Mercy Bags

HARD WORDS WHERE NO-ONE ELSE CAN HEAR, BLOWS WHERE NO-ONE CAN SEE IT, A NON-EXISTENT SELF IMAGE.

An invisible woman

CPI SA’s Mercy Bags project, which originated with the singer Corléa and Mamilla Fashions, aims to give abused women something beautiful and practical in a very difficult time.

In South Africa, thousands of women live in daily fear of the next lashing. They cannot flee, because they have nothing. 

Mercy Bags asks women to become an invisible friend for an invisible woman by gifting handbags, old or new, filled with anything that can make the life of an abused woman easier after escaping.

YOUR NEW JOURNEY STARTS WITH YOU!

You, and only you, can make the decision to break the cycle of violence.  

You must never live in fear, you must never accept that what is happening to you is NORMAL or ACCEPTABLE!  You and your children deserves to be safe and loved.

  • Always make sure that you and your children are safe
  • Trust someone enough to tell them what is happening to you – reach out!
  • Save the trusted person’s contact details on your phone as an emergency contact.
  • Make sure to show your children what to do / how to escape when your lives are in danger
  • Always keep an extra set of house keys safely hidden
  • Always keep important documents in your possession (Id’s / medical aid cards / bank cards)
  • Make sure that your phone is fully charged at all times
  • If you are planning to leave your abusive partner, do it while he is not there

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE:  0800150150

SAPS: 10111

LIFELINE: 086 322 322

Tiny Bits Baby Bags

In a stable home environment, the arrival of a baby is one of the most wonderful events. That feeling that the new mom gets when she receives the news: “You are pregnant”, is one that immediately overwhelms her with love for the little person inside her. 

The new parents’ whole life changes in the blink of an eye. The days and months are counted down and the new mom monitors the baby’s growth and development.  

Family and friends are there to form a support network for the family and to help in any way possible.  

Unfortunately, this experience is not the same for all mothers. The words: ‘You are pregnant’, create fear, uncertainty and worry for some. In so many cases, these babies come into the world without any support network and people to care for them. 

Let’s pack a Tiny Bits baby bag full of love, care and compassion!  

The baby bags are provided to single mothers and mothers in shelters, as well as to institutions that care for babies who have been left with them by means of safety boxes. 

Seeds of Sunshine

CPI SA is launching the Seeds of Sunshine project, and with the project culminating on the National Seeds of Sunshine Day on March 9 each year, CPI SA wants to bring people a piece of sunshine.  

 

 

Just like the sunflower that turns its face to the sun in difficult times, CPI SA wants to bring a piece of sunshine to people who quietly make others’ lives a little easier every day without expecting anything in return.

The project is very close to our hearts.  We are launching the Seeds of Sunshine project in memory of Gladys van Wyk. With her love for Jesus and her humble way of working, she planted thousands of sunflowers in South Africa. Her motive was always love – love for her fellow human beings, children, and the Lord. It all starts with love.  Our Seeds of Sunshine bags can be distributed to anyone, anytime.  

This includes parents who create a loving home for their foster children, the lady who wakes up early and misses out on walking her own children to school, to clean your home everyday, someone in the community who is always looking after everyone’s children, creating a safe haven for them to do their homework, providing them with a decent meal, etc.  These are the people who deserve a bag of sunshine!

Simply fill a bag filled with all things yellow  (e.g. Lays, jelly tots, chomp, yellow lip balm, a yellow smiley face chocolate, Tex), tie an appreciation note to it and brighten up somebody’s day

Pearl Project

The Pearl Project is a community development programme of ‘Helderberg Uitreik’.  They help parents, the youth and children to find their identity in Christ and to reach their full potential. 

Their primary goal is to empower people to become self-sustainable.

They support a number of farming communities in the Helderberg.  By working with like-minded organizations and schools, they strive to optimally service the communities. 

CPI SA is truly honoured to be a part of this wonderful project.

The Pearl Project operates right where the people live, IN the community, FOR the community!

They offer a variety of services, including, but not limited to:

  • Mobile library;
  • Evangelism;
  • Manual skills;
  • Creating a positive self-image;
  • Drug & alcohol abuse;
  • Youth camps;
  • Sport;
  • Needle work and other creative skills projects;
  • Poverty alleviation;
  • Food and clothing distribution;
  • Sale of stationary at affordable rates;
  • Vegetable garden;
  • Eco-bricks job creation project.

CPI SA has donated 3 tablets for Aunty Linda’s education centre, where the kids will have access to the internet to do research and homework.

We also regularly donate clothing, and has donated two sewing machines towards their needle work project. 

Dr Rodney Seale will also become actively involved in the community by launching youth programmes and camps.

He will present the Be a Lady Milady and Be a Gentleman Son workshops and will serve the whole community with the word of God.

Rawsonville & Gladys van Wyk

It is hard to talk about Gladys van Wyk without tearing up about her passing.  She was a living angel, who touched and changed so many people’s lives in her short life. A true community giant, who lived for serving others, planting seeds of sunshine and Jesus’ love everywhere she went.  

From babies to the disabled, Gladys always reached out to help where help was needed.  

It was such a blessing to know her and to have been a part of her journey.  The Seeds of Sunshine project was launched in memory of Gladys, as we continue to plant seeds of sunshine along the way where her legacy lives on.

Tinktinkie pre-primary

It is such a privilege to have been a part of a special project at Tinktinkie Créche in Somerset-West.  Tinktinkie Créche forms part of the ACVV and looks after the children with great love and care.  Most of the teachers and staff have been employed at the school for more than 10 years.

The playground needed some upgrading, and there are four tunnels on the playground which needed a re-paint.  Prominent Paints donated all the paint to the school.  Thank you, Prominent Paints! It is such an honor when local businesses give back to their community. 

Drama students from PNX Global Performing Arts in the Helderberg Rural area, volunteered to help with the sanding and painting of the four tunnels.  PNX Global encourages all their students to participate in community work and it was truly refreshing to work with such enthusiastic students. 

It was a great collaboration between Care Protect Invest SA and the community.  Even friends lend a helping hand to complete the project. The fun and colorful tunnels now ensure that the entrance to the school look more welcoming, and the children enjoys it too.

Care Protect Invest-SA have in the interim partnered with Tinktinkie School to continuously help them as their need arise.  We have also donated 3 tablets towards their teachers so that learning can be easy and fun.

The school has a fully equipped kitchen, which unfortunately had to close during the covid pandemic.Care Protect Invest-SA would like to help them to re-open their kitchen, so that they can provide a nutritious meal to the almost 40 children in their school. Most of these children are needy, as they are either foster children or come from homes where their parents are single parents, or where their parents earn a minimum wage.

This way, we can make sure that their tummies are full, and that they are able to optimally learn. If you would like to contribute towards the re-opening of their kitchen, please contact us. 

A full tummy = a happy child!

Ad hoc - Aunty Len's soup kitchen (Macassar)

Aunty Len’s Soup kitchen is a community based feeding project in Macassar.  It stems from Aunty Len, who fed and clothed the community for many years.  

After her passing, her daughter has continued her humanitarian work. 

Care Protect Invest SA is getting involved with their project, by donating much needed clothing and Hope Giving Food (dried food).

We are looking for a sponsor who will be willing to buy the dried food at cost price (R20 per pack that feeds 6 people), so that we can provide the community with a nutrituous meal.

If you are in a position to make a contribution, please make contat with us.  Together we can alleviate poverty and hunger!

 

Ad hoc - Beach clean-ups
(caring for our environment)

CPI SA participates in regular beach clean-up initiatives hosted by the Helderberg Ocean Awareness Movement. These clean-ups are usually held in aid of local organizations that need help, e.g. The Rape Crisis Centre or the Animal Welfare, etc. 

There is normally great entertainment by the Drumba Rhythm for Life, and talented fire dancers from the Fire & Flow Studio in Somerset-West.  It is always such fun to participate in the beach clean-ups, knowing that you are caring for the environment, supporting local talents, while contributing to organizations that does amazing work in the community.  

The biggest culprit is plastic waste.  According to the UN Environment Program (UNEP), 300 million tons of plastic is produced every year, and not all of it is recycled. To put that into perspective, that’s equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. 

It is the responsibility of every one of us to ensure that pollution is reduced. Once again, it starts at home. 

Ad hoc - Street Store Project

The global Street Store Project is a pop-up clothing store for the homeless.

Doxa Deo church initiated a similar project in Fisantekraal, just outside Durbanville, during May 2022.

Care Protect Invest SA was part of the outreach. We donated clothing and also took part in the project by ushering community members from one stall to another to ‘shop’ for clothing. More than 1180 people (including children from all ages) received much needed clothing and food. People were also blessed with prayer.

‘One particular little girl touched my heart immensely. She came in wearing no warm clothing at all (it was cold and rainy). She picked a beautiful cream coloured jersey and I immediately helped her to put it on. 

She gave me the warmest hug as appreciation, and although she was the one receiving something, it was indeed me who received so much more from her. I have never seen such appreciation for a jersey than from that little girl. I will keep her tucked in my heart forever.’

Ad hoc - Mama Themba

Mama Themba is a non-profit project that services state hospitals in the Western Cape. They provide a care bag containing clothes, a blanket, products for newborn babies, as well as hygiene products for the mother. This includes mothers who have had premature babies and who are in kanga care. CPI SA is excited to be partnering with Mama Themba and have already donated much needed baby clothing and shoes.

CPI SA will add Mama Themba as a beneficiary and will be supporting them indefinitely. We love volunteering there to assist them with preparing the care packs. It was such a pleasure to meet with Lindy and to see what amazing work they do. Please support their worthy cause, as they do need all the help they can get to care for vulnerable babies. They also need donations of wool, as they have lovely woman who knit and crochet the most beautiful blankets, beanies, and clothes. 

Ad hoc - Rape Crisis Centre Helderberg

Rape Crisis Helderberg is a non-profit organization located next to Helderberg Hospital. They are committed to helping survivors of rape and abuse overcome their trauma through caring counselling.

Through our Mercy Bags project (which originated with the singer, Corlea, and Mamilla Fashions), CPI SA donated 10 handbags, filled with necessities (sanitary ware, washcloth, soap, cream, roll-on, wet wipes, toothpaste, toothbrush, cookies, and sweets) and 30 pairs of underwear to the centre.

These handbags are given to victims of the atrocities when they arrive at the centre. Victims are examined by a medical doctor; statements are taken, and they receive much-needed counselling for as long as they deem it necessary.

CPI SA is happy to support local non-profit  organizations that share our goals: To make a difference in the lives of all people and to uplift and help them.

Feel free to support their charity shop, where you can buy the most beautiful second hand and new clothing and other items at great bargain prices. All profits go to the maintenance and upliftment of the centre.

Ad hoc - Project 1600

Making sure the kids of Lavender Hill had smiles on their faces over the festive season.  That was the main goal of Project 1600. This project was a collaboration between Care Protect Invest South Africa (CPI SA), Renate Vink from Holland and Free Food Kitchen.

Renate and her South African-born husband JP Skinner have a registered foundation named Stichting SOSA (Support Orphans in Southern Africa). CPI SA was responsible for the management and administration of Project 1600. Free Food Kitchen works on the ground and feeds thousands of people every day.  For Renate it is a calling to help kids in South Africa.  She buys Checkers vouchers online through Computicket.

The communities where Free Food Kitchen work in are very poor, but the people are resilient. We were able to bless the communities of Lavender Hill, Philippi, Hazeldean, Bokmakierie, etc. 

Care Protect Invest SA will continuously help Free Food Kitchen and SOSA in whichever way possible.  Together we can move mountains.