Happiness Haven Center: Scout Fundraiser
- By: Rebecca Sparg
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/happiness-haven
My name is Rebecca Sparg and I am 16 years old. I live in Cape Town.
I am not the beneficiary of this fundraiser. In fact, I am doing it on behalf of an unregistered drop-in center called Happiness Haven in Westbank.
Happiness Haven is a drop-in center in Westbank that provides food, care and support for children, aftercare facilities, homework help, elderly support groups, vegetable gardens and community recycling programs.
They do not have formal funding because they are unregistered with the government, and they are unregistered because they do not have the money to upgrade their facilities to the point where their registration will be approved.
I know Happiness Haven first and foremost through my mom who is the Coordinator of the Western Cape Street Children's Forum. She told me about their problems with money last year. I am currently working on my Springbok Award in Scouting, and I am working with Happiness Haven to fund-raise and upgrade their facilities as a part of this award.
As said, I got inspiration for this project through my mom (and through meeting the founder of the organisation). My mom told me of Happiness Haven Center's building – a half-finished church whose construction had ground to a halt when the priest of the upcoming church passed away. Its construction ended once the walls had been built, leading it with no roof at all. When it was no longer being worked on, it became occupied by gangs in the area.
She told me of the man who founded the Haven: Hilton Davids had negotiated with the gangs for use of the building, and proceeded to transform it with what means he had. Other than the roofless building, the property is now supplemented with three shipping containers, a Wendy-house and an overhead tarpaulin.
He now has countless projects running from this building: every afternoon he hosts an aftercare and homework-help center for the children in the area. Once a week there is an elderly persons’ support group that meets there. Every evening hundreds line up behind one folding table and are fed from a makeshift soup kitchen.
It is clear to anyone seeing this that Happiness Haven qualifies as a drop-in center a thousand times over. This qualification has lots of benefits: the greatest being funding from the government.
However, to get drop-in center status an organisation needs to fulfill certain criteria: waterproofing, bathrooms, sanitation etc. Because Happiness Haven doesn't have the money to do this, they are being held back from getting the funding that will help them in the first place.
I am fundraising for them in order to help them reach these targets, and get permanent funding.
I am using the money to improve the infrastructure in August and September 2019. I need it by then, but will continue to fund-raise past this time if there is more to be done.
Funds raised will cover:
- Building a portion of the roof onto the main building
- Installing drainpipes onto the shipping containers to prevent flooding.
- Painting a jungle gym and installing it on the grounds.
- Possibly painting a mural on their wall.
The donations will
- Open the door to permanent fundraising from the government
- Give the organisation better ways of collecting water and waterproofing their area.
- Provide more playing areas for the kids.
A separate bank account has been opened for the campaign from where all funds will be managed.
- Jun 19, 2019 - R 100.00
- "So proud, Becca! x " - Michaela Todd
- Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 67.47
- "Well done Rebecca for raising funds for this really worthwhile cause" - Tracey
- Jun 04, 2019 - R 510.00
- "Great cause! " - G
- Jun 01, 2019 - R 514.10
- "#RaiseTheRoof " - #RaiseTheRoof
Happiness Haven Center Cause
I am fundraising on behalf of an unregistered drop-in center called Happiness Haven in Westbank. Happiness Haven is a drop-in center in Westbank that provides food, care and support for children, aftercare facilities, homework help, elderly support groups, vegetable gardens and community recycling programs.