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Competition Time – SMS and WIN!

Competition time! Yes – non-profits can run competitions, and this competition is possibly the BEST WIN-WIN there is! Not only do YOU stand a chance of winning an awesome getaway for two, but the child’s art that’s voted the best, will be kitted out for school next year (school shoes, uniform, stationery etc. whatever is needed!) KA-CHING!!!

So what’s the situation:

Win a trip for two to Umkhumbi Lodge!

The prize:

Win 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast for 2 people at Umkumbi Lodge worth R3960.00. Umkhumbi Lodge is in the heart of Zululand and is a superb base from which to explore nearby cultural and historical landmarks, as well as fantastic animal encounters including Africa’s Big 5. Umkhumbi offers luxury accommodation in comfortable air-conditioned lodges in unspoilt natural bush. Go to www.thewetlandpark.co.za for more information on this magnificient getaway.

Vote to Win:

The Grade R learners of Zuzukuhle School (one of the beneficiaries of The Domino Foundation), have created beautiful artworks reflecting the theme “Anything you can dream of”. YOU are invited to vote by sms for your favourite artwork to qualify for the exciting chance to win the unbelievable getaway prize. This competition runs for the month of November 2012, so vote now to stand a chance to win this fabulous prize!

Sms DOMINO and your selection of your favourite artwork e.g. ART1, or ART2 or ART3 and your NAME to 41911 (sms cost of R1.50).

 

eg. DOMINO ART1 [full name]

 

We will call the winner on 1 DECEMBER 2012! All proceeds go toward The Domino Foundation projects!

The young artist whose painting is voted most favourite will be fully kitted for school next year. – HOW COOL?!

ART1 : Nomcebo dreams of a big house and car
To vote for ART 1, SMS; DOMINO ART1 [your name] to 41911 (sms cost of R1.50)

ART2: Nosihle dreams of a house and an aeroplane
To vote for ART 2, SMS; DOMINO ART2 [your name] to 41911 (sms cost of R1.50)

 

ART3: Wandile dreams of a bus full of people
To vote for ART 3, SMS; DOMINO ART3 [your name] to 41911 (sms cost of R1.50)

Competition Partners:
The Domino Foundation is a non-profit organization that assists and empowers the most needy in communities to pave the way for a brighter tomorrow. The Domino effect is achieved through focused interventions which include : The Domino Babies Home, The Domino Feeding Programme, The Domino Early Childhood Development Programme and The Domino Life Skills Programme. These programmes equip individuals physically, emotionally, socially, cognitively and spiritually to enable purpose-filled lives. More information on the Domino Foundation can be found on www.domino.org.za


Angel Projects works in conjunction with various non-profit organizations and manages fun team building events for businesses to allow them practical outworking in underprivileged communities. These team building activities counts toward companies CSI / B-BBEE scorecard points. More information on this opportunity to impact can be found on www.angelprojects.co.za

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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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Student Social Workers at Indlela

Students making cupcakes

This term Indlela has had the privilege of helping 2 social work students complete their honours at the schools on our INDLELA Learning for Life programme.

Natalie Ogden sheds some light on her experiences, as she spent time at Amaoti 3 combined school, helping and assisting the girls to overcome certain obstacles and situations, while gaining a valuable understanding of life in a community and even herself.

My first day at Amaoti 3 School was very eye-opening. As a student social worker you are expected to do pre-group interviews and select a handful of pupils which you feel will benefit from group work counselling. After my first day I felt overwhelmed by the magnitude of needs that these pupils have. It was decided that I would work with the female grade 11 pupils who have a high pregnancy rate at the school. As a student social worker you are left with so many value dilemma’s in realising that a whole generation of children are faced with the harsh reality of teenage pregnancy and other youth related decisions. So many of the pupils are orphans, have more than one child and some were pregnant at the time of the interviews. How do you decide who should benefit from a 12 week counselling group workshop and who does not…. The need is so overwhelming, but we serve a God that knows each and every one of these girls and after three weeks of interviews, I selected my 9 girls and we began the process.

Students participating in Natalie’s counselling workshop

Social work for those of you that don’t know, is more than counselling and trying to fix perceived problems. As a student you are learning about yourself, about how organisations work and in my case…how group work actually happens in reality.  Here is this young, white female in the middle of the Amaoti community thinking that she can make a difference and realises that social work is more about getting down on your knees and digging in the dirt looking for diamonds that others can’t see. The world sees a generation of pregnant teenagers… I see a generation of woman who need to learn to shine and be who God called them to be.

I walked away on the 1st June 2012 having done our last session, there were mixed emotions of happiness in seeing how much the girls had grown and the strength they gathered from one another through support and trust. I was also sad at knowing that I had done what I had come to do, that I needed to trust in the seeds that were planted and that the students had the ability to be the difference they spoke about in the sessions.

There is a generation of children in the community of Amaoti who are orphans and many are facing hardship and indescribable pain… But they are strong, they are survivors and I know that with an organisation like Indlela who is prepared to dig in the dirt and make a difference… This generation is one that will not be left behind. Thank you Indlela staff for showing me that social work is in the heart and that a community is stronger than any perceived need. Together we can make a difference and you don’t need to be a social worker to get dirty and make a difference.

UNISA Social Work Students: Hlengiwe Thusi & Natalie Ogden

Farewell Party treats as the girls decorate cupcakes to show their lives and what they have learnt

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