Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA) is a non-profit, volunteer medical services organisation that provides free reconstructive surgery to children and adults born with cleft lips and/or cleft palates, or any other correctable facial deformity.

Shine CentreEstablished in 2000, The Shine Centre, 2010 WISE Awards nominee and winner of the 2008 Institute for Justice and Reconciliation Award, is a non profit organisation that provides literacy and language enrichment to children in Grades 2 and 3 through regular volunteer-led tutoring.

abraham krielAbraham Kriel Childcare (AKC) protects, cares, educates and treats children in order for them to have a chance to become contributing members of society. With more than 800 children in our care, we offer a wide variety of care models to children of all ages that have many different needs and circumstances. Children need an anchor to give them hope and a future. Abraham Kriel Childcare will be that anchor by nurturing and developing almost 800 children.

sardaSouth African Riding for the Disabled (SARDA) is a local charity that provides therapy to special needs children by bringing them into contact with and assisting them with riding specially trained horses. The therapeutic benefits that children with physical and psychological disabilities gain from riding at SARDA Cape Town branch is made possible by 12 qualified volunteer instructors and an additional 120 volunteers who, among many other activities, help lead the horses and in many cases physically support the more severely disabled children on the horses.


Founded in 1936, Cotlands was originally created as a sanctuary for unwanted babies. It all started one night when a baby was left on the doorstep of Matron Dorothy Reece’s home in Mayfair, Johannesburg. She decided to take the infant in and care for it and out of this single act of kindness, Cotlands was born.

sancbThe South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB) is a non-profit organisation that was established in Cape Town in 1929.

The Council is an umbrella organisation encompassing 99 organisations for and of blind people in South Africa across all nine provinces. Their slogan: Empowering visually impaired people to do what they dare to dream.

noahIn response to the realisation that we face an "epidemic of orphans" following the AIDS pandemic in South Africa, Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity (Noah), was formed. Noah works on franchising community-based models of orphan care through which motivated individuals from communities are guided to set up their own community networks of care.  This functioning web of community support is called an Ark.

heartbeatHeartbeat is a non-profit (Reg: 015-242), and public benefit (Reg: 18/11/13/4841) organization, as well as a Section 21 company (Reg: 2000/001288/08) that was founded in 2000 by Dr Sunette Steyn.  The organization exists to alleviate the suffering of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) by facilitating change in communities.

amy biehlThe Amy Biehl Foundation is a NPO working towards township youth development in the Western Cape and named after Amy Biehl, a humanitarian, researcher & academic who helped create a new democracy but who passed away in 1993 - a victim of apartheid's racial tension - leaving a great legacy behind.

sesego caresSešego Cares, a South African registered Section 21 Company / NPO with 18A status was established in 2005 by volunteers to make a sustainable difference in the lives of vulnerable people in Southern Africa. The ethos of Sešego Cares is hinged on the spirit of ubuntu to bring together people willing to offer their time, skills and donations to help various socially significant projects in communities across Southern Africa

docters-without bordersSince 2000 MSF, Doctors without Borders, have been working in South Africa, primarily in response to the HIV epidemic. In Khayelitsha, the largest township in the Western Cape, MSF has worked with the provincial authorities to pioneer comprehensive HIV treatment, including antiretroviral (ARV) medicines, at a primary care level. Today, these clinics support over 10,000 people on ARV therapy.

sagdbGladys Evans and her Guide dog Sheena founded the South African Guide-dogs Association for the Blind (SAGA) in 1953. All puppies are bred from specially selected stock, very often from dogs already bred by us. Every attempt is made to ensure that all breeding stock is free from any hereditary diseases. The dogs used are the Labrador and Golden Retrievers.

thechildrenshospitaltrustThe Children's Hospital Trust, the fundraising arm of the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital is dedicated to supporting the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in serving the children of Africa by promoting the Hospital as a centre of paediatric excellence and by raising capital for selected needs.

hospiceHospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) was founded in February 1988 and is a membership organisation for South African Hospices. During the last decade HPCA has established national and provincial Palliative Care development structures aimed specifically and purposefully at support and capacity building of member hospices and more recently of partner organisations in terms of the provision of quality palliative care.

nsriThe NSRI is a non-profit organisation that saves lives on South African waters. NSRI is manned by 920 volunteers at 30 bases around the coast and on 3 inland dams.  Donations, bequests and sponsorships cover the annual running cost of R22.5 million. The volunteers save NSRI a salary bill in excess of R230m per annum. NSRI began in 1967 - as a humanitarian service, at no charge to the public.

The Sunflower Fund LogoEach year hundreds of South Africans (mostly children and teenagers) face the diagnoses of a life-threatening blood disorder such as leukaemia, aplasia, immune deficiencies, inborn errors of metabolism, and other new indications such as auto-immune disorders and often their only hope of survival is a life-saving blood stem cell transplant.

reachfordreamFulfilling the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses. Reach For A Dream is a non-profit organisation which fulfils the dreams of children between the ages of 3 and 18 who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.

soschildrensThe SOS Children's Villages South Africa is a private, charitable, social development organisation.  It is politically and denominationally independent, and is an affiliated member of SOS-Kinderdorf International. SOS Children's Villages build families for orphaned and abandoned children.  Eight to ten children are cared for in small family-type homes, the SOS families, and are raised like brothers and sisters.

starfishStarfish Greathearts Foundation is an international development charity, aiming to bring life, hope and opportunity to orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa. They believe that everyone can make a very real difference to the lives of these children.

chocCHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is a country wide voluntary organisation. It brings together the parents of children who suffer from all varieties of cancer or life threatening blood disorders - and is dedicated to improving the welfare and quality of care of children with cancer.

childlineChildline is an effective non-profit organisation that works collectively to protect children from all forms of violence and to create a culture of children's rights in South Africa.