Hamburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa* COVID tapestry by Veronica Betani from the Keiskamma Trust’s Art Project
Our Goal: Raise $20,000
Since its inception in 2010, Keiskamma Canada has been partnering with the Keiskamma Trust in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The Trust was set up in 2000 as a non-profit to counter the devastation caused by HIV/AIDS. Based in Hamburg, the Trust serves multiple villages and an estimated population of 200,000 South Africans.
This community is remarkably resilient. They’re survivors- dealing with the devastation of poverty, HIV/AIDS, high rates of tuberculosis, and high unemployment, they now face COVID-19.
The donors of Keiskamma Canada have made a huge difference in their support of the Trust’s Art Project, Music Academy, and Education and Health Programs.
Because of COVID-19, Keiskamma Canada has been unable to hold any fundraising events, including product sales, our annual gala, live auction, or access government funding via Alberta’s Community Initiatives Program.
Ongoing support for what the Keiskamma Trust has achieved is vital given the current realities of the pandemic in the Eastern Cape.
THERE ARE THREE WAYS you can help this very special South African Community stay on its feet and continue to move forward:
We’d love to increase our monthly donors! You can sign up at any time for a one-time or monthly donation directly below through Canada Helps.
If you’re tight on funds, as many of us are due to COVID, we’d really appreciate plenty of $5 and $10 donations.
All donations over $10 received during October and November will be included in a draw for a beautiful hand-embroidered bag created by the Keiskamma Trust’s Art Project.
If preferred, donations by cheque may be made out and mailed to the Keiskamma Canada Foundation:
PO Box 34109, 126 Kingsway Mall
Edmonton, AB, Canada
PARTICIPATE in our ONLINE AUCTION
Keiskamma Canada and the Keiskamma Trust are Stronger Together- we have an extraordinary selection of unique items created by local Albertan artisans for you to bid on, many paired with products created by the artists at the Keiskamma Art Project.
In order to bid, you must first REGISTER on the 32 Auctions site.
REGISTRATION begins on October 2, 2020
Bidding on items BEGINS October 23 at 9 am and ENDS October 30 at 9 pm
The auction website will automatically notify winning bidders; payment occurs directly on the site; and each item contains local pick up/shipping information
Head over to the site and check it out. Most importantly, REGISTER so you get in on the action.
Auction FAQs are answered here.
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COVID-19 is a huge challenge. If these actions on behalf of the Keiskamma Trust and the Hamburg community resonate with you, please share this information with your family, your friends, and your community.
We’ll have more information to share with you from now until the end of October. That includes an entertaining video on YouTube featuring the Music Academy. Stay tuned to our website and social media for more information.