Siphila Sonke is a Section 21 Non-Profit Organisation (NPO No. 074536) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO No. 930043672). We are based in the informal settlement near the village of Grabouw and the farming community of the Elgin Valley, in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Siphila Sonke strives to support and improve the quality of life of the desperately poor and chronically ill families who live in this informal settlement. The informal settlement in which we are based is an impoverished community that is hugely reliant on the local fruit industry.
The seasonal nature of this industry means that unemployment is prevalent for a number of months during the year. As this unemployment coincides with the winter months of the Western Cape, which can be particularly harsh, inhabitants of this informal settlement are vulnerable to the elements and malnutrition, exacerbated by the devastating effects of HIV AIDS and TB.
Siphila Sonke provides individuals, both adults and children, who are vulnerable, needy and/or too ill to earn a living, and not yet receiving appropriate government grants, with a monthly food parcel. Siphila Sonke then regularly visits these Beneficiaries in their homes to assist them physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Siphila Sonke also offers the adult Beneficiaries, as soon as they are well enough, the opportunity to join our Support Groups, where further emotional and spiritual support is offered. Through our Support Groups, Beneficiaries are afforded the opportunity to learn and put into practice new skills to help them supplement their income.
Additionally, Siphila Sonke also provides children in the informal settlement, between the ages of 6 and 13, the opportunity to participate in a Kids Club. This club provides the children with creative and academic stimulation as well as entertainment, daily after school and during the school holidays.
Siphila Sonke currently employs a 7 members of staff, some full-time and some on a part-time basis. We also have the assistance of up to 40 Volunteers from the community of the village of Grabouw and the farming community of the Elgin Valley.