The difficulties facing refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are far greater for women. They often have no access to the economy and receive little or no help from the authorities and law enforcement when it comes to domestic abuse. Their plight has been highlighted during Women's Month.
Since 1994, South Africa has made strides in improving maternal and child healthcare. The Department of Health's latest innovation, text message information service MomConnect, now puts pregnancy information at women's fingertips, on their mobile phones.
From Australia to Afghanistan, Cambodia, Pakistan and now South Africa – Skateistan is using skateboards to offer a future to at-risk youth, particularly young girls. Skating is the hook used to get to grips with complex social issues facing the youth, such as social inequality, youth unemployment, gender discrimination and poverty.
Veterinary services, as well as basic pet care and grooming, are offered through the Mdzananda Animal Welfare Clinic in the Cape Town township. Animals are known to brings smiles to faces and love to the ill and lonely. Improving their lives, improves the lives of their owners.
Children with life-threatening illnesses are helped to fulfil their greatest wishes through Reach for a Dream. And remarkably, it frequently gives them great strength to beat their diseases. The foundation is playing its part in building a better future – because imagine what you can achieve as an adult if you have beat illness as a child.
At Rena Le Lona in Soweto, children affected by Aids and other challenges are helped to heal from their traumas and grow into well-rounded citizens. All forms of arts are used, and the children are able to explore a range of spiritual and religious practices to find peace.