Hopes and Dreams Inc

Economic Empowerment – women’s self-help groups (South Africa)
Hopes and Dreams (registered in Australia in 2008) is dedicated to delivering self-sustaining, poverty breaking solutions in Africa and India where they focus on two areas:

• bringing clean and safe water to communities, and

Enterprise Development & Governance Facility (EDGF Cameroon)

Rural Women Micro Enterprise Cooperative Development
When EDGF went to construct a safe drinking water project in Ntungfe, they met with the village desperate and marginalised poor, who do not have access to financial services, and so depend on men in the community for supplies. Women are typically viewed in the community as farm hands. The women had created a potato cooperative as a link to their farming activities. This project aims at empowering the women to achieved their long desired goal of improved livelihoods.

Second Chances SA

Teen Girls PK Mentoring Camps
Children of prisoners are almost seven times more likely to go to prison than their peers. With an absent father these young women need positive mentors in their lives to help steer their behaviour away from criminal tendencies.

Second Chances SA (SCSA) commenced 1 February 2015 after having 20 years experience with a national organisation. They exist solely to give ‘Second Chances’ to prisoners upon release and to their families, especially the children who are the most vulnerable and innocent victims of crime.

Dress for Success Adelaide

Professional Retail and Customer Service Training Programme
The mission of Dress for Success Adelaide is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and life.

Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. From its inception in 1997 there are now 140 Dress for Success affiliates in 19 countries which have served over 850,000 disadvantaged women with professional attire and career support.

Hopes and Dreams

Economic Empowerment – women’s self-help groups (South Africa)
Hopes and Dreams Inc. is dedicated to delivering self-sustaining, poverty breaking solutions through micro enterprise and water development projects in remote and rural parts of Africa and India.

Hopes and Dreams focus on two key areas:

  • bringing clean and safe water to communities, and
  • assisting the poor by providing Economic Empowerment opportunities via micro-economic loans.

Suneden Special School

Junior School playground equipment
Suneden Special School was founded in 1943 and is the only independent, not-for-profit, non- denominational special school in South Australia. The school provides a caring and educationally stimulating environment for approximately 65 students aged 5 to 21 years with intellectual and multiple physical disabilities.

Young Pioneer Disaster Response (YPDR)

UCF grant enables hire of local carpenters
Young Pioneer Disaster Response (YPDR) is a start-up NGO registered in both the Philippines and the USA which was formed by four friends in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan). Yolanda made landfall in the Philippines on 8 November 2013 and left massive devastation in its wake. Since then, together with their partners, YPDR have built 917 houses and retrofitted 128 more, rehabilitated 17 classrooms and built a new 3-classroom building, treated more than 3,500 medical patients, and much more.

Read the rest of this post to find out how UCF’s small grant will help build more houses and check out the video 🙂

Prison Fellowship Australia (SA)

Teen Girls Mentoring Camp
This camp is run for 12-16 year old teens who are children of prisoners. Research shows the children of prisoners are up to seven times more likely to go to prison than their peers.

Because of the complex impacts of crime on the family, children often struggle to connect with community and school. They may struggle to learn or aren’t encouraged to finish school; they are often isolated and bullied, or may not receive the support they need because they aren’t ‘on the radar’.

Peachey Place Living Skills Centre

First Aid training & chicken coop materials
Peachey Place Living Skills Centre is a partnership of five agencies, Playford Primary Health, Housing SA, City of Playford, Association of the Burundian Community of SA and Lutheran Community Care. Lutheran Community Care is the lead organisation for this partnership.

Peachey Place Living Skills Centre is a collaborative, innovative project that has created a community hub for the Davoren Park Community. The motto for Peachey Place is Connect, Learn and Live Well.

In 2 Life

Training Online Support for Youth Suicide Intervention – Adelaide
In 2 Life have been established since 2001 and have over twelve years experience in the youth sector. They have a strong track record in the creation and delivery of programs that support marginalised youth in Australia. Their staff and volunteers are very experienced in youth issues and the needs of youth today.

Tragically, youth suicide in Australia is alarmingly high. The Facebook group Coming Together to Prevent Youth Suicide was established in June 2012 by two young people in Melbourne after a series of 10 suicides across 3 schools in one region.