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.

Habitat For Humanity SA

Mapuru Community Development Project – Arnhem Land
Habitat for Humanity SA helps people on low incomes into home ownership by bringing together volunteers, donors and suppliers to provide housing at a very low cost. In addition Habitat undertakes community development projects.

Phoenix Society

Socialisation Project
The Phoenix Society is a major South Australian provider of employment and training services for people with disabilities with the aim of expanding the range of options and opportunities available to them.

Universal Charitable Fund has provided a grant to assist in the purchase of a barbecue and associated equipment.

This will provide opportunities for people with disabilities to socialise and, for some, also learn skills of cooking, cleaning and serving food.