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Community HEART Statement

It is with great regret that we have to announce that our Board has reluctantly decided that our charity will cease to operate with immediate effect.

This has been a very difficult step to take after 26 years of successfully supporting the communities of the new South Africa. However, our situation, in common with everything else in the world, has been changed utterly by the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We have been unable to carry out any fundraising work or develop our campaigns over the last half year and we cannot see any prospect of a return to normality.

 It is particularly disappointing as we were about to launch several exciting projects which would have been fitting expansions to all our successful previous initiatives.

We were set up shortly after the first free elections in South Africa in 1994 by Denis Goldberg who sadly died earlier this year. Our aims, as reflected in our name, were to assist in overcoming the legacy of apartheid in the fields of Health, Education and Reconstruction Training.

For a small organisation, we believe that we have been remarkably successful in those aims.

In the last 26 years, some of the projects which have been supported include –

  • Collecting and carefully selecting almost 4 million books for school libraries throughout South Africa
  • AMAKHAYA NGOKU, a community based housing project in Masiphumele Township
  • MEDUNSA adult literacy project, providing a mobile library in the area surrounding the Medical University of Southern Africa
  • Purchasing and equipping a Maths and Science Laboratory bus to support education in the area around MEDUNSA
  • Providing a mobile clinic for primary health care work reaching out to more than 2 million people, particularly in schools
  • Supporting HIV/AIDS projects
  • UMTHATHI Training Programme in Grahamstown helping families to make vegetable gardens
  • Cooperating with Computer Aid International to ship thousands of computers to schools, colleges and universities
  • Supporting Rape Crisis Centre Cape Town, including obtaining funding from Comic Relief
  • Various art and cultural projects including in Soweto and Bethesda
  • Funding UBUBELE psychotherapy resource and training centre in Alexandra Township

In addition, our latest operations were directed towards supporting IKAMVA LABANTU (The Future of our Nation) based in disadvantaged townships around Cape Town, a movement of social development organising more than a thousand locally led projects: raising funds for the purchase in South Africa of high quality beginner books in the 11 official mother tongue languages: supporting the Denis Goldberg Foundation and the construction of its House of Hope, an arts and cultural centre in Hout Bay township in Cape Town

The success of Community HEART has been due solely to our wonderful supporters. We cannot thank them enough and the projects we have been supporting stand as testament to their solidarity with the people of South Africa. It is a great pity that we as an organisation are unable to continue with this work. 

IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, WE WOULD ASK OUR SUPPORTERS TO IMMEDIATELY CANCEL ANY STANDING ORDERS PAYABLE TO COMMUNITY HEART.

We would urge them to transfer their donations to either Ikamva Labantu or House of Hope. Details of how to do this can be found on their websites Ikamva.org.za and goldberghouseofhope.co.za.

On behalf of the Board we would like to thank our Director Izzy McVicar and Brian Stangoe for all the hard work they have done over the last 23 years.

On behalf of the Board of Community HEART

Maggie Dunn

Chair

Bob Bruce

Vice-Chair

Denis Goldberg 11th April 1933 – 29th April 2020

It was with great regret that we heard that Denis Goldberg, our founder and inspiration, passed away just after midnight on Wednesday 29 April 2020.

He was truly a hero of the liberation movement. All of his life was dedicated to the struggle for freedom in South Africa, the efforts to build a democratic society and the welfare of the people.

He was also an internationalist and was a friend of those fighting for a better future throughout the world.

We will always remember his commitment, energy, determination and love of life. He inspired all he met and we will miss him greatly

HAMBA KAHLE, DENIS!
AMANDLA!

Urgent Appeal – Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic takes hold, no country will escape the consequences of this fast spreading virus.  On 26th March South Africa was brought under a nationwide lockdown. 

With the number of confirmed cases in South Africa jumping from a couple of hundred to 1,353 in just 7 days to March 31st, it is almost certain that the virus will sweep through townships, straining the health care system and drawing focus to the persistent inequalities still prevalent in South Africa.

With social distancing being a privilege of the wealthy, those in the crowded townships will be most at risk; cramped living conditions are the norm, with many having little or no access to clean water let alone hand washing facilities to help stem the spread of the virus.

This crisis will hit the old, ill and poor the hardest and with all of our fundraising events, which we rely on to raise the much-needed funds, being cancelled or postponed we need you help even more.

Many of our not-for-profit organisations on the ground need urgent funding to help those most in need.

Ikamva Labantu, one of South Africa’s most established non-profits, had to close its doors to its 21 Seniors Clubs throughout the townships surrounding Cape Town.  These clubs provide daily meals, health check-ups, exercise sessions and much need company to the most vulnerable community members who are now alone and in need.

Aware of the devastating affect these closures are having, Ikamva Labantu are using their vast networks to provide food and hygiene parcels to their programme members and have launched an emergency appeal for funds to sustain this.

Help us to help Ikamva Labantu and other organisations help the most vulnerable by donating below, calling 07876 561643 for our bank details or send a cheque to Community H.E.A.R.T., 34 Watts Street, Manchester M19 2TR


What we do

Community H.E.A.R.T. (Health Education And Reconstruction Training), a UK based Registered Charity, was set up when Nelson Mandela was elected President of free South Africa to overcome apartheid’s awful legacy.

Together with our partners in South Africa we give priority to health, education and reconstruction training projects based on the principle of self-help. We try not to run projects but give support to local initiatives, small and large.

People all over the world can now play a role in South Africa and the Southern African Region by helping people to gain the skills they need to rebuild their countries.

Founding director and President, Denis Goldberg says: “When we teach a person how to fish, his family will eat. The need is to teach communities to fish so they may eat for generations to come.”

Denis Goldberg

In Nelson Mandela’s book, A Long Walk to Freedom, he quotes Denis Goldberg in the Rivonia Courtroom shouting, “Life, Life to live!” when Justice de Wet sentenced him and his comrades to life imprisonment for treason.

Denis Goldberg gave most of his life for South Africa. But that wasn’t enough. He still has a struggle to fight, for his cause was more than the end of apartheid in South Africa. It was and still is a struggle against injustice and a burning desire to help people in need. Despite having spent 22 years in prison Denis Goldberg still believes life is wonderful and he’s trying to ensure it is wonderful for South Africa’s many underprivileged.

Historic Anti-Apartheid Posters

Our selection of historic Anti-Apartheid posters are a snapshot of the campaigns undertaken by AAM over the years. Replica prints will be soon be available to purchase from this site to please check back soon. Alternatively we always have a selection at our fundraising events across the country or sign up to our news letter to find out how to get yourself one of these momentous prints.