Who we are
SUPPORTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN RURAL SOUTH AFRICA
Topsy Foundation UK´s primary aim since registering as a charity in 2006 is to support the work of Topsy South Africa.
The Topsy Foundation SA has a 20-year history of providing first class services in partnership with rural communities, working with people affected by HIV and AIDS, through medical care, social support and skills development.
The organisation´s finances in South Africa are audited by PWC.
What´s the history?
Since 2000, Topsy SA has helped thousands of men, women and children in and around an area covering 70 miles in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, South of Johannesburg. This area has the second highest HIV and AIDS prevalence rates in the country.
Activities take place from a central project site at Grootvlei, a 2 hour drive South of Johannesburg.The communities surrounding the Topsy Sanctuary struggle with poverty and high rates of unemployment - 37% - in this rural, under-developed, transport-poor part of the country.
What´s the aim?
CHILDREN, COOPERATION AND CHANGE
Working with communities to create positive change in the lives of orphan and vulnerable children is the primary aim.
From April 2014, work has focused on Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs), their carers, families and the wider community. A comprehensive range of projects is designed so that each complements the other, offerings a broad base of services:
1. Early Childhood Development. A programme reaching some 2,000 young children, as well as their parents, carers and teachers.It includes:
*training for their teachers in 29 pre-schools
*health checks every month for 450 children. One of the tests that Topsy has pioneered, for hearing, applies an amazing technique using an app developed in South Africa and now used by the WHO in other countries
2. Home-based care. Some 500 people every month are visited by trained staff
3. Food security. Topsy SA provides seeds and expert advice. People in the community then grow their own fresh vegetables.
Covid-19: Topsy SA´s response
Getting food and hygiene products to the most vulnerable households - none with an income more than £45 p.m.- is the primary focus. Expanding this to elderly residents in other homes depends on finance. Food for more than 23,000 meals have been distributed to date.
Here there is no question of waiting for a supermarket delivery slot as no such service exists!
Supporting the dozens of school-based, community and individual gardens is another part of the response - so that more than 6,000 people every month have access to fresh vegetables.
One of the hundreds of vegetable gardens