The flooding in KwaZulu-Natal has devastated hundreds of people and has impacted the country so much that it has been used as the point of devastation placing South Africa back into a state of disaster.
When considering that nearly 4000 homes have been destroyed, hundreds of lives have been lost, and numerous people have been displaced, the situation seems dire, and without an obvious avenue leading to relief.
As it is with most distressing times in our country, it’s the community heroes and leaders that are putting on their capes to save the day (as much as they can) even if they’re a little far from home, and Charlize Theron’s Outreach Project is coming to the party of relief management.
The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) is set on rallying up assistance for KZN – something that could only be expected from a South African-grown UN Messenger of Peace such as Theron, with such a powerful platform to raise awareness and help.
Taking on lightening the burden for its partners, the CTAOP expresses that “right now organisations in KZN are reeling, trying to support their communities however they can, as affected families desperately need food, water, and shelter.”
This followed the organisation receiving requests on how to help those in the KZN.
The CTAOP has created a fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds go to assisting its partners in the province.
Every $8k (R119 626,32) raised helps the Non Profit Organisations’ Partners with one week’s worth of support that includes food, water, basic needs, for displaced families staying in community halls, as the CTAOP elaborates.
The organisation added that they are ‘blown away’ by the response to the call for help and action, and have already raised R153 431 in assistance efforts.
Donations can be made here.
The NPO notes that Entertainment Industry Foundation is its fiscal sponsor, which means that “all money raised through this fundraiser will be sent to CTAOP’s Partners in the KZN region in support of flood relief efforts. Facebook charges no fees, and EIF has waived their fee – so ‘every dollar’ raised will go straight to those impacted.”
Theron’s fundraiser invests predominantly in sub-Saharan African youth, premised around HIV/AIDS support programmes through grass root support structures.
Its theory of change is premised by pillars including education and combatting issues including self-efficacy, gender inequity and stigma. One of its most unique programmes and partners was Whizz Kids United, using football as a the bridge between health care and education, and the youth.