As most of the operating costs of the Santa Shoebox Project are covered by the Project’s main sponsor PEP, all private donations contribute towards the SSB Legacy.
The funds are used for upliftment projects in the communities where SSB approved facilities can be found.
The first roll-out was in 2014 when the need for basic First Aid training was identified. SSB collaborated with the South African Red Cross Society – benefiting not only the children, but the wider community. In 2015 and 2016 Hippo Roller water collection barrels were distributed to families who don’t have the luxury of running water in their own homes, enabling them to easily transport 90 litres of water.
As an integral component of the 3-year March To A Million, since 2017 the Legacy funds have been accumulating until the millionth Shoebox is achieved in 2020, after which they’d be used to make a profound difference to an impoverished community.
With the enormous challenges faced due to Covid19, the decision was taken to make use of Legacy funds to support other organisations and initiatives providing essential goods and services to impoverished communities experiencing additional hardships. Beneficiaries were chosen with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in mind, and, along with additional Hippo Roller water collection barrels, include –
Fundisa Umntwana – Winterton KZN – Feeding children from four SSB recipient creches as well as their family members, amounting to more than 600 persons.
Feed Rural KZN – Mbazwana KZN – Feeding 6 500 people across 4 wards close to Sodwana Bay.
Eco Children – Hoedspruit Limpopo – Having a positive impact on environmental awareness and education amongst the youth in Limpopo and Mpumalanga leading to better conservation and economic outcomes.
Rise Against Hunger – National – Food distribution, short term grants to buy local food, empowering communities through sustainable agriculture.
FoodFlow SA – Cape Town – The sponsorship of a bag of produce for a family facing food insecurity will provide fresh, nutritious food, while additionally supporting local small scale farms. For every 4 produce bags you sponsor you will be entered into a raffle to win a meal at one of the fine-dining restaurant partners!
Abalimi Bezekhaya – Cape Town – This micro-farming organisation aims to provide basic human necessities for indigent persons, by assisting impoverished groups and communities within greater Cape Town to establish and maintain their own vegetable gardens, so as to enable them to supplement their existing, inadequate supply of food and create livelihoods.
Save the Sheep – Sutherland Northern Cape – Empowers the drought-stricken Northern Cape farming community through skills training. They are currently making face-masks, blankets, toys and baked goods as a sustainable income stream.
Abalobi – West Coast Western Cape – Aimed at social justice and poverty alleviation in the small-scale fisheries chain. Promoting traceable, storied seafood by empowered small-scale fishers from hook to cook, in a manner that is not only ecologically responsible, but also socially fair.
Epic Foundation – Johannesburg – Assists victims of rape and abuse, including women in shelters. During this time of crisis focussed on women and children living in abusive relationships. Social distancing and self-isolation can make living with an abusive partner even more challenging.
Subz – National – Reusable pads and panties which last for 5-years, as well as menstrual cups – both of which prevent environmental waste. There are 7 000 000 girls in South Africa between the ages of 13 and 19. Statistics show that 4 000 000 of these girls do not have regular access to sanitary products. This can affect a girl’s attendance at school by 25% per year.
Little Sun – National – Solar lamps providing up to 50 hours of light after a 5 hour charge, saving people money on purchasing electricity, gas, candles or paraffin – over and above the health issues that come with inhaling fumes or the fire hazard from candles.