Welcome to the Hermanus Rainbow Trust
A leading provider of comprehensive "community and social development" services and support to hundreds of orphans, vulnerable children and disadvantaged families living in the poverty ravaged communities of the Overstrand, since 1999.
The Hermanus Rainbow Trust's head office is in Hermanus, with satellite support centres in Buffelsjag. Gansbaai, Zwelihle, Stanford and Kleinmond, covering a wide area from Betty's Bay to Buffelsjag.
Our Vision is "To rebuild the fabric of society in the poverty ravaged communities of the Overstrand."
Support Our Community Centre Fund
After the robbery we had late last year where everything was stolen including appliances, tables, chairs, cooking utensils, the sink and many fixed fitting, we are still looking for funding to replace stuff and to install an alarm system. Please help us by making a donation.
"Community and Social Development" Services and Support.
To achieve our Vision we provide community and social development services and support through 5 programmes.
Our flagship programme is "Parenting Worx", a world class holistic parenting, life-skills and "early childhood development" programme that was developed jointly with Stellenbosch University.
The "Children's Circle of Support" programme caters specifically for our orphans and vulnerable children.
Our "HIV / AIDS Awareness and Prevention" programme focuses on both adult and children's support groups, and caters for people living with AIDS.
"Sponsor a Child" is a sponsorship programme catering for both orphans and vulnerable children who desperately need assistance to survive.
The Zwelihle Pre-primary is a Grade R school in Zwelihle with 96 children, mainly for children living in Zwelihle.
Critical Activities to Alleviate Poverty
To achieve our Vision and Mission we offer 5 comprehensive "community and social development" programmes, however within these programmes we have 5 critical activities that enable us to eliminate malnutrition, hunger, child mortality, and poverty in general.
These 5 critical activities include:
We are appealing to all BUSINESSES in the Overstrand region to make a donation in our time of need !
The Challenges of Living in a Poverty Ravaged Community.
The living conditions in these communities are generally poor, for example in Zwelihle there are over 18,000 living in small shacks with no fresh water, electricity or sewerage available in the shacks. The unemployment levels are very high (71%) and the literacy levels low, with 59% earning less than R1,200 per month and 4% not having any form of income at all. It is estimated that 45% are “infected” with HIV.
However the reality is that virtually every family is “affected” by HIV in one way or another. Tragically this is further aggravated by widespread crime, gangs, drugs, violence, rape, teenage pregnancies, HIV, neglect and the abuse of women and children.
These devastating conditions have resulted in the breakdown of family structures causing single parent families and “child-headed” households with hundreds of orphans, vulnerable children and disadvantaged families.