Win hearts, not gold, says NGO

(Cape Town) During August all eyes will be on the Olympics. If watching the Games makes you wish you could push your will and your body like the athletes going for gold, Home From Home’s Challenge Month is just the motivation you need.
Diverse group of children outside.

GOOD NEWS: You can register your challenge on Home From Home’s website, then use that to raise funds for Home From Home children. Image Source:



Home From Home, a non-profit organization providing small family homes for vulnerable children, has named August “Challenge Month”, encouraging non-Olympians to push themselves out of their comfort zone for 30 days.

In 2011 August Challenge Month started with the simple challenge from Home From Home and YogaWay studio: practice yoga every day for a month. In the five years following R300 000 was raised during August Challenge Month for Home from Home.

Now the initiative has expanded to include wider participation for supporters who wish to set themselves a challenge in recognition of the challenges children at Home From Home face on a daily basis, whether the intention is giving something up (and donating the money they would have spent), or getting sponsored to do something new.

Home From Home provides supported and supervised community-based foster care for orphaned, abused and neglected children through a network of small, family homes in disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape. The founders of Home From Home believe that living in a small family unit with a dedicated foster mother or parents and no more than six children, is the next best place for children who can’t be cared for by their own biological families.

The children grow up in their home communities and culture, where their home language is spoken. They have a foster family to support and care for them, in the hope that one day they will either be reunited with their biological families, or failing that, that Home From Home has provided them with the necessary grounding to build happy, successful lives.

Home From Home founding trustee, Pippa Shaper says, ‘It’s easy to get involved and challenge yourself at the same time. Simply register your challenge on our website, then use this to raise funds for Home From Home children. This might be asking family and friends to sponsor a challenge; donating what you would have spent on your “vice” during the month of August; or having a look at Home From Home’s “shopping list” and committing to donating items listed.’ Challengers can even build in a penalty clause, committing to an additional donation for Home From Home should they default on their commitment.


For further details on Home From Home’s Challenges for Children, please visit our website, like our Facebook page, email or contact our offices on 021 761 1581.