About Us

Background and aim of our organisation
SAVE volunteering was established in 2006 by Carla Ferreira, who was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Many local communities, pre-schools and schools are unable to provide effective programs due to lack of funding, resources and skill levels. With the assistance of volunteers, these shortcomings were addressed and SAVE slowly grew into a large organisation that now provides assistance to several communities in 5 countries across Africa. We now also offer several wildlife conservation projects including pre-vet, white shark and wild cats. Our flagship projects in Cape Town have grown exponentially and we now run 10 highly successful projects where these challenges are being addressed on a daily basis.

Our vision statement
To provide local communities with education, youth development, sports development and skills that will enable them to help themselves rise above the vicious circle of poverty. To bridge the gap between rich and poor by providing local NGO’s with the tools, information and knowledge needed to provide a better level of education to their beneficiaries. To bring new skills to an industry that otherwise would not have access with the assistance of volunteers. To provide conscientious and responsible conservation with the assistance of volunteers.

International and local volunteers provide a vital role in our projects, without them we cannot exist. SAVE is a non-profit organization; the only funding that we receive for the projects comes from the volunteers or sponsors. All funding received is used on day to day programs for material, meals etc. The project also benefits largely from the physical help that the volunteers give, without the volunteers helping in the classrooms, painting buildings or helping in the after care, we would not be able to run these projects.

Through the help of international volunteers in the past two years we have:

  • Grown from a single community based organisation to an international level
  • Built and started 3 preschools for 60 children a year
  • Started several vegetable gardens
  • Started a computer school with computers donated from volunteers
  • Taught over 300 children how to swim and over 80 how to surf
  • Had 8 surf children obtain top 3 positions in local and provincial trials
  • Taught computer skills to over 1200 children at an underprivileged school
  • Started construction on a brick school for disabled children
  • Provided training, entrepreneurships and skills development to adults
  • Cared for over 903 animals including, 133 primates, 129 cheetah and 79 African Wild Dog

Our Objectives
We aim to operate sustainable community projects that develop the local community. Our goal is to achieve this through:

  • Supporting education and training (computer literacy, swimming, dance, sport, etc.)
  • Renovations and building projects that uplift the community
  • School and classroom assistance
  • Assisting other non-­profit organisations (NPOs) on projects
  • Assisting conservation projects in the preservation of wildlife

Our Partners
We support only sustainable and ethical conservation projects. We are currently affiliated to the following NPOs in Cape Town:

  • ACVV – a child protection agency and day care centre for children
  • Cheshire Homes –  a home for disabled children and adults
  • Elundini Educare Centre – a care centre for disabled children
  • TLC – welfare organisation offering youth preventative program

Our Achievements
With the help of volunteers in the past two years we have:

  • Built and started six pre-schools for 250 children a year
  • Started four vegetable gardens
  • Started a computer school with computers donated from volunteers
  • Taught 200 children to swim and 60 children to surf
  • Taught computer literacy to 600 children
  • Run many uplifting events such as Christmas parties, Easter egg hunts, cooking competitions and youth days as well as hosted our annual surfing competition and beach fun day
  • Assisted in school classrooms and crèches

The projects have featured in various media and SAVE won the Dischem/Lead SA volunteer program of the year competition in 2012.

Funding of projects
The only funding we receive for projects comes from volunteers and sponsors. The funds that are raised get used in day-­to-­day operations on equipment, food, transport and other unavoidable costs.

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