Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of organization is Helping Hands?
Helping Hands is a non-profit organization based in South Africa. It is an outreach initiative, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children who attend the ULOA Primary School near Monzi, in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
How many homes does Helping Hands have?
At present, we have one Girls’ Home and one Boys’ Home. The Girls’ Home currently accommodates seven girls and their caregivers. The Boys’ Home is a property with seven small housing units, including the kitchen and dining area. The boys’ home houses seven boys and their caregiver.
How does Helping Hands determine which children stay in their homes?
With the help of the school’s principal Ms. Londiwe, we identify which children in the primary school are most vulnerable and in desperate need, with no family nor relatives to care for them, or are children subject to abuse.
Up to what age can the children stay in the homes?
It is our goal that the children finish their school years, and be equipped enough to live on their own and be self-sufficient. Most of the kids started with us at a very young age. The eldest kids are now in their 20’s and finishing their Matric (in South Africa, it is the minimum university entrance requirements). We hope that through our Skills Development Programme, we will be able to equip them to eventually be employable, if they are unable to move on to higher education, and thus be self-sufficient.
Is Helping Hands affiliated with any other organization, local or international?
No, Helping Hands is not affiliated with any local or international organization. It is, however, in close association with the River Church in Mtubatuba, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
How many kids can we sponsor under the Sponsor-A- Child programme?
You can sponsor as many children as you wish in our Sponsor-A-Child programme. The monthly sponsorship is R250 (about US32, depending on current exchange rate) for each child. Your donation is definitely a huge help in meeting the needs of the children.
The monthly donations go towards meeting the immediate and future educational needs of the children as much as possible.
Are my cash donations to Helping Hands tax deductible?
Yes, cash donations to Helping Hands are tax deductible in South Africa. Helping Hands is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation in terms of section 30 of the South African Income Tax Act, and has been approved in terms of section 18A (1)(a) of the Income Tax Act, therefore donations to the organisation will be tax deductible in the hands of the donor in South Africa. A tax certificate is issued to donors at the end of each tax year.
What if I am no longer able to continue my sponsorship, what should I do?
If you are unable to continue your sponsorship, we simply request that you contact us and let us know.
I want to donate, but I cannot commit to a monthly sponsorship. What can I do?
Are cash donations the only way to help?
No, cash donations are not the only way to help. We have other existing projects where donations in kind, and/or volunteering work are very much appreciated. You can refer to our How to Help page and Our Projects page to see how you can help.
Who determines which child gets the monthly sponsorship?
Sponsorships are awarded randomly. All the children are in need, so we give sponsorships based on random selection.
Where does Helping Hands get most of its funding?
At the moment, most of Helping Hands’ funding comes from the kind and willing hearts of our private donors.
To whom do I make my checks or money order payable to?
Checks and money order donations should be paid to: Helping Hands Trust