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									Why should you join Solidarity Helping Hand?
Dear Helping Hand friends I recently asked various individuals and benefactors of Helping Hand why they think it is important to join Helping Hand. Anyone who has a monthly debit order for Solidarity Helping Hand is regarded as a Helping Hand member. The ten-point list below was drawn up based on the responses received. All readers of ou r n ewsletter are welcome to respond to the list and to contribute their views and suggestion s on wh y peop le shou ld join Helpin g Hand. Responses can be emailed to dan iel@so lidariteit.co .za. WHY SHOULD YOU BECOME A MEMBER OF SOLIDARITY HELPING HAND? 1. BECAUSE YOU CARE ABOUT OUR PEOPLE • Helping Hand focuses on the challenges that poverty poses in the communities w here the majority of our members live. • Helping Hand, in conjunction with the Solidarity Movement, seeks new solutions to the challenges facing a minority group in a society where the majority rules. • Helping Hand offers help to communities that generally do not receive help from the government. • Successful programmes and models can be implemented in other communities as well. • Helping Hand is not affiliated with a specific political party, but works with any political party, church denomination or organisation to benefit the communities it serves. • As Helping Hand is independent, people can become Helping Hand volunteers, regardless of their political convictions, church denomination or social class.

2. YOU BECOME PART OF A TEAM THAT DOES NOT SHIRK AWAY FROM ISSUES • Helping Hand speaks for people who are unable to speak and stands up for people who are unable to stand up for themselves, thereby giving them hope. • Helping Hand broke the silence about white poverty. Furthermore, it has tackled drugrelated crime through the Break the Grip Project and takes on issues such as child abuse and crime. • Helping Hand always looks for positive solutions to negative circumstances.

3. YOU BECOME PART OF THE SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT • Helping Hand operates as a Section 21 company within the framework of a firmly established Solidarity movement that dates back more than 100 years. • By supporting Helping Hand, you become part of a movement that has your interests at heart.

4. YOU INVEST IN A CHILD’S FUTURE • Thousands of Afrikaans children cannot afford to obtain further training after matric and matriculants are not guaranteed jobs. Helping Hand’s approach to poverty relief is to prepare the youth for their careers through vocational guidance and training. • Helping Hand has created an extensive Afrikaans bursary platform from where it administers a variety of bursary funds, giving the maximum number of young people access to financial aid for further training, especially training in scarce and critical skills.

5. YOU BECOME PART OF THE SOLUTION • Everyone can help to combat poverty. You cannot always give money to beggars in the street, but through your involvement with Helping Hand you can become part of a broad solution to poverty. • Helping Hand believes that sp iritual and cu ltu ral poverty lie beneath economic poverty and should be dealt with first if the poor are to break free from the cycle of poverty. • Helping Hand bases its model of poverty alleviation on the Biblical principle that all of us – including the poor – have a calling that we must fulfil to honour God. Helping Hand endeavours to help people receive the necessary training to fulfil or discover their calling. • This approach, by implication, places a resp onsib ility on the poor to break out of their negative circumstances and not to become wholly dependent on donations and social grants. By following this approach, the poor can re-enter the economic mainstream and meet their basic needs. • Helping Hand is involved with the upliftment of several informal settlements, shelters, oldage hom es, children’ s homes and crèches, focusing on short- and long-term solutions to problems. • The support that Helping Hand offers to the community is based on a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses training, social upliftment, religion and awareness raising. Therefore, Helping Hand not only refers people to the appropriate organisations for help, but also works with other organisations to deal with poverty in its totality.

6. YOU BECOME PART OF A CARING COMMUNITY • Helping Hand is not a charity, but a co mmunity d evelopment organ isatio n. • Helping Hand believes in a community’ s ability to deal with poverty. Therefore, Helping Hand follows a community-based approach that focuses on development support, ensuring that the poor are incorporated into an active community where poverty is dealt with in its totality (that is, the cultural, spiritual and social sides of poverty). • Helping Hand is establishing branches nationwide that can mobilise communities for development support. Helping Hand branches are already dealing with poverty in their respective regions. These branches conduct social projects, seek job-creation opportunities and raise funds to finance community projects. Helping Hand’s head office in Centurion and regional offices in Cape Town and Potchefstroom give assistance to the branches regarding projects and marketing. Anyone who wants to help the underprivileged can form a Helping Hand branch or get involved with a local branch. • Helping Hand endeavours to include South Africans living abroad in its efforts to combat poverty. A successful communication network has already been set up in 11 countries, whereby Helping Hand raises awareness among South African expatriates about growing poverty in the Afrikaans community. 7. YOU PLA Y A ROLE IN TANGIBLE PROJECTS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE • Through Helping Hand you can become involved in projects that offer solutions to problems. Helping Hand, as a Section 21 company, has permanent staff who enable it to launch national projects successfully. • Helping Hand members have the opportunity to get their hands dirty by fulfilling their social responsibility through their work. • When you join Helping Hand, you join a team who are willing to get their hands dirty to encourage and empower others.

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The Lunchbox Project distributes food coupons to crèches in disadvantaged communities and empowers nursery school teachers, child minders and mothers through training programmes. The Schoolbag Project gives Grade 1 pupils schoolbags and stationery on their first day of school. Winter Hope collects clothes, blankets and other essential items that are distributed nationally in winter. The Donations Office distributes food, clothes and other essential items daily.

8. YOU HAVE THE ASSURANCE THAT YOUR MONEY IS NOT WASTED • Helping Hand does not receive any money from the state, the national lottery or any other organisation. • Helping Hand is entirely dependent on money obtained through its members’ debit orders and donations from the community. • Helping Hand provides a focused service without making compromises, as it generates its own funds. • Helping Hand manages its funds responsibly, transparently and according to sound business principles. • Helping Hand maintains very high corporate and administrative standards. • The company’ s finances are audited regularly by external auditors. • Helping Hand consults a legal advisor on a regular basis to ensure accountability for its actions. • Helping Hand issues Section 18A tax certificates.

9. YOUR SUPPORT CREATES HOPE • There is a saying that well done is better than well said. If you join Helping Hand, you contribute to the search for solutions and play a role in creating hope.

10. HELPING HAND MEMBERS ENJOY NUMEROUS BENEFITS • Helping Hand members have access to the Helping Hand Emergency Fund, subject to certain conditions. • They can apply for bursaries of the Afrikaans Bursary Fund and Career Counselling Institute, subject to certain conditions. • They have the opportunity to get their hands dirty during Helping Hand’ s outings and gatherings. • They are automatically included in the discussion forums on Helping Hand’ s blog at www.storiesvanhoop.iblog.co.za and can participate in discussions during the Internet radio programme Mense on Mondays between 13:00 and 14:00. • They receive a monthly newsletter. • They are kept updated on Helping Hand’ s research. • In exchange for their contributions, they receive a Section 18A tax certificate, subject to certain conditions. • They receive a membership card. • They have the assurance that their contributions help to improve the standard of living of a specific group of people. Their contributions are not divided into small, useless parts. • They can become involved in easing the plight of people in need through Helping Hand’s branches.

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They are part of an organisation that works with the government and welfare organisations at all levels. They receive assistance from Helping Hand’s skilled and professional staff.

Here are so me o f the responses th at were received from Help in g Hand’s b en efacto rs: 1. “The people from Solidarity and Helping Hand convey constructive and useful information to the public on the radio shows. It is great to hear that, for example, Sol-Tech trains young white people and that bursaries are awarded to students. They talk about what is being done to assist the poor and how Solidarity Helping Hand deals with social problems. Solidarity Helping Hand shows that actions speak louder than words.” 2. “Solidarity’ s web site contains information and pictures that reflect what is really going on. Our people need help urgently. The state no longer subsidises white retirement homes.” 3. “Affirmative action has led to poverty am ong whites. I n spite of their work experience, white people have had to make room for people who do not have the necessary expertise. Especially older white males are simply unable to find work and their families suffer as a result.” 4. “Solidarity and Helping Hand speak Afrikaans and help people all over the country to get back on their feet. You fight in court and stand up for the Afrikaner.” 5. “The web site of Solidarity Helping Hand conveys the facts. You have the Afrikaners’ interests at heart.” 6. “I became involved with Helping Hand on the Lord’s instruction and after reading about Helping Hand in the newspaper.” 7. “My children saw that there were children at school who were cold and hungry. I made enquiries and found out about Helping Hand. I can do something to help others.” 8. “‘I tell you the truth, w hatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40) 9. “Helping Hand obeys God’s Word that instructs us to love and serve our fellow human beings.” 10. “We have confidence in you and know about the good things you do.”

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