Help Auntie Carol build Ma Se Backpackers
Organized by: Ray Chen
Ray Chen via Crowdrise
August 03, 2015
EVENT DATE Aug 03, 2015
Help us raise $1000 for Auntie Carol to build a backpackers that uplifts the community!
Three years ago, Auntie Carol saw an opportunity for her community. Observing an influx of volunteers working at local community organizations AND a need to employ single mothers, Auntie Carol started building a backpackers for volunteers looking to stay near the greater Lavender Hill area. Every month, she puts a part of the small monthly stipend she earns into building the backpackers--one month it is to get bricks, the other month to pay workers to lay the bricks. Step by step, she is believing by faith from God and slowly seeing her dream become reality.
She hopes this backpackers will allow outside volunteers to gain a more holistic understanding of the circumstances of those the community they are working with and also change the perception that many have of Lavender Hill as an undesirable place. In January 2015, she was named as a South African changemaker by Spark* SA in a national competition of over 150 applicants for her vision to create this backpackers. Her monthly stipend will not be enough to open her backpackers for a long while. Help her reach her goals faster so that she can uplift the community!
Please find more information at the backpacker's Facebook Page.
Auntie Carol has always been a woman of vision. In 2007, she noticed that children in her community were not getting enough to eat, so she decided to take action. With only a gas stove passed on to her from her mother and donations from a local church congregation, Auntie Carol started serving hot meals to children in her neighborhood. As more and more children came, she realized that there is a great need for children to have a safe place to be after school, especially with gang violence surrounding the area. The soup kitchen turned into Mothers Unite, a community organization that serves over 100 children daily, still providing hot meals and also afterschool programs that promote positive development, high self-esteem, and literacy.
To me and the many others who have worked with her, she represents how ordinary people have the power to do extraordinary things if they put their heart and mind to it. As a single mother of three girls, Auntie Carol has a background similar to many of the others in her community. However, she is set apart by her drive to uplift the community and see her neighborhood change for the better. Support Auntie Carol on her mission to transform the greater Lavender Hill area!