How To Help

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"When I launched the How 2 Help initiative in November 2003, my idea was simple: to compile a series of regional easy-to-use guides, which tell the stories and highlight the needs of a few wonderful, easily-accessible development projects. The aim was to make it easier for individuals to identify 'worthwhile causes' that they feel passionate about and to build personal, enduring relationships with those projects, rather than adopting a 'cheque-book' distance."

"In reality, by making a small but meaningful contribution towards social upliftment, we learn so much more than we teach and we receive so much more than we give. It is a truly enriching experience."

How 2 Help founder
Tracey Chiappini-Young

How to Help

empowering individuals to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged communities

How 2 Help: Guides to Worthwhile Causes explore some of the wonderful voluntary organisations and projects in the Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban regions, highlighting their needs and how you can get involved.

The purpose of How 2 Help (h2h) is to contribute to the sustainability and growth of voluntary projects that improve the lives, opportunities and environment of people living in disadvantaged circumstances. By providing a practical resource for individuals who want to be involved in community and personal transformation, the books aim to connect new resources, funding, skills and time to where these are most needed.

The h2h guides focus on smaller, more organic initiatives, in order to raise the profile of the hundreds of exciting grassroots development projects that are being driven by inspirational people and achieving brilliant things, but which are often virtually unknown beyond their immediate community. In this way the books enable the net to be thrown a little wider and help to make it easier for really worthwhile and deserving causes to gain access to sustainable support.

the books

Each guide is at once practical and inspiring, and contains:

  • the amazing stories behind between forty and fifty worthwhile and sustainable local projects, each personally visited by the author or another researcher.
  • contact details and a list of ways to help for each initiative.
  • a grid to help you work out which projects fit your interests.
  • a table that enables you to match what you can give, to the projects that would benefit.

new edition now available

The new Cape Town edition is hot off the press and includes 46 initiatives, covering a wide geographical area extending from Masiphumelele through the Cape Flats to Paarl. They include children's homes in Khayelitsha, a homeless shelter in Langa, urban micro-farming in Philippi, after-school provision in Heideveld, a place of safety for small children in Hout Bay, job placement schemes, literacy classes for young pupils in Masiphumelele, support services for abused women in Gugulethu, and a brass band of over 70 children in Hanover Park.

get involved

In a nutshell, the h2h guides are trying to make it easier for people who do not have the know-how or time to identify worthwhile causes themselves, to get involved and make a difference. As such, these books will be of interest to anyone who wants to contribute to the development and wellbeing of underprivileged communities in South Africa, and who would like to find out more about what they can do to help meet the diverse needs and challenges.

All h2h profits from the sale of these books go to projects featured in the book.

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