Early Christmas present for 1000 Women Trust

CAPE TOWN. – An early Christmas present for 1000 Women Trust in the form of four containers donated by Wartsila in Cape Town will significantly improve the service delivery by several of 1000 Women Trust’s 45 soup kitchens, while also assisting The Grant.Net to sort, unpack and recycle computers to service several NGO’s in the Western Cape.

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1000 Women Trust mobilizes resources and gives grants to organizations that support, raise awareness, and provide opportunities for women and children who have been affected by violence. The organization provides solidarity to women, amplify the voices of activists, and advocate for change that can end gender-based violence and femicide.

The Grant.Net is a network of Western Cape that has recycled computers the past five years and has donated them to the Non-Profit Organisations and Community Based Organisations in the Western Cape. The container donated by Wartsila will provide The Grant.Net with the space to sort, unpack and recycle the computers. The Grant.Net provides a pivotal service to NPO’s like 40 % of them have no computers.

“We are collecting old computers from companies and we recycle and send them to Non-Profit Organisations. We have supported 81 organizations in this way the past year and have used our own house and office space, but now we can utilize the container,” said Tina Thiart, trustee and a founding member of 1000 Women Trust.

“We also want to use the container as a store and a repair shop, and thereby support schools and organizations in the community that requires computers,” said Thiart. “We are also supported by the department of social development in their quest to get computers,” she added.

The WinWin soup kitchen in Delft that provides breakfast to between 300 and 500 people and another 1200 meals per day, will benefit from having a container, said Farieda Ryklief. She says the container would accommodate 4 100-liter pots per day.

It will also be a secure location where kitchen material can be stored and protected, she added.

Previously, they lost funding from the government because they did not have separate storage facilities, but now, with the donation of the container, that won’t be a problem any longer.

Latifah Jacobs, the coordinator of the 45 soup kitchens of 1000 Women Trust, says the donation of one of the containers would support all the kitchens in the Kuils River area.

“It will be great to have a container which one can possibly utilize as a training facility or as a multi-purpose facility. To hire a multi-purpose facility can be very costly,” Jacobs said.

“It will also be a secure facility for keeping our kitchen facilities,” she said.

She serves between 320 and 450 meals daily at the Kuils River soup kitchen.

The last of the four containers is destined to be utilized in Masiphumelele, a very over-crowded township. The container would be used to accommodate kitchen equipment so that distribution can be done to the areas of West Lake, Red Hill, and Ocean View.

Masiphumelele provides between 150 and 200 meals at their soup kitchen every day.

Thiart also confirmed the receipt of two donations by friends of the 1000 Women Trust to assist with the organization’s work during its 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Formfunc, a leader in workstation optimization, ergonomic furniture design, and manufacture, has donated R10 000 to 1000 Women Trust and its campaign of 16 Days of Activism for no violence against women and children.

Isilumko graciously donated R5000.00 towards 1000 Women Trust’s campaign of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Isilumko delivers talent through scalable staffing solutions by recruiting the highest-caliber, best-suited candidates to ensure extraordinary value for clients.

“Once again the generosity by companies and Individuals is heartwarming. We encourage all to open their heart and their purses and to donate to the vulnerable communities. It is people who make a difference in our communities. Every gift is equally important,” said Thiart.

Other companies or private donors who wish to contribute to the work and projects of 1000 Women Trust, can contact Thiart on 073 207 9079 or mail her on tina@1000women.co.za.