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The Southern Africa Women Hope Education And Training (WHEAT) Society raises funds to support the grassroots education and training of women in Southern Africa and aims to promote a culture of giving.
We are currently working with the following partners in South Africa and Zambia:
  • The Love and Care Project, which provides child care in Masiphumelele Township of Cape Town to 100 children who are affected by HIV/AIDS (approximately half of whom are HIV-positive themselves), support to youth andchildren to attend school, and support services to HIV-positive members of the community.
  • Development Education and Leadership Teams in Action (DELTA), focusing on leadership development for women in rural communities regarding the psychosocial needs of children, particularly orphans affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic and HIV intervention with women, through understanding the link between vulnerability, sex, HIV/AIDS and death.
  • Khululeka Grief Support for Children and Youth, who are distributing the book Someone I Love Died (translated into 4 languages), a collection of stories about HIV/AIDS, loss and hope.
  • The Women's Hope, Education And Training (WHEAT) Trust, an organization based in Cape Town which supports a wide range of grassroots development projects for women.
  • YWCA Zambia, who engage in a range of development initiatives and advocacy with a focus on women's and youth empowerment, including the Children In Crisis Centre in Lusaka.

The WHEAT Project was initially operated by WHEAT Canada (which was an independent organization for three years, a sister organisation to the WHEAT Trust in South Africa). It has been integrated into VIDEA's Africa Program since the fall of 2006.

The focus of the project continues to be supporting women's education and training initiatives in Southern Africa.

Update: Khululeka Grief Support for Children and Youth

Khayelitsha grief support began in 2011 because the organiser Nontobeko Moni (a well-seasoned trainer in this area) found that there were sometimes 300 boys and girls in a single school who had been orphaned. Teachers indicated that children were sometimes not attending school, they were not very successful in their studies, and sometimes had behavioural difficulties.

Compassionate eye provided funds for the first eighteen months and three cycles of 8-week groups will be completed by June 2013. Facilitators have been trained in two 4-day intensive sessions and the skills learned both help the children and have provided employment opportunities for some teachers and caregivers are enthusiastic noting changes in the children attending the groups

Nontobeko found that the children also had other needs like food and school uniforms and money was provided from Canada. Nontobeko Moni is visitng Canada in June 2013 to meet with sponsors as a guest of Heather Ferris of WHEAT, who has been working with her in Southern Africa for fifteen years. She is determined to keep the groups available in Khayelitsha where many thousands of children are orphaned due to HIV and AIDs and violence.

To donate:
If you would like to donate to the WHEAT Project, please contact VIDEA or simply complete and send a WHEAT Project donation form to VIDEA. Click here for a downloadable donation form. You are welcome to target your donation to any of the above initiatives if you wish. We will issue a charitable receipt for all donations of $10 or more.

Or donate online through Canada Helps (please choose the Wheat Project, or South Africa Relief in the Fund/Designation drop down menu). If you would like your donation to go to a particular initiative, please specify the project in the message box.






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