Project Description

The Little Brinks Foundation

Mission

The Little Brinks Foundation’s mission is to make sure that every baby and every child has a safe place to live, have food to eat and clothes to wear. The foundation is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of babies and children who cannot speak for themselves and are so often not heard.

Headquarters

Headquarters are located in Cape Town, South Africa

Operating region

Little Brinks operates in The Cape Province, South Africa

Supported causes

Little Brinks affects positive change in the lives of babies and children in need by teaming up with organisations and schools that need help with the following:

  • Helping families that have babies and children in and are dealing with crisis
  • Helping children to receive food so that they can focus on their education
  • Assisting charitable organisations that arrange events that collect money in aid of assisting babies and children in need
  • Fundraising events that raise funds for events that enhance the lives of babies and children in need

Grants/award programs

Like any other charitable organisation Little Brinks relies on funding. Some of the funding programs the organisation applies to raise funds and assist are:

  • Teas or lunches hosted in aid of Little Brinks
  • Child “adoptions” whereby a level responsibility is taken for a child placed in a safe house. The responsible person or company would supply items like school supplies, birthday gifts etc. for the child throughout the year.
  • Monthly debit orders set up depositing a set amount as contribution

Funded Organizations/Projects

Since 2008 Little Brinks has undertaken several successful projects including:

  • The Little Brinks annual Christmas party
  • The Buren High School lunch project
  • A foster care program
  • A family help program
  • A safe house for children

The Little Brinks annual Christmas party was the organisation’s first project. The first Christmas party held provided gifts and food parcels for 50 children. After several years of success it grew into 250 children receiving items every year.

The Buren High School lunch project started when a group of concerned teachers at Buren High School noticed that several learners were coming to school hungry and were struggling to concentrate because of this. The school approached Little Brinks who agreed to help and together they opened the Little Brinks Kitchen at the school. On the very first day 60 children came for food. The next day there were 80 and soon the kitchen was feeding as many as 150 learners every day.

Foundation’s History

Little Brinks was founded in 2008 by Katherine Brink. She was inspired to start the organisation after a visit to the Elsies River Department of Social Services with her husband Danny Brinks, when they went to meet their daughter’s biological parents. They were struck by the plight of the many destitute people who came into the offices desperate for help, and realised that there were thousands of children who don’t have enough food, or are hurt or neglected – and decided to do something about it. The organisation’s first project was launching the annual Little Banks Christmas party.