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Nelson Mandela Day Programme

pr1This programme takes place once a year on the 18 July to commemorate President Nelson Mandela's birthday, in keeping with the 67 min of activism/volunteerism. Families are identified through indigent learners in school and each family is provided with a grocery hamper. We cater for approximately 1000 families and the cost of the programme is in excess of R100 000.


Operation Winter Warmth

pr2This programme takes place once a year at the beginning of the Winter months, May/June. Learners, on behalf of their families, receive some kind of relief to deal with the adversity of winter. This programme is supported by the Gift of the Givers and the Al Imdaad foundation. The learners are provided with blankets, soup packs, woollen hats and vanity packs. Currently the programme caters for 1200 learners each year.

Poverty Awareness Day

pr3Children in schools are encouraged to participate in a Poverty Awareness Day programme. The week long programme includes assembly talks, debates, speech contests and other activities around the issue of poverty. Each child receives a sticker and makes a contribution of R2. The awareness is far more significant than the raising of funds.


Annual Christmas Treat

pr4The challenges children face with regards to poverty sometimes makes it impossible for them to celebrate during the festive period. It is with this in mind that the Phoenix Poverty Reduction Association organizes an Annual Christmas Party for 500 of the most indigent children from 120 schools. This programme entails receiving a personalised gift from Santa, a sumptuous meal, games, party packs, clowns, face painting and live music.

Breakfast Club

pr5It has come to our attention that many of our learners in schools go to bed at night without having supper. Learners are both hungry and exhausted in the morning before their lessons. This makes concentration in class extremely difficult.

It is with this understanding that the Breakfast Club was introduced. We have currently 2000 children from 80 schools as members of the Breakfast Club. Each child receives a mug of Future Life every morning before going to class. The organization would like to increase the number of learners depending on the response of donors. Our aim is to feed 6700 learners daily in keeping with Mandela's legacy.

Tunnel Farming

pr6The Phoenix Poverty Reduction Association started hydroponic farming with one tunnel housed at the Department of Social Welfare in Phoenix. This expanded to two tunnels in 2006, when the tunnels were moved to Brookdale Secondary.

Networking with the Department of Agriculture a three day workshop was held for unemployed community members who were trained in hydroponic tunnel farming. Over the past five years members of the community have sold the tomatoes that were harvested to defray costs. Both tunnels were sponsored.

Recycling / Environmental Awareness

pr7The Phoenix Poverty Reduction Association creates awareness on environmental issues via print media to schools. Schools have been conscientized on the benefits of recycling and have been given contact details in order to get involved in the recycling of paper, plastic and glass, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.

In partnership with the Department of Agriculture the PPRA has held workshops with all primary schools in the area. Educators were also workshopped on sustainable living and how to start food gardens. Schools were given gardening tools, fertilizer and seeds to give to indigent learners who good start food gardens in their back yards.

Skills Development

pr8In the alleviation of poverty it has become necessary to equip community members with the necessary skills so that they become self -sufficient. An estimated R100 000 was used over the past ten years, training unemployed members of the community in block making, tiling, hairdressing and culinary skills.

Individuals were also trained in setting up small business enterprises. The Phoenix Poverty Reduction Association has facilitated the recent opening of a skills development centre in Foresthaven.

Distribution of School Shoes

pr9The year 2015 was the first time that the Phoenix Poverty Reduction Association distributed 1000 pairs of school shoes to needy learners. These were distributed to learners from 171 schools . These shoes were sponsored by Palm Stationery. 



Let us Keep Mandela's Legacy Alive

IMG 20171030 WA0020On the 1st of September 2017 the board members converged at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick to launch the "Let us Keep Mandela's Legacy Alive" programme. The programme entails making a lifelong monthly contribution of R67. The board members were the first to sign up and will attempt to sign on 1000 members. (A copy of this signing on form can be found on this website.)


Taking a Loaf of Bread Home

Bread 2017 1Whilst learners are given a mug of Future Life cereal to sustain them at school, their families go hungry on a daily basis. Giving a child a loaf of bread will provide for his entire family. Currently the PPRA is distributing 2000 loaves of bread a month.

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