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#SERVE247 COVER PRETORIA ON MANDELA DAY

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According to News24, Around 6 000 people in Pretoria are reportedly considered homeless.


My name is Ilonka Esterhuyse, I am the founder of an organisation called Fearless Love. For the past two and a half years, I have been dedicated to working with homeless in Pretoria.


During my many visits to the streets my heart has been broken countless times. I’ve listened to what it’s like to sleep on the streets in the middle of winter, what it’s like to go without food, and what it takes to survive each day. 


In June this year I discovered a homeless man in Sunny Side, Pretoria, approximately in his 30s, asleep in the coals of his fire trying to keep warm in the unforgiving winter cold.


It was heart wrenching seeing this man risk his life to keep warm. His only possessions were the t-shirt and shorts he was wearing. I thought to myself, is this what it means to be a human being? Does he have anyone who cares if he makes it through the night?


I’ve heard from single moms who have described what it’s like to raise a child on the streets and the concern they have for the child’s safety and well-being. 


As a mother myself, I think about the dreams I have for my children. That they will grow up to become teachers, doctors or even race car drivers. Then I think of the young faces I’ve seen on the street and how differently their lives will turn out to be although we live in the same South Africa.

 

Knowing I had to do something, I’ve launched this crowdfunding campaign to reach as many people as possible and to share the stories I’ve heard, so collectively, we can make a difference. By supporting our campaign, you will support us in providing at least 500 individuals with a warm blanket that will be distributed as part of our Mandela Day drive.

 

This Mandela Day, with the help of a few generous donors we have managed to put together small hamper packs that contain a few basic items that can help, in a small way, make this winter easier for at least 67 days. 

 

It will be a day of celebration, music and storytelling to empower the voiceless. One common thread,in all the stories I’ve heard, is that everyone wants to be noticed and to be recognized. Each individual will also receive a home-cooked meal, be able to have their haircut and receive advice from mentors. We want to take a day to restore their dignity, to show them that they are loved and that they matter.

 

We hope the public will join us in restoring dignity to the homeless and support our BackaBuddy campaign to help purchase blankets for those who have been forgotten, ignored and misunderstood.

Donations

  • Sep 09, 2019 - R 40.00
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  • Sep 03, 2019 - R 40.00
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  • Aug 28, 2019 - R 20.00
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  • Aug 27, 2019 - R 40.00
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  • Aug 22, 2019 - R 40.00
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  • Aug 20, 2019 - R 40.00
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  • Aug 17, 2019 - R 20.00
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  • Aug 16, 2019 - R 40.00
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  • Aug 12, 2019 - R 20.00
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  • Aug 08, 2019 - R 40.00
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  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 20.00
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  • Aug 02, 2019 - R 40.00
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  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 20.00
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  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 20.00
  • "#givedaily" - Akin Shode

  • Jul 19, 2019 - R 782.00
  • "do the greatest good to the greatest number of people" - Akin Shode

  • Jul 10, 2019 - R 300.00
  • "What you for yourself will be gone when you're gone but what you do for others not expecting anything in return will remain. " - Kabi

  • Jul 07, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "May God bless You for the wonderful work you are doing" - Simone Prinsloo

  • Jul 05, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "“And you ask ‘What if I fall?’ Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” –Erin Hanson" - Kim

  • Jul 04, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!” Exodus 14:14 MSG https://bible.com/bible/97/exo.14.14.MSG" - Sherifa

  • Jul 04, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "We give because he first gave" - Mr Mtetwa

  • Jul 04, 2019 - R 150.00
  • "For God so loved us that He Gave " - Thenjie Mtetwa

  • Jul 03, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Be blessed. " - Lehoko

  • Jul 03, 2019 - R 205.64
  • ""believe you can and you're halfway there" Theodore Roosevelt " - Percy Chitsa

  • Jul 03, 2019 - R 257.05
  • " "Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good" Ecclesiastes 11:6" - Veronica Kambule

  • Jul 02, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "no message" - Anonymous

  • Jul 01, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Our God is in control" - Tracey

  • Jun 27, 2019 - R 260.00
  • "God bless and protect our homeless citizens " - Ronda

  • Jun 25, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Virgil Niekerk " - Virgil Niekerk

  • Jun 24, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Let's stand together as a nation to help those in need. Every person counts, no matter their situation or social standing. Nice work guys." - Boza Mobile

  • Jun 24, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "May you reach many individuals and help them on a road to restoration. Keep up the good work!!" - Parnex Trading

  • Jun 24, 2019 - R 210.00
  • ""All who look to Him will be radiant. Their faces will never be covered with shame." -Psalm 34:5" - Rea

  • Jun 22, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "God is looking out for you" - Fadirans

  • Jun 21, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Gods gifts to serve one another" - Mahlohonolo Maja

  • Jun 21, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Let love lead - 1 Corinthians 13v13!" - Shingi Nyamukondiwa

  • Jun 21, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Together we can achieve anything we set our mind to." - Ndaba Msalili

  • Jun 19, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "It always seems impossible, until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela." - Alois Kamungozi

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Proverbs 11:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself." - Jeffrey Naidoo

  • Jun 18, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Paying it forward" - Joana Malotana

  • Jun 17, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Lord, supernaturally multiply." - Marisia Kreder

  • Jun 15, 2019 - R 50.00
  • "A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal" - Jennet

  • Jun 15, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "To God be the glory Rise and Shine with Fearless Love " - Zintle

  • Jun 15, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "??" - ??

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "we give because He first gave" - AKS

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 34 433.36

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 20 000.00
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We are an organisation that has been working with the homless in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa since 2016.  Exclusion is one of the biggest hurdles they have to overcome. We closely work with the different organisations and homeless communities and use various interventions to reintegrate them back into society.  We offer counceling, and spiritual care, connecting them to organisations that can help with skills development, drug rehabilitation, medical and basic human needs.  We are an organisation that does not discriminate between race, gender, ethnicity, background or beliefs.  We help everyone.  Love is the key to restore their dignity and identity and we have so much to share.  Our passion is to see different organisations working as a collective unit as poverty can be overcome, when we combine our strength.  

We cannot do it without your support.