THE GIVING TUESDAY MOVEMENT IS STRIVING TO BECOME AS POPULAR AS BLACK FRIDAY. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN PAY IT FORWARD.

If you’re suffering from a Black Friday retail hangover or are simply looking for a way to disinvest from the consumerist frenzy, never fear: Giving Tuesday is your chance to detox and give back

The Giving Tuesday movement has been rapidly growing in scope and impact over the past seven years as a means of celebrating and promoting philanthropy around the world. It originates from 92nd Street and Y ‒ a cultural community centre in New York and serves as a response to commercialism and a chance to support non-profit causes.

There are many worthy causes in need of support in South Africa and 100% not-for-profit social enterprise Relate Trust is partnered with some of the most vital causes.

Here are 5 causes that you can give back and make a difference to this Giving Tuesday:

The Nelson Mandela School Library Project

A staggering 90% of schools in South Africa have no libraries, meaning that millions of young South Africans have limited access to reading and literacy support ‒ the keys to education and comprehension.

Thankfully, the Library Project initiative is working hard to remedy this but it needs your help! The project aims to construct at least 100 library units across the country over the next four years, by converting shipping containers into sanctuaries of literacy and learning.

Each container costs around R235 000 to convert, fit and deliver, so every cent counts. Donations are aggregated, meaning that your contribution forms part of a legacy that will go a long way in helping to establish library units for tens of thousands of children.

http://www.participateforgood.com/library-project or buy a Relate bracelet to donate funds to this project.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) Guard dogs for Conservation Project

The battle to safeguard and conserve wildlife and the environment rages daily, with natural habitats continually under threat.

EWT’s aim is also to safeguard livelihoods and community conservation by addressing human/wildlife conflict and assisting with wildlife range expansion. The project is helping to ensure the provision of scent detection dogs in key locations to prevent illicit trafficking, as well as anti-poaching dogs trained to track people, detect spent firearms cartridges and find guns and ammunition.

In addition, EWT has placed over 120 livestock guard dogs in important farming areas, helping to curb livestock losses by as much as 95%. Visit https://www.ewt.org.za/ to find out how you can lend a hand or buy a Relate bracelet to donate money to this cause.

mothers2mothers

With World AIDS Day due to be marked globally on Saturday, now is a perfect time to get clued up on the invaluable work of mothers2mothers (m2m) in South Africa and beyond.

The organisation has played a significant role in reducing mother-child transmission of HIV, having aided over 50 000 HIV positive women and nearly 28 000 infants with direct service delivery and technical assistance.

Since 2017 alone, m2m and its partners served 1 in 6 of the world’s HIV-positive pregnant women and contributed to the virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission among its clients for four years in a row. In addition, m2m employs almost 3 000 HIV-positive women while providing career opportunities for such women who are often marginalised in term of employment. Visit https://www.m2m.org/where-we-work/south-africa/ to donate and get involved, or visit https://www.relate.org.za/causes/mothers2mothers

Smile Foundation

Formed 18 years ago at the personal request of Nelson Mandela, the Smile Foundation is a non-profit organisation that has helped over 2 000 children with facial medical conditions. The foundation works with academic hospitals across South Africa to provide access to a variety of facial reconstructive surgery and related treatments for children from underprivileged backgrounds.

You can help put a smile back on the faces of countless young sufferers and contribute to the skills development of medical staff dedicated to this cause by visiting https://www.smilefoundationsa.org/to make a donation and find out more, or visit https://www.relate.org.za/shop/the-smile-foundation-stack

Ikamva Labantu

For more than 50 years, Ikamva Labantu has been care and support through numerous social upliftment objectives. The non-profit organisation assists with early childhood development and youth enrichment, family services programmes encompassing psycho-social support, health and community relations, and seniors’ clubs in impoverished parts of South Africa.

This Giving Tuesday, Ikamva Labantu is inviting you to spare a thought for the more than 1,000 senior citizens it supports and donate towards food hampers ahead of the holiday period.

Discover more exciting ways to help this crucial upliftment cause by checking out https://ikamva.org.za/, or visit https://www.relate.org.za/shop/leave-a-legacy-in-africa-stack

All of these valued causes can also be supported through Relate bracelets

For further information on these and many more, visit Relate.org.za. Buying a bracelet through Relate sees your donation extend even further, as proceeds also go towards local bracelet makers, enterprise development and job creation.

This article was first published by all4women on the 26 November 2018.