WHO ARE WE?
We are an internationally based non-governmental registered humanitarian and developmental organisation established since 25 years in 31 countries in the Continent of Africa.
We are extensively involved in practical humanitarian developmental projects that restore, maintain and enhance the self-respect and dignity of the most poverty-stricken and down trodden needy people of the Continent of Africa.
WHAT IS OUR VISION?
The primary vision of Direct Aid International is to uplift the standard of life, morality and education of the most deserving and impoverished people in the Continent of Africa.
WHAT IS OUR MISSION STATEMENT?
Our mission is to vigorously strive towards achieving maximum productivity, service excellence and producing the most professional results for our donors and those in need, purely for the sake and progress of humanity in Africa via the selfless efforts of our staff that is deployed throughout the 34 Countries in Africa, where we are based - fulltime!
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF OUR OPERATIONS?
The Organization diligently persues this vision and mission in Africa by providing relief in respect of food to the most starving and hungry; water to the most thirsty; medical care to the most sick, education to the most needy, and inculcating a value based behaviour and lifestyle.
We also focus on establishing poverty relief developmental projects which ultimately lead towards self-sufficiency, and thereby, restoring the dignity, respect and honour of our fellow humankind throughout Africa.
WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED SINCE INCEPTION IN AFRICA?
We have achieved the following across Africa:
- 950 Schools and 5 Universities have been established in Africa.
- Over a half a Million African students studying at our schools in Africa.
- 150 000 students school fees paid in Africa.
- 520 scholarships / study grants have been awarded to students for higher studies.
- 1600 students are being sponsored for University studies.
- 6032 water wells have been dug across the continent of Africa.
- 3 dams/ barrages have been constructed in various countries in Africa.
- 62 medical camps undertaken, especially to cure eye diseases.
- 12 large agricultural, livestock poultry farms established.
- 350 handicraft training centres for destitute women established in Africa.
- Over 700 000 tons of food, medicine & clothing have been dispatched as aid to needy during the period of severe famine and drought and flood ravaged parts of Africa.
- 130 Community Centres are already established with each centre comprising of a school, clinic, female training centre, orphanage, complex and agricultural land benefiting thousands of needy people in Africa.
- Over 10 million value-based educational booklets/leaflets translated and printed in 22 different languages encouraging a value based, orderly, wholesome and beneficial lifestyle, in Africa.
- An educational Broadcasting station is established and being maintained covering a range of 16 regions and 10 languages disseminating educational programmes in Africa.
- 650 training workshops for educators, in service trainee learners and interns of Education Institutes were held in various parts of the Continent.
- 12 000 orphans being Sponsored and maintained daily across Africa.
WHAT SPECIFIC COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED ACROSS AFRICA?
Some of our specific Community Developmental projects already established across Africa are the class="staff">
- Vocational Training Carpentry Workshop and Centre in Burkina Faso.
- Agricultural and honey producing station for Orphans in Uganda.
- Cattle, Livestock and Chicken breeding farm in Zambia.
- Women Dressmaking and cooking Centre in Niger.
- Maize producing and processing plant in Kaakieri-Uganda.
- Industrial Vocational Training Centre in Wajier-Kenya.
- Women Carpet making Centre in Wajier-Kenya.
- Secretarial Administrative training Centre in Niger.
- Agricultural co-operatives operation in Southern Sudan.
- Rice and Wheat Agricultural Co-Operative in Chad.
- Female Knitting Crocheting and embroidery training centre in Niger.
- Furniture making workshop for the handicapped in Togo.
- Vocational Skills Training, Orphanage and Education Centre in South Africa
All the development projects undertaken and established by Direct Aid International and its donors are geared towards making people self reliant. Over the past two decades the organisation has developed real ways of creating long-term development and self-sufficiency.
WHAT IS OUR OFFICIAL STATUS IN SOUTH AFRICA?
We are registered with the Department of Social Development in terms of the non-profit organisation Act, 1997 (Act 71 of 1997). The Direct Aid International Trust in South Africa was registered in December 1991 under registration number 74/92.
ARE DONATIONS TO DIRECT AID INTERNATIONAL TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
We are in the process of applying, for the concession, to the Department of Finance.
CAN DIRECT AID INTERNATIONÂ¬AL RECEIVE BEQUESTS FROM THE ESTATE OF DECEASED PERSONS?
Yes, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue at the Department of Finance has granted the approval for the organisation to receive bequests, we quote:
"' You are also informed that bequests or accruals
from the estate of deceased persons in favour of the
organisation are exempt from payment of estate
duty in terms of the Estate Duty Act, 1968,"
WHAT WORK HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Through the support of our donors, the organisation funded and constructed the Al-Furqaan Orphanage and Educational and Vocational Skills Training Centre in Titanium Street, Grasmere/Finetown - approx. 32 kms South of Johannesburg.
The complex in Finetown, South Africa comprises of:
- A School
- An Orphanage complex
- A Vocational Skills Training Centre
- A Community Centre
- A Primary Health Care and Medical Facility
- An empowerment Bakery.
- An Agricultural training program
In addition to the above mentioned the organisation:
- Purchased two six metre containers and refurbished them to serve the local indigenous informal settlement community of Joe Slovo Park, Marconi Beam in the Western Cape.
- Constructed a community centre and borehole to access clean water in Mfekai, Zululand as well as renovated and improved the existing dilapidated structure to be used for educational purposes by
the local needy indigenous community.
- Established 27 boreholes for the needy and drought stricken victims located in remote rural areas of Kwa Zulu Natal and in urban informal settlement areas in Gauteng;
Sponsored and co-hosted a â€śPreviously Disadvantaged Farmerâ€ť skills training and Management workshop in Scottsburg, Kwa Zulu Natal which focused on the Vulamehlo/Umzimto Land reform and Development Initiative.
- Is providing and facilitating adult male and female literacy classes to members of the indigenous community in various parts of the country;
- Is allocating and distributing, annually, hundreds of thousands of kilograms of high protein supplementary food to the needy and destitute within the country;
- Has initiated and launched several Relief Aid Campaigns in support of natural disasters within South Africa and disbursed substantial relief aid support to such victims
- Is raising support and distributing, annually tons of warm clothing, blankets and shoes in support of the many needy and downtrodden people located in informal settlement areas in South Africa;
- Arranging and facilitating Youth Based Leadership Training Camps in the country
- Initiating and co-ordinating a National humanitarian relief aid campaign within South Africa
whereby over 1 000 tons of food, medicine and clothing were airlifted and shipped on the S.A.S. Tafelberg to Mombasa in support of the 1992 severe drought/femine and civil war in North East Kenya / Somalia.
- Initiated and airlifted by C130 Hercules aircraft hundreds of tons of relief aid to Mwanza, Tanzania in aid of the victims of the Rwanda, Burundi Civil War.
- Initiated and transported by road over R5 million rands of relief aid to flood stricken victims in Mozambique.
- Initiated and airlifted tons of relief aid to the destitute and needy, in Darfur, Niger and other parts of Africa.
- Synergizing with other organizations/institutions in poverty relief and natural disaster aid programs eg. Klerksdorp Tornado relief aid.
WHAT OTHER PROJECTS IS DIRECT AID INTERNATIONAL INTENDING TO EMBARK UPON?
Our research reflects that informal settlement areas and rural areas are in need of projects geared towards;
- Poverty Relief
- Humanitarian Aid
- Primary Health
- Care Skills
In this regard the organisation anticipates to embark towards ;
- Facilitating accessibility to clean water by constructing boreholes and water wells in remote rural and urban informal settlement areas;
- Initiating and facilitating empowerment and self' sufficiency skills training projects that would restore the dignity and respect of those that are poverty stricken;
- Providing and supporting , where required, primary health care facilities that would enhance a qualitative value based lifestyle and behavior for those that are poverty stricken and needy;
- Assisting and supporting the construction and development of simple , basic and conducive to learning primary and secondary schools in poverty stricken rural and urban informal settlement areas and regions where learners and educators are faced with pathetic standards and almost zero facilities presently.
WHAT IS OUR APPEAL TO DONORS?
Our appeal to donors is to support us financially and otherwise in our projects & programmes that are designed to uplift the standard of life, morality, behaviour and education of people that are poverty stricken and need.
The Direct Aid International undertakes to provide every donor with a full detailed report of the results of his / her donation in support of our work.
The Direct Aid International also undertakes to make a positive difference to the lives of the poverty stricken and downtrodden children in South Africa and the most needy in the Continent of Africa.