Missionvale USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the poor and underprivileged of South Africa. This organization supports the efforts of the Missionvale Care Center in Port Elizabeth, South Africa to provide hope and a positive future through sustainable programs focused on education, nutrition, healthcare, skills development and shelter.
Many kids in the United States are preparing for the start of their next school year. A majority of the kids in Missionvale township are not so fortunate as they must pay for their schooling in South Africa and most cannot afford it. Education was one of Sister Ethel’s main focuses from the very beginning – providing them an opportunity of education would provide them an opportunity at life. The Care Center now runs and finances an elementary school, grades K through 7, with no governmental assistance what so ever. Each year they must find the funds to continue the school.
Missionvale USA has set a goal to raise $11,000 to sponsor one classroom at Missionvale Care Center Academy for the upcoming year. We recently received a $2,500 grant from Looking Out Foundation to get us started towards our goal. We also have a very generous donor who has offered to match every dollar raised (up to $10,000). If you donate $100, $200 will go toward the Sponsor a Classroom campaign!
This campaign will run August 1st through September 30th. Please think about the difference you could make in a child’s life and make a donation now.
For a contribution of $75,
You will provide one student access to the stationary and books for the entire year.
For a contribution of $130,
You will provide lunch for 30 students for one month.
For a contribution of $500,
You will pay the salary of the schoolteacher for one month.
For a monthly contribution of $65,
Each month you make this donation, it will cover the cost of a school breakfast and lunch for one child for the entire year.
Words from Sr. Ethel
"There's no point in giving medication without food. I've grown into the fact of knowing that food is medication in Africa today.
Everyday over 600 to 800, sometimes 1,000 heads of family come to us for one half loaf of bread and a cup of full of raw soup."
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Education is the movement from dark to light.
One of the daily activities we don’t think twice about is where we are going to go to the bathroom. We almost always have readily available bathrooms with running water. The people of Missionvale do not have access to sanitary toilet facilities due to the lack of sewerage infrastructure. As pictured above, they rely on self-made shelters and the bucket system (a bucket is used within the shelter as the toilet, and every so often, the municipality collects the waste and supplies a clean bucket).
Ben Worthington, Missionvale USA Board member, has been working with Amfi Craft, a company in Port Elizabeth, South Africa who has designed and manufactured the Wee-Can. The Wee-Can provides a safer, more robust and hygienic alternative to their self-built outhouses. There are many additional benefits to the Wee-Can including: safe for small children (will not fall into hole), portable, easy to assemble, resistant to theft (materials have no street value), will create employment opportunity to produce and install units, and improve individual and community moral. Amfi Craft has already donated one unit to Missionvale Care Center.
Missionvale USA hopes to raise enough funds to supply the Care Center with three more units and then place some in the community. The cost of each unit for production, delivery and installation is $350.
Help provide Missionvale Care Center and the community with some Wee-Cans and bring much needed dignity and respect to the community.