Vodacom today launched a ground breaking initiative called "Change the World" that will give 10 people the opportunity to work at one of 10 South African-based charitable organisations, for six months, and get paid for it.
The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) recently released the first ever ‘World Giving Index '. The report looks at three different types of charitable behaviour - giving money, giving time and helping a stranger. Currently, South Africa is ranked 76th in the World Giving Index and the report reveals that only 19% of our population is willing to volunteer their time to help others.
According to Mthobi Tyamzashe, Vodacom Executive Director: CSI and Chairman of Vodacom Foundation: "Since 1999 Vodacom, through the Vodacom Foundation, has assisted hundreds of charitable organisations with funding. This was followed by the launch of a vibrant staff volunteer programme, the Yebo Heroes, which enables staff to donate time, collected items and their skills to needy organisations. Now we would like to enable members of the public to join hands with us in our efforts and make a positive and sustainable contribution to South African communities."
A thorough search of available non-governmental organisations followed by a comprehensive due diligence check by an independent agency, on behalf of Vodacom, was able to identify a shortlist of 10 volunteer-ready host organisations.
The opportunities are as follows:
|KwaZulu Natal (Inchanga, Pinetown)||1000 Hills Community Helpers||Pre-School Educator or equivalent|
|Free State (Brandwag, Bloemfontein)||Free State Care in Action||Volunteer Coordinator|
|Mpumalanga (Nelspruit)||SANCA Lowveld||Social Worker or equivalent|
|Northern Cape (South Ridge, Kimberly)||Business Against Crime Northern Cape||Social Development Coordinator|
|Western Cape (Woodstock, Cape Town)||Ikamva Labantu||General Medical Practitioner|
|Eastern Cape (Cambridge, East London)||East London Child and Youth Care Centre||Remedial Educator or equivalent|
|North West (Krokodilsdrift East, Brits)||Opkyk Pathways Therapy and Education Centre||Educator or equivalent|
|Limpopo (Vaalwater, Limpopo)||Waterberg Welfare Society||Fundraiser|
|Gauteng (Bronkhorstspruit)||Sizanani Children’s Home||Occupational Therapist|
|Gauteng (Sandton)||SPCA Sandton||Fundraiser|
The 10 winning volunteers will be selected through a carefully adjudicated process. Each of the 10 charitable host organizations will receive an amount of R240 000. This amount will be applied towards a monthly living allowance for the volunteer, with the balance being used for costs related to the volunteer placement programme. This ensures that the host organization is not financially worse-off due to the placement. For the successful volunteers, in addition to the monthly allowance, each will receive a laptop, cellphone and pre-paid credit to be used towards sharing their experiences with friends and family and thereby inspire others to make a difference.
South African citizens over the age of 18 are invited to submit an online application form to http://changetheworld.vodacom.co.za/  by the 8th of December 2010. Once selected, the successful applicants will be placed within the charities that match their interests, skills and experience and will begin to change their world from the 4th of April 2011.
The campaign is aligned to a worldwide Vodafone initiative, called World of Difference. The Vodacom Change the World programme, is delivered by the Vodacom Foundation, a division of Vodacom (Pty) Ltd in association with Avusa Media.
According to Mondli Makhanya, Editor-in-Chief of Avusa Media, "It has been demonstrated through initiatives such as Mandela Day that South Africans are extremely willing to give of themselves and that they want to do more than merely putting money in the offering box. As Avusa Media we believe that the Change the World programme will harness that energy and allow South Africans to share their skills with the less fortunate citizens for the good of the Republic".
For more information about the programme please visit http://changetheworld.vodacom.co.za/  or SMS ‘change' to 31118.