This month at 9Lives we’re all about giving; and I’ve decided to find out more about how we can give to those in need. With Mandela Day just behind us and Women’s Month coming up in August, I’ve decided to focus on how we can give to the women in our communities who aren’t as privileged as you and me.

I’ve rounded up a few NPOs and initiatives close to my heart below, so have a look at how you can help them as well.

The Princess Project

What is the Princess Project?

The Princess Project is a registered non-profit organisation that assists matric girls with dresses, shoes and accessories to attend their matric dance in style. There are other similar initiatives as well, such as The Snow White Project, G12 Runway, and the Fairy Godmother Project, so find the one you feel most inspired by and get donating!


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How can I get involved?

The best way to get involved is to donate any old formalwear to any of these projects to their own designated drop-off zones. To get involved, you can contact the Princess Project here, the Snow White Project here, and the Fairy Godmother Project here.

Help Hetta

What is Help Hetta?

Help Hetta is an initiative by Solidariteit Helpende Hand, which focuses on helping underprivileged young girls by supplying them with sanitary products and toiletries to lessen their load. The care packages they distribute underprivileged girls contain a range of different products which differ from month to month. These packages always contain two packs of sanitary towels, as well as toiletries such as shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes among other much-needed items.


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How can I get involved?

Placecol have teamed up with Help Hetta, and you can join their drive by sponsoring a personal care pamper pack for just R80. These pamper packs include sanitary pads, deodorant, soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, vaseline and lip balm and are valued at R170. To thank you for your contribution, Placecol will also reward you with R100 off voucher as well! Or, you can donate R50 to Help Hetta on their website here.

Vanity Case Initiative

What is the Vanity Case Initiative?

Ayanda Tini Dlamini from Good Hope FM launched the Vanity Case Initiative based in Cape Town to help the women at Sisters Incorporated by packing care boxes which will then be handed over to ladies in need. Sisters Incorporated is a home for abused women and their children, as well as single, pregnant teenagers and women who are considering placing their babies up for adoption.

How can I get involved?

It’s quite easy to get involved, all you need to do is decorate a regular old shoebox and fill it with the following:

  • Soap
  • Face cloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Panty liners
  • Sanitary towels
  • Deodorant
  • Perfumed spray
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip gloss
  • Nail polish

Then all you need to do is drop the shoeboxes off labeled “For Attention Ayanda Tini Good Hope FM” at the SABC offices (209 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town) and you’re good to go!

Project Dignity

What is Project Dignity?

Project Dignity aims to reduce absenteeism and dropout rates in schools by increasing opportunities for girls to complete their education with dignity through access to reusable sanitary wear. They provide 100% cotton, biodegradable, reusable and washable pads and panties that last up to 5 years to underprivileged girls.


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How can I get involved?

You can donate to the cause directly on their website through Zapper, SnapScan or by EFT; or you can create a fundraising goal on their GivenGain page here. Alternatively, you can contact Sue Barnes, the founder of this initiative on their website to find out more about how you can help in different ways.

Shoebox of Love

What is Shoebox of Love?

The Shoebox of Love Programme is an initiative of Operation Shoebox, an independent, accredited non-profit organisation registered in South Africa. They allow you to register to “adopt” a child or old-age pensioner for whom you can put together a personalised shoebox of love.

How can I get involved?

There are three ways in which you can help this initiative. First, you can pledge to “adopt” someone between 17 August and 31 October on the Shoebox website, after which you will receive more info about them, such as their name, age, gender, clothing and shoe size, their favourite colour and sport, grade at school, hobbies and more. This will allow you to personalise their shoebox to be something extra special. Secondly, you can pledge to donate your time to help sort and distribute the shoeboxes, or thirdly, you can make a financial contribution on their website.

Are there any charities or organisations close to your heart that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments!


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