‘Save COPESSA Campaign’ -  01 March 2019 – 30 June 2019




COPESSA, a multi-award-winning child abuse and neglect prevention organisation, is teetering on a brink of closure if it does not get the necessary financial resources to continue its mission.  We are in this position because one of our main sponsors pulled out without much notice largely due to the mis-alignment of our mission and their core business, which resulted in our disqualification as a BBBEE partner.  Closure of this community asset will not only go against the call of GBV prioritisation made by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address, but will also increase distress of many of Soweto children and families, who are the current beneficiaries of and partners in this programme.


Goal:  Make COPESSA to be sustainable



  1. Raise R3M by 30 June 2019
  2. Mobilise community support
    1. Form at least six partnerships by June 30
      1.  At least with 2 youth groups
      2. At least 2 with general community groups
      3. At least one partnership with local businesses
      4. At least one partnership with the religious groups
    2. Find at least 2 similar CBOs to partner with
    3. Formerly partner with at least two companies/institutions that will help us to sharpen, develop & implement our various projects that include income-generating project


  1. Re-imagine ourselves and re-configure  our offer to the community
    1. Explore training with other training institutions – we have a lot to share with SA and beyond.  Besides our innovation, we have about 40 years of collective professional experience in the prevention of Gender-based violence and at 100 year collective experience in community development



  • COPESSA is the only holistic Violence against Children (VAC) prevention centre in Protea Glen since 2004, which not only addresses the root causes of VAC, but also promotes healing when abuse has occurred.
  • We service at least 14 000 households - see map below.  We have a community foot-print that keeps enlarging as new extensions are being added. THUS, THERE WILL BE NO NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION IN PG THAT ADDRESSES VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN AND THE ASSOCIATED SOCIAL ILLS
  • We offer all our services to the community at no cost as most members are indigent.   Consequently, we have to continuously fundraise for all our operations.  We are however, working hard and closely with business people and institutions to craft solutions that will make us sustainable.  We therefore ask that you consider not only giving of your money but your time and skills for us to continue to innovate.
  • Some of our achievements are:
    • COPESSA is and have assets:
      • Have a paid-up building
      • Clean financial audit track-record of 14 years
      • About 40 years of collective professional experience in the prevention of Gender-based violence and at 100 years collective experience in community development
      • Achievements
        • Multi-award-winning programmes
        • See our weekly Change stories from beneficiaries that will be posted on our various platforms
    • COPESSA is innovative:
      • We have independently developed an organic holistic ecological model that is aligned with the World Health Organisation (WHO) INSPIRE[1] Strategies for ending VAC.
      • Future innovations include:
        • #Project Rebacha – we are the youth – a youth GBV prevention intervention that is linked to high-adrenaline sport, ICT, and community mobilisation.
        •  #Project Rebana – we are children – a garden project for after-school care programme for children.
        • Training on and sharing of our model.


  • We co-built the two parks in Extension 11 from what were illegal dumpsites. These boast of play-equipment for children, after-school Care facilities and a mini-library, outdoor gym, life-skills training centre, converted containers for Crafts and Sewing for unemployed women from the community.  These programmes have not only helped the involved beneficiaries to learn skills but has also helped to improve the Social Capital that is necessary for safe communities.
  • We established award-winning community gardens at Pfaranani Primary School, Joe Gqabi Centre and for the Waterworks Informal Settlement.
  • Our social workers and psychologists have given multiple sessions of counselling to at least 8000 gender-based violence victims, since our inception.  For more on our work, please visit our website


How do we plan to save COPESSA?

To save COPESSA we have embarked on a four-months intensive fundraising Campaign, which includes the golf day.  Only with your assistance will the following activities help to put us on a sustainable growth path:

  • Grant application – joint applications preferably
    • Calls for proposal from LOTTO out
  • Crowdfunding – for # Project Rebacha
  • Golf Day – 28 March
  • Lottery – sell Raffle tickets
  • Gala Dinner
  • Increase awareness  & publicity about COPESSA – Print media; Social Media, Electronic Media, Website, Linkedin
  • Engage our patrons to help us profile our organisation
  • Brick Project – either resuscitate brick project or hire out plant


You may have other ideas you may wish to share with us.  Our email addresses are: or



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Here is an opportunity to change the odds stacked so high against many of South Africa’s children and youth.  It is not enough to bemoan the hardships they face.  You have the power to do something and we thank you in advance.


 Our Bank details are:      Name of account:  COPESSA

                                             Bank:                       Nedbank

                                             Account type:         Current Account

                                             Account number:  1284039501

                                             Universal code:      198765

                                             Swift code:              NEDSZAJJ

Please use your name or company name as a reference.



[1] INSPIRE stands for: Implementation and Enforcement of Laws; Norms and values; Safe Environments; Parent and caregiver support; Income and economic strengthening; Response and support services; Education and life skills

Financial Sponsors