As many of you will know, there have been changes within the structure of Paballo Ya Batho. The organisation is no longer run by the Central Methodist Mission due to financial constraints. Discussions had been going on since July about this change. In early August, a group of volunteers have rallied together and have now registered a section 21 not for profit company called Paballo Ya Batho. Paballo is now an independent charity and not linked to a religious organisation directly.
We couldn’t see Paballo, with a 25 year long history, closing down and there not being an organisation providing for the homeless people that we have helped, advocated for and provided food and support to, for so long!
A new board consisting of volunteers has been voted in, and they, together with you are looking to re-ignite Paballo! Our initial aim is to continue with business as usual. This means that the normal support group, giving of bread and the Wednesday night outreach programme continues as per normal. So far, so good. In the long term, we want to offer more services – such as helping people obtain ID Books, up skilling them with computer or business skills and helping them to obtain jobs.
The board has set out a new constitution and our website will soon reflect this new constitution.
Paballo is currently waiting for our NPO number with the Department of Social Development. We are also in the process of applying for our Tax exemption certificate from SARS, which means that companies can get tax deductions for donations as well as claim BEE points.
We do have a bank account where people can donate any amount of money – from R50 to as much as you can think of! 🙂 Please see our donation page for these details. Every little bit helps us to continue for another week. This bank account is being managed by the new board members. We will continue to keep you updated as we go along this process.
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