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Photo updates from Cape Town


Greetings from everyone at CHOSA! It has been a busy few months for our partner projects, and we wanted to share a few highlights through photos.

img_0832The teachers at QQ community crèche have been working tirelessly to make improvements to the preschool building. They recently held a community fundraiser which raised R1,600 ($160) and CHOSA matched that amount, in addition to the monthly grant we provide. This recent fundraiser is evidence of how deeply invested the QQ Section community is in their children’s welfare. With the help of these funds, the preschool has installed new wood laminate flooring, colorful new curtains, and a full sink with running water (a first for the preschool). They have also invested in Early Childhood Development training and manuals for the teachers. As a result, the children are thriving, bringing joy and hope to their families.

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networkingaug2Last month, CHOSA staff facilitated one of our quarterly networking events. The topic of the workshop, Leadership and Governance, was chosen by our partner projects. With the help of a guest speaker, the projects were able to share best practices with one another around effective leadership and relating to staff (teachers, caregivers, etc.) Participants came away with an important lesson: that any organization thrives on mutual respect and genuine two-way communication. A new community preschool joined us, and are so eager to learn more through CHOSA’s quarterly events that they offered to serve as host of the next one!networkingaug13

 


Welcome to our annual online fundraiser! The raffle and auction take place from Monday, July 18th to Friday, July 29th (at midnight PST). Every dollar we raise makes a difference in the lives of the orphaned and vulnerable children we serve through our community-driven educational programs and residential care. (New to CHOSA? Click here to learn more about our  vision and work.) There are two ways to participate in the raffle:

1) Buy a raffle ticket: Every $10 donation gives you a chance to win, and you can purchase as many as you’d like to increase your chances. A dozen winning tickets will be drawn throughout the raffle. Click here and use the donate button to purchase a ticket. Here’s a look at a few of the beautiful prizes you could win, hand-crafted in Cape Town:

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2) Bid on an item! Click here to visit our auction site.

At the site, you can place your bid on the gorgeous items you see below – and more! Each unique piece of art was made by mothers in Cape Town who participate in an income-generation program at Philani, one of CHOSA’s partners.

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Thank you for your support! Please share this page with your networks – together we can make a big difference for the Children of South Africa.

CHOSA Marks Youth Day


Every year on June 16th, South Africa marks Youth Day. This day is set apart to celebrate the legacy of youth activism in South Africa, and to recognize today’s youth who shape the future of the nation. The day is rooted in the events of June 16th, 1976, when thousands of students in Soweto, Johannesburg organized a march against oppressive language policies in their schools. Students were being forced to learn in Afrikaans rather than in their native languages, a policy which reinforced the government’s domination over the Black majority while hindering Black students’ ability to critically analyze what they were being taught.

The peaceful protest was met with violent suppression. Police opened fire on the marching schoolchildren; 176 were killed and over a thousand were wounded. The tragedy became known as “The Day Apartheid Died,” because it awakened much of the globe’s conscience to the gruesome truth of apartheid South Africa. A powerful radio documentary of the same name can be heard here.

Today, Youth Day is celebrated not only to keep the memory of those children alive, but to recognize the great power and potential of today’s South African youth. It is this potential that drives our work in Cape Town. CHOSA believes that every child is entitled to grow up in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment, and we work tirelessly with our community partners to provide the care these children need. To make a donation today in honor of the youth we serve, please visit www.chosa.org/donate. Also, be on the lookout for a post about our upcoming Online Art Raffle next month. We hope you’ll participate!

Thank you for your continued support.


Today, we feel it’s important to inform each of you about two losses impacting our CHOSA family in Cape Town.

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Mama Maposela, founder of Emasi, passed away last weekend.

We are devastated to share that over the weekend, Mama Zelphina Maposela, the founder and matriarch of Emasithandane Children’s Home, passed away. Mama Maposela began her work in the Nyanga community as a Community Health Worker. However, during the 90s, during the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Mama became involved in helping find alternative homes for the children who were being orphaned by the virus. Eventually, she started taking in many of these children, both from within her own family and from the local community. As she began fostering children, the project grew quickly and soon became the boisterous home – bursting at the seams – that it is today. Emasi is a completely grassroots-run initiative that has received support from CHOSA in various forms over the years.

Former CHOSA staff member Rob remembers Mama Maposela as “a quiet force at Emasi, seeming to effortlessly run the organization from her chair in the back room; the children will forever remember a woman who welcomed them into her home with open arms and provided a safe and loving place to grow up. While never seeking the limelight nor recognition she unquestionably deserved, Mama Maposela relentlessly put the needs of her children first.”

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Mama Sisana, as she is known, getting “on the level” of her preschoolers in QQ. Her son recently passed away.

Also, just a few days ago, the QQ Section community suffered a tragic loss. One of QQ Section Crèche (Preschool)’s most beloved teachers, committee members, and former principals, Ms Sisana Booi, lost her son, Thando, in a car crash on Monday. Thando was just embarking on young adulthood, and the family has played an important role in community life in QQ. Years ago, CHOSA co-founder Jared was invited to stay in the community for two weeks, and he was housed by the Booi family, so he got to know Thando well. Jared remembers him as “a friendly, good natured young man who often came by the crèche to help his mother out.”

To respond to these two significant losses, current and former staff and board members of CHOSA have decided to personally raise funds toward funeral expenses for both Mama Maposela and Thando Booi. Mama Maposela’s funeral will take place in Nyanga on May 18th, and in her hometown in Eastern Cape on the 21st. Half of any funds raised from this post will go towards funeral expenses, and transportation for the children in her care to attend both services. The other half will go toward laying Thando to rest in QQ Section.

Those wishing to make a contribution to these expenses can send any amount to Jared’s personal PayPal account at jaredsacks@gmail.com. Alternatively, you can email ellie@chosa.org to make other arrangements, or to receive bank details for those based in South Africa.

Thank you for joining with our Cape Town community in grieving these losses.


CHOSA (Children of South Africa) is calling for applications for the position of Community Coordinator. She/he will work in various townships in Cape Town to further CHOSA’s mission, which is to identify and support communities and community-based organisations (CBOs) that reach out and take care of orphans and other vulnerable children in South Africa.

  • Time commitment: 40 hours per week (and occasional work on weekends)
  • Start Date: April 1, 2016
  • Duration: One year contract with possibility of extension; preference for candidates who can commit to 18 months or longer.
  • Salary: R7 548/month plus compensation for CHOSA-related expenses (petrol, car maintenance, telephone, internet, printing, office supplies).

More about CHOSA: CHOSA, established in 2005, takes a holistic and non-directive approach to community development. CHOSA’s goal is to facilitate the empowerment of marginalised people as they seek to serve the orphaned and vulnerable children in their communities. Through community participation and ownership of the development process, CHOSA promotes local action, self-empowerment, and peer-to-peer networking as essential strategies for community-driven development.

Job requirements

  • Drivers license: To qualify for the position, you must have a valid drivers’ license. Please indicate in your motivational letter that you are in possession of a valid drivers’ license, and bring it to any subsequent interview.
  • Languages: Fluency in English. Fluency or willingness to learn isiXhosa;
  • Computer literacy: Fluency in use of internet, email, office programmes (in particular command of spreadsheets and word processors);
  • Experience: Volunteer/research/work experience with community organisations;
  • Writing skills: Strong writing skills and ability to write thoughtful letters, proposals, articles and other types of documents in English;
  • Communication skills: Ability to work well with and communicate with people in a non-domineering or authoritarian manner. Ability to navigate and stay out of personal disputes while still maintaining open lines of communication;
  • Respect for others: Able to respect and treat equally people of different cultures and ethnicities. Should not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, origin, etc. Should treat each individual as an equal;
  • Strong work ethic: Able to work independently and creatively without someone telling you what to do. Able to set own appointments, manage own schedule and report back on work;
  • Cooperation skills: willingness and ability to work in a cooperative environment with a flat structure and based on consensus decision-making.
  • Democratic process: Should have an understanding of and predisposition towards advocating for democratic forms of community governance.

To apply, submit your CV with three contactable references, a short motivational letter, and a writing sample (maximum 200 words) to job@chosa.org. The application deadline is the 18th of March 2016.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Candidates who have received no response within two weeks of the closing date should assume their application was unsuccessful. For more about Children of South Africa, refer to http://www.chosa.org.

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Full list of job responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Find partner communities and organisations for CHOSA
  • Look for and connect with active communities who have set up their own child-related CBOs or intend on setting up child-related CBOs
  • Establish a relationship with communities and/or CBOs
  • Encourage relationships with communities that have set up democratic governance structures in order to oversee the development of children’s projects in their communities
  • Encourage relationships with small grassroots CBOs that want to set up strong accountable structures
  1. Work with partner communities on their child-related CBOs
  • To listen to the communities and support the communities in carrying out their own decisions.
  • Attend community and committee meetings where asked, including meetings after hours and on weekends
  • Community facilitator → facilitate informal and sometimes formal discussions and workshops with community members. Where necessary, find individuals and/or NGOs to facilitate these discussions and workshops
  • Motivate community leaders and community members to take part
  • When asked, one can decide to play a supportive role within the projects / community as long as initiative is not taken away from the community.
  • Help the children’s projects and the community network between one another.
  • Report back to the communities where necessary and where requested. Report back to CHOSA on each communities’ finances and general progress.
  1. Work with partner CBOs that CHOSA supports in Cape Town.
  • Hold regular meetings with each relevant project. Frequency dependent on the needs but should not be less than once every two weeks at each organisation. The purposes of these meetings are:
    • To continue/build open and trusting relationships with the CBOs;
    • Receive updates on the progress of the CBO;
    • Receive accounting for funds if there is a CHOSA grant in place;
    • Work with the CBOs to develop their organisation in ways that fit with their goals for development and assist in this process of growth. This is also a time to discuss internal/external problems, and ways in which CHOSA can support the project either directly or through referrals;
  • Participate in annual meetings with each CBO’s Board of Directors;
  • Ensure that the CBO is able to prepare a financial report back to CHOSA. If the organisation lacks the ability to prepare such a statement, then the coordinator should request more frequent (preferably monthly) engagement with the organization’s bookkeeper to ensure the project’s finances are in order;
  • Report back to CHOSA on each organisation’s finances and general progress.
  1. Liaise amongst CHOSA staff and to CHOSA general membership (board)
  • Write up summary report every four months to CHOSA general membership about all on-ground work. (Responsibility rotates monthly amongst staff).
  • Attend weekly CHOSA staff meetings
  • Attend all CHOSA General Membership (Board) Meetings
  1. Organise networking events
  • Work with organisations and communities to determine needed workshop themes;
  • Work with other staff to organise four networking workshops per year that bring together the staff and management of many CHOSA-supported projects.
  1. Rotating roles
  • Staff Coordinator role
    • Duration – three months per year
    • Facilitator and trouble-shooter to ensure effective running of CHOSA
    • Act as caretaker of CHOSA’s operational and cultural goals
    • Promote collective accountability and cooperation amongst staff
    • Conduct performance reviews and evaluations
  • Act as minute taker at staff meetings and other meetings
  • Cleaning the office – 1 week per month
  • Organise monthly off-site staff team building meetings – once per quarter

Additional possible responsibilities

  1. May be asked to take responsibility for CHOSA finances
  2. May be ask to be responsible for ensuring that CHOSA follows all legal requirements
  3. Ensure CHOSA Board Meetings take place
  4. Promote and manage CHOSA social networks
  • Manage CHOSA website, twitter, facebook, etc. pages
  • Mange the CHOSA email account
  1. Fundraising
  • Work with CHOSA Fundraising Coordinators and Board Members on all aspects of fundraising
  • Help organise and attend various CHOSA fundraisers
  • Liaise with CHOSA major donors and Board Members with regards to fundraising
  • Organize and deliver in-kind donations
  • Connect local donors to projects they can support directly, when opportunities arise.
  1. Show current/potential donors around to visit the projects
  2. Represent CHOSA at certain events
  3. Support CHOSA volunteers
  • Liaise with and support volunteers
  • Coordinate after-school programs where necessary

 


Happy New Year from everyone at CHOSA! Things are busy as usual in Cape Town, as a new school year has just started up and our partners are doing all they can to make sure the children in their care experience success. You can read all about our partner projects and their hard work in 2015 in our recent newsletter here.

Here in the U.S., we were encouraged to recently hear from a ten-year-old named Sean, who lives in San Diego, CA, but whose father is South African. He decided to start a fundraiser for CHOSA as a school project, and is excited to be raising money so that the kids we serve can have the nutritious meals, educational enrichment, and safe homes they need to thrive. You can check out his GoFundMe page here. We are so grateful for his enthusiasm, and inspired by his desire to help kids his age on the other side of the world.

Continue to check our blog for more updates soon.

All the best,

Ellie (Fundraising Coordinator)


CHOSA is calling for applications for the position of Community Coordinator. She/he will work in various townships in Cape Town.

  • Time commitment: 40 hours per week (and occasional work on weekends)
  • Start Date: August 2015
  • Duration: One year contract with possibility of extension
  • Salary: R7 500/month plus compensation for CHOSA-related expenses (petrol, car maintenance, telephone, internet, printing, office supplies).

Children of South Africa’s (CHOSA) mission is to identify and support communities and community-based organisations (CBOs) that reach out and take care of orphans and other vulnerable children in South Africa.

CHOSA takes a holistic and non-directive approach to community development which helps empower other marginalised people in these communities. Moreover, through community participation and ownership of the development process, CHOSA promotes local action, self-empowerment, and peer-to-peer networking as essential strategies for community-driven development.

Job requirements

  • Drivers license: to qualify for the position, you must have a valid drivers’ license.
  • Languages: Fluency in English. Fluency or willingness to learn isiXhosa;
  • Computer literacy: Fluency in use of internet, email, office programmes (in particular command of spreadsheets and word processors);
  • Experience: Volunteer/research/work experience with community organisations;
  • Writing skills: Strong writing skills and ability to write thoughtful letters, proposals, articles and other types of documents in English;
  • Communication skills: Ability to work well with and communicate with people in a non-domineering or authoritarian manner. Ability to navigate and stay out of personal disputes while still maintaining open lines of communication;
  • Respect for others: Able to respect and treat equally people of different cultures and ethnicities. Should not discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, origin, etc. Should treat each individual as an equal;
  • Problem solving skills: Able to work independently and creatively without someone telling you what to do. Able to set own appointments, manage own schedule and report back on work;
  • Cooperation skills: willingness and ability to work in a cooperative environment with a flat structure and based on consensus decision-making.
  • Democratic process: Should have an understanding of and predisposition towards advocating for democratic forms of community governance.

To apply, submit your CV with three contactable references, a short motivational letter, and a writing sample (maximum 200 words) to job@chosa.org. The application deadline is the 15th of July 2015.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Candidates who have received no response within three weeks of the closing date should assume their application was unsuccessful. For more about Children of South Africa, refer to http://www.chosa.org.

– – –

Full list of job responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Find partner communities and organisations for CHOSA
  • Look for and connect with active communities who have set up their own child-related CBOs or intend on setting up child-related CBOs
  • Establish a relationship with communities and/or CBOs
  • Encourage relationships with communities that have set up democratic governance structures in order to oversee the development of children’s projects in their communities
  • Encourage relationships with small grassroots CBOs that want to set up strong accountable structures

Community orientation:

  1. Work with partner communities on their child-related CBOs
  • To listen to the communities and support the communities in carrying out their own decisions.
  • Attend community and committee meetings where asked, including meetings after hours and on weekends
  • Community facilitator → facilitate informal and sometimes formal discussions and workshops with community members. Where necessary, find individuals and/or NGOs to facilitate these discussions and workshops
  • Motivate community leaders and community members to take part
  • When asked, one can decide to play a supportive role within the projects / community as long as initiative is not taken away from the community.
  • Help the children’s projects and the community network between one another.
  • Report back to the communities where necessary and where requested. Report back to CHOSA on each communities’ finances and general progress.

CBO orientation:

  1. Work with partner CBOs that CHOSA supports in Cape Town.
  • Hold regular meetings with each relevant project. Frequency dependant on the needs but should not be less than once every two weeks at each organisation. The purposes of these meetings are:
    • To continue/build open and trusting relationships with the CBOs;
    • Receive updates on the progress of the CBO;
    • Receive accounting for funds if there is a CHOSA grant in place;
    • Work with the CBOs to develop their organisation in ways that fit with their goals for development and assist in this process of growth. This is also a time to discuss internal/external problems, and ways in which CHOSA can support the project either directly or through referrals;
  • Participate in annual meetings with each CBO’s Board of Directors;
  • Ensure that the CBO is able to prepare a financial report back to CHOSA. If the organisation lacks the ability to prepare such a statement, then the coordinator should request more frequent (preferably monthly) engagement with the organization’s bookkeeper to ensure the project’s finances are in order;
  • Report back to CHOSA on each organisation’s finances and general progress.
  1. Liaise amongst CHOSA staff and to CHOSA general membership (board)

  • Write up summary report every four months to CHOSA general membership about all on-ground work. (Responsibility rotates monthly amongst staff).
  • Attend weekly CHOSA staff meetings
  • Attend all CHOSA General Membership (Board) Meetings
  1. Organise networking events

  • Work with organisations and communities to determine needed workshop themes;
  • Work with other staff to organise four networking workshops per year that bring together the staff and management of many CHOSA-supported projects.
  1. Rotating roles

  • Staff Coordinator role
    • Duration – three months per year
    • Facilitator and trouble-shooter to ensure effective running or organisations
    • Act as caretaker of organisation’s operational and cultural goals
    • Promote collective accountability and cooperation amongst staff
    • Conduct performance reviews and evaluations
  • Act as minute taker at staff meetings and other meetings
  • Cleaning the office – 1 week per month
  • Organise monthly off-site staff team building meetings – once per quarter

Additional possible responsibilities depending job-share

  1. May be asked to take responsiblity for CHOSA finances

  2. May be ask to be responsible for ensuring that CHOSA follows all legal requirements

  3. Ensure CHOSA Board Meetings take place

  4. Promote and manage CHOSA social networks

  • Manage CHOSA website, twitter, facebook, Razoo, etc. pages
  • Mange the CHOSA email account
  1. Fundraising

  • Work with CHOSA Fundraising Coordinators and Board Members on all aspects of fundraising
  • Help organise and attend various CHOSA fundraisers
  • Liaise with CHOSA major donors and Board Members with regards to fundraising
  • Organize and deliver in-kind donations
  • Connect local donors to projects they can support directly, when opportunities arise.
  1. Show current/potential donors around to visit the projects

  2. Represent CHOSA at certain events

  3. Support CHOSA volunteers

  • Liaise with and support volunteers
  • Coordinate after-school programs where necessary

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