The South African Children’s Charitable Trust was founded by Jon and Victoria Erasmus. Jon was born and raised in Durban and the family travel to SA every year to visit relatives and friends. Founding The South African Children’s Charitable Trust has seen a dream realised as the opportunity to make a difference and really help both orphaned and vulnerable children and young people becomes a reality.
One of our partner organisations Ikhethelo is located in Kwa Zulu Natal. After several years of child sponsoring which included visiting and getting to know the Ikhethelo, it was clear that every penny raised goes directly to the children and we were keen to do more to help. Ikhethelo and its sister organisation Lily of the Valley are both outstanding examples of organisations that are really making a difference to these children by helping them to have the opportunity to reach their potential and dream big.
However, with lack of funding, poverty, HIV/Aids and access to basic resources, makes it at times increasingly difficult for these organisation to function.
The South African Children’s Charitable Trust hopes to be able to really support the current and future projects within Ikhethelo and Lilly of the Valley and indeed any other similar organization within the Kwa Zulu Natal area.
The South African Children’s Charitable Trust will also continue to help support the everyday living conditions that the children have. For example, broken toilet seats, bedding, crockery, rooms painted, basic maintenance, clean water and working showers or baths.
These basic needs can be left unfixed due to budget prioritising and aren’t always seen as attractive fundraising projects. However as a charity a main goal for us is to ensure that the living conditions for every child is perfect and that these are taken care of or fixed.
Our role in the UK is to fundraise for specific projects and for the everyday living conditions for the children. We also visit the organisations that we help support in South Africa at least once a year and work closely with on an ongoing regular basis.
Additionally, The South African Children’s Charitable Trust will help raise awareness in the UK of these incredible organisations. These organisations that are making such a huge difference to those they help, one child at a time, and offer the confidence to those in the UK that the every penny raised will be going directly to the children it was meant to help.