South Africa

Inner City Mission SA

Project goal
To assist in building the socio-economic functioning of families in the Diepsloot community.
Objectives
• To provide one nutritious meal to children everyday
• To assist children with homework
• To educate children with different life skills and digital literacy
• To provide food parcels and toiletries to the families of the children
Clientele
The clientele of the centre is mainly children and their families from the Diepsloot community.

There is a demand from the Diepsloot community on the services that are rendered by the after-care centre and this demand continues to increase daily as the problems facing the area persist. Most of the families in the area are not able to feed their children which means that the meal that the children receive in the centre is the only nutritious meal that they are having for the day. Again due to the fact that the parents of the children in the area are working or pre-occupied with finding means of provision for their families during the day, they sometime do not have sufficient time to help their children with homework and attend to their emotional and social needs. This makes the services rendered by the after-care centre imperative in the community.
The number of children and families benefiting from the after-care centre is on the increase and it could double within the next one year as more families come to know about the centre and bring their children for services. The centre would then need to increase its capacity in order to be able to respond to the demand and the increasing scope of its reach. The centre would have to increase the assets that it has to prepare meals for the increasing number of children. The other equipment such as the cutlery, crockery and the groceries and food would also need to be replenished for the same purpose. The Centre also plans to introduce sport and recreational activities to the children in the Centre which would be a new initiative that was not there before.

Please list links to your Website and Social Media Platforms here: 

https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn

Describe in detail what your Organisation does: 

Inner City Mission is a registered Non-Profit Organisation which aims to improve the health, welfare, literacy levels, safety and protection of the less privileged children in the inner cities.. Our purpose is to provide adult care and supervision, ensure access to social services and psychosocial support. Through our programs we build into our kids a strong feeling of self-importance, restoring their sense of dignity and pride in themselves. We want them to forget that they were ever poor.

How long has your Organisation been operational? 

7 years

In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation? 

Lack of enough resources to run our daily activities.
Not enough exposure to market the work we do.
To own the land for where we can operate our projects

Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words: 

An eye opener.

Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them? 

Yes,
University of Johannesburg Community Engagement
Boitukanelo Orphanage

If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be? 

To own land in Diepsloot where we can build our centre to run all the project efficiently and efficiently.

In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack? 

Accounting
Lack of knowledge about marketing through social media.

Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation? 

I would encourage collaboration with other causes.

If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be? 

Getting enough support from corporate organisations and the government.

Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links: 

For the past 5 years we have served the children in Diepsloot, there is no record of teenage pregnancy from our children.
Our children’s academic performance has been improving since then.

Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use? 

Inspiring & Mentality Changer.

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