recycle Swop Shop) are a part of the #DominoEffect.

We will look at:

  • WHAT does The Domino Foundation do?
  • WHY the name?
  • HOW do we do it? and
  • Ways to SUPPORT us as part of The Domino Foundation.

“Essentially, at the core of who we are, is a collective of like-minded individuals who are inspired, motivated and encouraged to see the world changed.”

So keep checking on Facebook this week and follow the hashtag #KnowYourNPO for more!

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#KnowYourNPO Recycle Swop Shop

#KnowYourNPO SwopShop

How much do you really know about The Domino Foundation Recycle Swop Shop?

Having recently joined The Domino Foundation, we thought it would provide the perfect opportunity to showcase the work of the Recycle Swop Shop. Over the past few months, Domino has been running a #KnowYourNPO campaign which examines each of The Domino Foundation’s seven community transformation programmes.

Over a four week period, we take some time to focus on exactly (1) WHAT the programme is, (2) WHY we do it and show you (3) HOW the programme is implemented. We also share some exciting ways for you to engage with and throw your weight behind these initiatives to multiply the good work we are doing. Our aim of this campaign is to share with the world the work we are involved in and hope that individuals gain a greater understanding and the ‘bigger picture’ of the expansive work we do.

This October & November, our #KnowYourNPO campaign will focus on The Domino Foundation’s Recycle Swop Shop programme, operating in the Western Cape, shedding light on WHAT it is, WHY we do it, HOW we do it and WAYS for you TO SUPPORT it!

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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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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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Teaching the Toddlers

Early in 2017, Liezel Rabey moved to KZN from Gauteng with her family. She contacted The Domino Foundation, wanting to be involved in some aspect of the foundation’s activities. Liezel, an educational psychologist, has a passion for seeing toddlers established on a firm grounding for the school years ahead of them. She has been running an informal play school at The Domino Foundation’s Babies’ Homes since then three times a week, with two other ladies, Amanda Pet and Kerrie Tomlinson, having taken up the challenge to increase that to a fourth day each week. Music, art and dance lessons are great fun and develop the little people’s co-ordination and imagination. Their fine motor skills are strengthened through puzzles, play dough and threading. Every second week, the children are seeing their worlds enlarged with visits to exciting places like Animal Farm, the Mitchell Park Zoo, Ushaka, the Port Natal Maritime Museum where the toddlers had a wonderful time exploring the steam tug and the minesweeper, King Shaka and Virginia airports, the Trampoline and Bird Parks. Liezel has set up a veggie garden where the children take part in the planting, watering, weeding. Here they are admiring the very healthy broccoli in the garden.

The vision of the Babies’ Homes Programme is to provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment for abandoned babies and toddlers before their being adopted into a loving family unit.

While the children are in our homes, we ensure that they have 24 hour care in a holistically safe environment which caters to their physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual needs. Our desire is to provide as stable a home-life for these little people as we can so that their transition into their adoptive families is as easy as possible.

We have items which we need on an ongoing basis to enable us to keep functioning effectively. We gratefully receive donations of any of the items on the following list:

 

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#KnowYourNPO: Red Light

We’re excited to announce that from October Red Light Anti Human Trafficking officially joined The Domino Foundation as one of our community transformation initiatives. Which makes it the perfect time to shed some light on our newest programme! Read about Red Light here, what this union means for you and how you can get involved.

#1. Did you know that 27 million people are a victim of human trafficking across the globe Human Trafficking = Exploitation of vulnerabilities.

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#2. Red Light reaches out and assists survivors of human trafficking and exploited sex workers who feel they cannot exit the industry due to social and economic circumstances. Although Red Light works with victims of sex trafficking you cannot truly separate sex trafficking from other forms of human trafficking – forced labour or being smuggled into a country means that individuals are more likely to be exploited for commercial sex acts.

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#3. As one of the few second phase human trafficking programmes in our country, we have a heart to see exploited human-trafficked survivors restored to hope and dignity. We do this through REACHING OUT, RESTORING and RELEASING victims of human trafficking to fulfil their purpose and destiny.

#5. Our vision is to reach out, restore and release survivors of exploitation and Human Trafficking. We do this through equipping and empowering individuals spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively to be able to fulfil their purpose and destiny.

#6. We are motivated to see the chains of oppression broken and the oppressed set free!  This is done through REACHING OUT into Durban’s areas of high prostitution and exploitation. Red Lights heart is to LOVE and build sustainable relationships with the ladies and identify and assist those who are exploited or vulnerable to exploitation.

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#7. Red Light has a RESTORATION programme for Human Trafficked survivors and sex workers who are vulnerable to exploitation. Our Drop-in Center creates an environment where we offer emotional, financial and spiritual support with the aim to restore Dignity and Hope.

#8.Red Light’s programmes are based on LOVE and the word of God to release our beneficiaries into sustainable lives of FREEDOM and HOPE.

#9. Do you want to support a Survivor of Human trafficking but aren’t sure how? Simply sign up to MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet (It cost’s you NOTHING) and make The Domino Foundation a beneficiary. Every time you shop at participating outlets, the store donates a portion of your shopping cost to us! Sign up to the MySchool programme here: http://www.dom

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#10. Support The Domino Foundation Red Light Programme by donating through Zapper South Africa. Simply take out your phone, scan the QR code below and select an amount to donate. Proceeds will go towards supporting survivors of Human Trafficking.

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ECD Effects June/July 2015

The Early Childhood Development programme focuses on empowering ECD centre educators and owners with essential education and enterprise skills. Since it’s launch in 2011 the programme has impacted 32 crèches in the Amaoti area in rural KwaZulu-Natal, assisting in making ECD centres sustainable businesses in the process making a lasting economic and educational impact in the community.Sixteen of the creches are funded the Bright Start Programme, a Sibaya Community Trust initiative that invests in education.

We have witnessed many success stories throughout the years, classrooms have been built and beautified, owners have learnt business and teaching skills and kids have quality classes. To ensure that the little learners can absorb the quality education they’re fed nutritious meals everyday through the Domino Foundation’s feeding programme.

Primrose Gcabashe is the crèche owners of Thembelihle Crèche and is exceptionally proud of her new crèche built through the funds available through the programme. She believes the programme has empowered her run to an effective business as well as provide quality education saying, “I don’t feel so alone, I feel supported and encouraged and now I have a beautiful crèchethat I can teach the children in.”

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And the Effect Keeps Going

Durban North-based non-profit organisation Indlela has unveiled its new name, The Domino Foundation, together with a new corporate identity and website, www.domino.org.za

However, the outreach programmes that have positively impacted the North Durban community under the Indlela umbrella over the past eight years will continue to assist and uplift the needy in our local communities, confirmed Mickey Wilkins, Chairman of The Domino Foundation. The four major programmes managed by The Domino Foundation are: The Domino Foundation Babies’ Home (previously Fairhavens); The Domino Foundation Feeding Programme; The Domino Foundation Early Childhood Development Programme; and The Domino Foundation Life Skills Programme. All these interventions aim to empower individuals in every facet of their lives and equip them to lead purpose-filled lives.

The need to re-brand our organisation stemmed from two main reasons. First, there are now a number of different NPOs using the name ‘Indlela’, which has caused some confusion in the Donor Community. Secondly, when we started in 2004 the name, Indlela, was relevant to what we did then, (i.e. our community in need, and in need of assistance) but today we are seeing the fruit of that work i.e. large numbers of changed lives and communities that are changing quite significantly. And so the creative re-branding process began.

“We wanted to ensure that our image and name accurately reflect what we do,” explained Wilkins. “We noticed that by working with individuals – be they homeless babies, hungry children, or disadvantaged school-learners – the positive changes we helped to effect in their lives had a domino effect on the lives of their families and, ultimately, their communities. Our new name and corporate identity encapsulates that ripple effect.” Wilkins was quick to add that apart from that, nothing has changed! “Our passion for, and commitment to, communities in need, our management team, the partners we work with, our solid reputation, and our work ethos remain the same. The Domino Foundation will continue to rely on partnerships with private and corporate donors to effectively impact beneficiaries of its programmes.”

To play a part in the Domino Effect, go to www.domino.org.za and view the online video.

Or catch us on: Facebook 
and Twitter: @DominoRSA

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