Every child should own their own bear ...
The Care Bear Project is a community initiativeCommunity knitted bears uplifting local rural communities, by providing employment and much-needed income for the families, and by using the product of their work, the bears, as a means of bringing joy to the children in these communities -  many of whom have never received a new toy in their lives. 

We are a fully constituted and registered Non-profit organisation. All donations qualify for S18A tax certificates and companies are also able to earn BBBEE and CSI points as all our beneficiaries are black South Africans.

Our knitters are all black women, predominantly pensioners, who are most often the mainstay of the family. These grandparents have all too often lost their own children to AIDS, and now find themselves supporting grandchildren. One of the significant advantages of The Care Bear Project is that there are no costs invloved to the knitters as we give them the full knitting kit, and they knit at home in their own time so there are no transport costs.
They are still then able to look after the children and run their households. 
 
Interested in sponsoring a Care Bear?

 
HOW CAN YOU HELP?

-     Join our Facebook page for regular updates and photographs of our achievements, and please share our posts to create awareness of the project. 

-    A donation of R80 gives one of our community knitters an income for a day, and you will make one little child very happy when he / she receives the bear

-    A donation of R400 sponsors a complete knitting kit, which provides our community knitter with an income for a week, and 6 happy children with bears

-    All donations are extremely appreciated and are used to provide knitting kits for our registered knitters, thereby supporting their families financially, as well as giving us the bears to donate to our never-ending list of places they are needed

-    Should you have a crèche, school, orphanage or other institution that you already support, you provide the sponsorship and we will provide the number of bears you require, knowing that each bear has been handkitted by one of our community ladies and that you have assisted with creating employment for these ladies

-    Should you have a community you would like to support with employment and income, you provide the sponsorship and we will assist by training the ladies to knit and establishing the group. All our knitters are required to have a South African ID and a valid bank account. You can then either nominate the organisations which will receive the bears, or we will distribute these on your behalf. 
Two Oceans Marathon Initiative
Two Oceans Marathon Initiative
Our Two Oceans Half Marathon runners did us proud!
Two Oceans Marathon Initiative

10 runners for the Two Oceans Marathon Initiative set off at a chilly start in Cape Town last week. The weather proved to be perfect for running, and the crowd support along the way was incredible. Samantha Beukes was our first runner home in a personal best time of 1:51 - well done Sam!!! Thank you to our runners for your support, we hope to have you on board again next year.

Pronel and Valentines Day love for the bears
Pronel and Valentines Day love for the bears
Pronel made a wonderful donation to The Care Bear Project following their successful Valentines Day competition - thank you Bridget!
Pronel and Valentines Day love for the bears

Pronel made a wonderful donation to The Care Bear Project following their successful Valentines Day competition - thank you Bridget!

Teaming up with FNB bringing smiles
Teaming up with FNB bringing smiles
The Care Bear Project proudly received a wonderful donation of wool from FNB
Teaming up with FNB bringing smiles

The Care Bear Project teamed up with Lindy and Robyn from First National Bank last week, proudly receiving a wonderful donation of wool for our knitters. We then distributed 100 bears to the children of Simcelesile Education Centre in Lidgetton. Thank you FNB for your generous support of our project - we hope you had a fun morning with us!

St Anne's Diocesan College helping distribute bears
St Anne's Diocesan College helping distribute bears
St Anne's Diocesan College helping deliver bears
St Anne's Diocesan College helping distribute bears

The girls of St Anne's Diocesan College were out and about just before Christmas distrbuting 40 bears to the children of Umusa Wenkosi Creche - happy smiles all round!

Interview with Thobile Mnikathi
Interview with Thobile Mnikathi
This month we introduce you to Thobile Mnikathi. She has been with the project since last year, and from a very rough beginner, Thobile is now producing the most beautiful striped bears with enormous character. Her story will dig into your heart, and if you are able to assist us with sponsorship for her very special little boy, we would be so grateful.
Interview with Thobile Mnikathi

Age: 42
From: Mpophomeni, KZN
Children: 1 Daughter (21), 1 Son (6)
Dream: To build a savings account for her disabled son so that when she is no longer able work, he has some money to enable him to live and be cared for
 
Thobile’s son developed a brain clot at the age of 2 and a half, stopped walking and talking and was completely disabled. Doctors believe that he may have been dropped or injured at his crèche. At the time, Thobile had a full-time job as a medical carer in a frail care facility in Howick. It has taken Thobile 4 years of trying to get through the government medical system, having had to give up her full-time job to spend the time with her son at many clinics and hospitals, before he was eventually operated on this year. The operation appears to have been a partial success as he is now starting to talk and move again, but there is a very long road ahead, and absolutely no indication that he will ever recover fully. Thobile is currently working 3 part-time jobs as a domestic worker to earn an income to support herself and her son, to pay for his care and medical expenses which are not covered by the minimal disability grant that she receives, as well as put her daughter through university.
 
Like many women in our communities, Thobile just gets on and does what she can to manage. When we met her, we were humbled by her acceptance of what life has dealt her, and her belief that her family will be okay, despite everything she has been through with her son. Thobile is so appreciative of every pack of bears we are able to give to her, and to be able to earn an extra income while she is at home looking after her son, is a blessing to her. Thobile has a savings account into which her bear money is paid, and this is being saved for the day when she is no longer alive to look after her little boy so that he will have some money on which to live and to pay for someone to care for him

Bear delivery to the Pietermaritzburg Children's Home
Bear delivery to the Pietermaritzburg Children's Home
Bear delivery to the Pietermaritzburg Children's Home

56 bright and happy bears were given new homes with the children from The Pietermaritzburg Children's Home last week. Jess and Jade handed over the bears in their new boxes.

Interview with Lephina Zondi
Interview with Lephina Zondi
Interview with Lephina - Our Champion Knitter
Interview with Lephina Zondi

This month we introduce you to Liphina Zondi. Liphina was the very first knitter to join our project and helped us to pioneer our first Care Bear. She has responsible for getting together our first community of knitters in the Lidgetton area and is our foremost champion knitter!
 
Liphina is a dedicated mother as well as grandmother, providing not only for her children but also her three grandchildren. As with many families, Liphina lost her son a number of years ago and now is the sole support and carer to this grandson, as well as caring for her daughter’s two children at home, while supporting her daughter through nursing school. Liphina has only her government pension to support all six of them each month.
 
Talking to Liphina, we learnt that her house is rapidly deteriorating due to rainwater, to the point where she has plastic bags stuffed in the gaps between the doorframe and the wall, and around the windows. Liphina saves her money from The Care Bear Project in the hopes of building a veranda to prevent the water from seeping around and under the door and in the sides of the windows, so that her house can continue to be a home to herself, her children and grandchildren.
 

Nyamvubu Bear Drop
Nyamvubu Bear Drop
Nyamvubu Bear Drop 
Nyamvubu Bear Drop

We had a very successful teddy drop at the Crèche at Nyamvubu, meeting Zanele and the children she looks after. There were beaming smiles as each child was given their own bear, many of which have probably never had their own teddy before.
 

Care Bears Visits Never Never Land
Care Bears Visits Never Never Land
The Care Bear Project goes to Cedara to visit the Never Never Land Creache in Cedara.
 
Care Bears Visits Never Never Land

The Care Bear Project was privileged to meet Zandile and her team at Never Never Land Creche in Cedara today. Not only did we bring smiles to 57 children with our bears, we also recruited some enthusiastic new knitters among the grannies who are helping out at the school. The Care Bear Project is committed to empowering our communities through providing meaningful financial assistance to our knitters, and then using the product of their efforts, the bears, to brighten the lives of the children.
 

69 Bears in one Week!
69 Bears in one Week!
Our ever productive Lidgetton Ladies produced 69 bears this week!
69 Bears in one Week!

Our Lidgetton ladies have been hard at work - 69 bears were collected on Friday. That means almost R3500 that The Care Bear Project has paid to this community this week!

 

Our Very First Teddy Bear Drop!
Our Very First Teddy Bear Drop!
Such an exciting day today as The Care Bear Project made its first "Teddy Drop" ...
Our Very First Teddy Bear Drop!

Such an exciting day today as The Care Bear Project made its first "Teddy Drop" - 110 bears to the Lidgetton Community Creche. A morning of very excited children!  Thank you to Lephinah and Martha, two of our community knitters, and to Lynne and Nicky, founder members, for helping to hand out the bears.

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