MySCHOOL21 – how you can help a special charity this week


You may not always be in a position to help the charity that is closest to your heart – but for the rest of this week, you have an opportunity to put your local heroes in the spotlight and give them a chance to win R100 000, towards the continuation of their impactful work within your community.

In celebration of their 21st birthday, MySchool MyVillage My Planet, has set aside R2.1 million to give away to 21 deserving causes. Through this MySchool21 campaign, they are asking you and I to nominate any beneficiary that is making a difference in our communities or across South Africa.



My visit to the Abraham Kriel childcare centre helped me to see the value

This weekend, I visited the Abraham Kriel Childcare Centre, which is one of the beneficiaries of this phenomenal programme.

During the visit, I got to see and understand the real value and impact that this kind of assistance has. The Abraham Kriel centres operate in Johannesburg and provide various programmes that bring hope and opportunities to our youth, through the provision of protection, care, therapeutic and developmental programmes to some of the most vulnerable children.

The centre that I visited, provides safe residential facilities for 50 children who come here, sometimes as early as birth, through the court system. In almost all the cases, it’s because the children have been abused, traumatised, molested or neglected in their homes. To say I left my heart there, would be an understatement. I have not stopped thinking about those children, who despite having so little, are happy and hopeful – something I credit all the caregivers for.




The centre has done everything to put a positive spin to their very unfortunate circumstances and give the children dignified living conditions. They may be separated from their families, but they have a comfortable place to call ‘home’. The facility is clean and filled with passionate staff members. These innocent children are literally given a second chance, through the daily care and the educational development centre that is onsite.


Without proper financial support, all of this would not be possible. I dread to think of where they would be.

Where would they sleep?

Where would they eat?

Who would protect them?

Who would educate them?

Who would ensure that they get a childhood that’s as close to ‘normal’ as possible?


This home and so many others are desperate for consistent assistance to keep doing great work.




How can you help?

If you have a cause that’s close to your heart, please nominate them before 28 February 2019 and they could be one of 21 causes chosen by the MySchool21 programme, to get a share of the 2,1 Million Rand. In May, 21 winning beneficiary organisations will be chosen from the list of nominations to each receive R100 000, and the supporters who nominated them will each receive a R1 000 Woolies Giftcard.

The 21 Years of Giving Back campaign is open to MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporters throughout the country. If you are not yet a cardholder, you can sign up for free at or download the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet App.

Nominate the cause that matters to you, and be part of the active citizenship our country needs. Nominations can be done here.

Over the last 21 years, MySchool MyVillage My Planet has raised more than R500 million for South African schools, charities, animal and environmental causes, thanks to supporters like you and I, who swipe our cards at participating retailers.

Please help me to spread the love and this good deed, by sharing this article.


Modern Zulu Mom

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  1. This is such an exciting project Thando. I am so glad there are initiatives like this that try and close the disparities in our education system, especially at ground level. We need to set our kids up for success, not failure.

    1. Thank you Karabo. It was an honour for me to be part of this initiative that will see lives changing. You are spot-on, we need to do everything in our power to set them up for success. I appreicate the support.

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