Domino Foundation

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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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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Movement Day: Inspiring a more impactful 2017

The Domino Foundation has a heart to see individuals and communities within South Africa living with dignity, justice, hope and purpose.

So when four of The Domino Foundation’s staff, Richard Mun-Gavin (Executive Chairman), Shaun Tait (COO), Mickey Wilkins (Domino Business) and Toni Wilkins (Past ECD and Life Skills Programme Manager) were asked to join 137 other Durban visionaries to attend the three-day city transformation conference in New York, called Movement Day, they said yes.

The conference built into The Domino Foundation’s vision of seeing our community being transformed and our representatives listened to inspiring and knowledgeable speakers from around the globe, connected with like-minded individuals and visionaries and were equipped to bring change back to Durban. Two key points they learnt, which we can all learn from, are:

Relational trust

One of the underlying ‘lessons’ taken from Movement day was the importance of Relational Trust forming the foundation for any partnership or collaboration. This means moving from just knowing organisations from a distance towards deeply understanding their heart and purpose, and getting to know the people behind the scenes on a personal level. If people and organisations are aligned relationally and that trust has been built then tasks, programmes and initiatives are more likely to succeed and endure challenges. Relational trust is also key to developing sustainable collaboration.

Collaboration

Simply, collaboration is working together with people to achieve a common goal. It does not mean that everyone is implementing or doing the exact same thing but rather doing different things that work towards the same common vision of seeing a city reach its true potential. By collaborating across different sectors (business, government and NGO’s) there can be true economic empowerment and social justice that contributes to a well-working city that benefits all its citizens. And that can only happen through a trust relationship.

What this means for The Domino Foundation?

Next year looks set to be more collaborative and focused on building intentional relationships than ever before. That means engaging with other NPO’s, governmental departments, business and individuals to transform communities.

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Richard Mun-Gavin and Shaun Tait.

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