Quaker Service (
Quaker Service (
The charity works by way of a committee of 10 people, mainly drawn from the Cape Western Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. We meet regularly to discuss requests for funding. Our running cost are almost zero as we employ no staff and have no premises. Committee members bring to meeting those causes which they believe are worth supporting. Committee members are responsible for staying in touch with the causes that they support and for ensuring that any funds awarded are applied as intended.
Fundraising is carried out through donations at the local Quaker meeting and through direct donation. People wishing to make anonymous donations to an organization sometimes use Quaker Service to channel their funds knowing that their wishes will be carried out effectively. A specific bequest was made to us some time ago which is intended specifically for the use of elderly Africans. Another bequest has recently been made to assist AIDS orphans receive university education.
The range of requests made to us are many and varied and not all receive our support. We only support NPO’s (non profit organizations) or people referred to us by entities such as the Legal Resource Centre (LRC), Black Sash, World Vision (Paarl), social workers or those that are known to us in some way or other by direct experience.
We prefer to support sustainable causes that help people to help themselves. In return we hope that those that we help will train or help others to become self reliant. Our aim is to give a hand up not a hand-out.
particularly interested in funding skills training as there is a chronic need
Activities and causes supported have included:
Soup kitchens in
Napier Newerus Child Welfare - childrens feeding scheme for 150 children
Oude Moulen - sustainable gardening scheme
Various vegetable gardens
Goeddedacht - childrens feeding scheme
Ananda Kutir – feeding project for more than 600 people suffering from HIV/AIDS and TB
S.O.S. Childrens Villages – food for pre-school children
Oasis Association – food and travel money for destitute disabled workers
Men at the Side of the Road – food for work seekers
Lunch clubs for the elderly at various locations
St Monica’s home for the elderly
Ikamva Labantu seniors project
Sewing machines for a sewing group
Training in baking
Training in home care and care for the elderly
Hair braiding training scheme
Sophumelela Sithunga – sewing and skills group for young women
Assistance with school fees and fares for travel to school
African Scholars Fund – support for schoolchildren unable to afford school fees
Care for burn victims
Purchase of a wheelchair
A glass eye
Carehaven – the Salvation Army home for abused women
Includid - a project looking after and empowering people with intellectual disabilities
Clothes and blankets
Eyesight test and a pair of glasses
Financial assistance for carers of orphans
Care for Kids programme supporting families and children suffering from HIV/AIDS
Loaves and fishes – providing shelter and food for the homeless
Black Sash – client assistance, monitoring and casework
SA Red Cross Society – support for fire victims
Ons Plek – a shelter for homeless girls in
Further details of some of the schemes supported are found in the Some Projects Supported, More projects supported (MS Word file) documents. Our short brochure summarises our work; our long brochure gives much more details.
We would appreciate any support for our work. Including us in your will is a wonderful way to help.
The Quaker Service Committee
For further information please email us:
our email address is Quakerservicecape@gmail.com