South African Dolls made by underprivileged women
- By: Michelle de Jager
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/south-african-dolls-made-by-underprivilege
Sebenza is a registered Non-Profit Company (NPC), a social enterprise born out of a desire to address one of the core problems in South African society, namely unemployment.
Approximately 30 women in rural areas in the Eastern Cape (Fort Beaufort and Alice) and in the Western Cape (Eden District) meet weekly and are granted the opportunity to apply their creative skills in all kinds of needle work and the production of beautifully crafted objects. These include exquisite girls’ and women’s dresses, scarves, socks, gloves, jerseys, handbags, shoes, dolls and dolls’ clothes, quilts, the stringing of beads, and beautifying existing objects through embroidery/painting.
The women of the farms designs these lovely South African ethnic dolls and donate it to children in need. Each doll has her own name and to see the little ones faces light up when they receive their personalised doll is priceless. Please consider giving a donation so that we can produce more of these dolls and reach more underprivileged children.
The Educational Support Services Trust
The Educational Support Services Trust (ESST) is a registered, non-profit educational trust that specializes in the conceptualisation and implementation of large-scale community interventions. It follows a multi-pronged approach to community development, with the focus on employment creation through entrepreneurship development (self-economic empowerment), health and healthy living (a whole range of services from HIV and Aids to home-based care, to nutrition) and the reparation and restoration of family and community life (early childhood development, the bringing up of children, domestic violence towards women/ children, restorative justice).