- Tennyson House is the only shelter
and safe haven for homeless girls and young women living
on the streets of Durban in South Africa. In 1997, after
visiting and examining the problems first-hand, Charlotte
donated funds to cover the first six months' salary for
a professional child-care social worker to manage the welfare
of the young women. Charlotte also helped their newly appointed
voluntary fund-raising manager to formulate an effective
fund-raising proposal to continue to fund this work.
- Jabulani, (Zulu for Happiness) is a self-help centre for
destitute children and families in Marianhill, on the outskirts
of Durban in South Africa. The project aims to empower its
members in various ways to become self-sufficient. Trade
plus Aid® has been assisting Jabulani ever since Charlotte's
first visit in 1997 when she donated funds to buy equipment
for the candle-making
and carpentry workshops, creating fairly-paid work for
those members who rely on Jabulani for food, clothing and
medicine. In 2003, Trade plus Aid® has donated funds to
expand the sewing
workshop in order to help the project to produce practical
garments to sell to the local community.
- Conservation International which is a non-profit organisation
involved in conservation-based enterprise initiatives and
community development. Trade plus Aid donated US$2,372 towards
their rain forest projects in Peru and Guatemala.
- More recently, in 2002, Trade plus Aid assisted a music
specialist to travel and work in Vietnam as a volunteer
with the Christina Noble Children's Foundation and to
buy musical instruments for her music therapy work with
street children in Ho Chi Minh City.
- In 2002 Charlotte di Vita joined a group of Hong Kong
Rotarians to visit leprosy sufferers in four very isolated
villages in western China. Trade plus Aid donated money
to provide children's clothing and school bags and stationery. Charlotte
also introduced The Rotary Club of Hong Kong South to HANDA,
the Chinese self-help organisation, and together they are
developing a strategy to aid these impoverished communities.
HANDA was set up by a Chinese doctor in 1996 to develop
self-help programmes and give medical aid to leprosy (Hansen's
Disease) sufferers in China.
To read how Charlotte continues to raise money to donate
to Trade plus Aid® click here
Poster created by former street children at Tennyson
Jabulani assists to educate the children of destitute
families in South Africa.
Music Therapy in action at the Christina Noble Children's
Foundation in Vietnam.