The MAID Foundation feels privileged to have worked with a host of incredible organisations across South Africa.
It's difficult to quantify the exact number of individuals the foundation supports but the impact it has is immense, as evidenced in the featured success stories below.
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Waves for Change
Waves for Change (W4C) was founded by Tim Conibear. After teaming up with Apish Tshetsha and Bongani Ndlovu they recognised that surfing was a great way to engage young people, who soon started sharing their stories and challenges.
Teaming up with mental health professionals and development experts, they created an award winning Surf Therapy programme which aims to improve the mental health of young adults whose emotional wellbeing has been adversely affected by violence and poverty.
Operating in some of the most at-risk communities in South Africa and Africa, W4C interrupts high-risk behaviour patterns, improves retention in education and training and reduces chance of drop-out and high-risk behaviour.
The MAID Foundation supported the training of 4 Trauma Counsellors and purchased 20 new surfboards for use in their programs.
For more information on Waves for Change, check out their website here.
“You come to heal the children, and end up healing yourself.”
— Waves for Change Mentor
Brass Band Pops
Brass Band Pops, managed by former minstrel Kader Miller, aims to "promote and advocate youth participation in learning to read classical music and play musical instruments."
After recognising a need to assist youth bands performing in the street or at the local community halls, Miller began to approach the various bands about the possibility of performing at major venues such as the Cape Town City Hall on the condition they had to learn how to read and play classical music.
There was immediate interest and, with the help of the individual band leaders, Brass Band Pops has had great success in training the various bands to read and play classical music and instruments.
Musicians in the bands range from 10 to 24 years old, from areas including Delft, Mitchell's Plain, Hanover Park,
Manenberg, Bonteheuwel and Bo-Kaap.
The MAID Foundation has assisted with the purchase of musical instruments and various travel related expenses.
For more information on Brass Band Pops, check out their website here.
Founded in 2003, Mamelani has grown into an established, high performing organisation providing critical services to improve the lives of young adults, women and children in the Western Cape.
Mamelani is focused on uplifting and enriching the long-term outcomes of young people who leave state care, enabling them to thrive as young adults.
The MAID Foundation has supported these transitions by funding educational workshops, covering transport costs and offering internship stipends.
For more information on Mamelani, check out their website here.