Imagine a world where children count, where their voices are heard and their needs are met. Where love knows no bounds, where colour, religion or past circumstances do not hinder or hold them back, but instead build on tomorrow. Imagine filling hearts and lives with love and hope where there was once brokenness and turmoil.
On the 9th October 2012 Assist celebrated its third birthday with each day being a blessing and a joy as we see lives transformed forever and as new hope is given to those who had given up on themselves and their situations.
Our Short History.
On the 9th of October 2009, Pietermaritzburg Pregnancy Assist (PPA) first started as a pro-life pregnancy counselling and assistance programme. During 2009 there were many baby dumpings in and around the city. This tore our hearts to pieces as one cannot even begin to imagine the pain and suffering a New Born baby endures the last moments of its life. Many babies are found already dead at the New England Road rubbish dump while some lifeless bodies are retrieved at the water works as they are drowned and their bodies disposed in the sewerage system. Some babies are left in fields and die from the heat and dehydration whilst others are eaten by dogs. This is happening in our city – some times as many as 3-5 in a week and yet many of us are not even aware of these horrors.
Seeing the need, and feeling God's call on our life, we resigned from our full time jobs to run the project. This huge step of faith was our commitment and contribution to changing the world. We are both young and we have no means – all we do have is our lives and so we decided to give what we have. And so we have given ourselves to play our part in making this town a better place. After all…. You can't change the world, but you can change the town you live in…. and this became the motto on which we began to build everything.
This massacre of innocent human life resulted in the Baby Safe Initiative which started in October 2010. Within a few days we had received our first plea for help from a mother in need. By December 2010 we had already had 6 children in our care.
In April 2011 we rebranded the organisation to accommodate the growing need that we were exposed to on a daily basis in the community. Now running as Assist – Change in Action, we have different divisions each developed to accommodate a need. The divisions are as follows: ActionAssist, AdoptionsAssist, HIVAssist, PregnancyAssist, Baby Safe and Thandi House.
We have great plans for the future and the best part of being young is that we have our whole lives ahead of us to reach those dreams and goals. We will continue to do our best to grow and to serve God and the community of Pietermaritzburg to ensure that as many lives are touched and changed for the better. But without the amazing support from the community – none of this would have happened, and for that we truly thank you.
ASSIST is a 'children focused' faith based organisation that works with children through various means such as our Place of Safety and Foster Home, a Women’s Shelter with a focus on fixing the mothers' lives so that their children will have a better future, a Teen Mother programme that allows teen mothers to finish school. ASSIST is making holistic change in the areas of poverty, HIV / AIDS, Child Abuse, Child Abandonment, Infant Mortality, Orphans, Abortion, Young Women, Education and Women Abused.
We are a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. We do not receive funding or support from the government or other forms of SA funding and in order for us to continue this work and change lives we rely on the kindness of others.
We are fully transparent and are open as to how and where donations are used.
Banking Details for Local and International Donors
- Name of account: Pmb Assist
- Bank: First National bank
- Type: Current
- Account Number: 62283038860
- Branch: 250655
- Swift code: FIRNZAJJ
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