The Outreach Social Care Project (OSCAR) is a grass-root non-profit organization, which supports disadvantaged and underprivileged communities
The Outreach Social Care Project- OSCAR runs a project designed to give international volunteers the opportunity to come to South Africa and serve in local projects, working with underprivileged and disadvantaged children, young people, families and their communities. Interacting with South Africa’s wide variety of people, culture and natural beauty enables volunteers to learn an incredible amount in a short space of time that touches them forever.
Volunteers are critical to the quality of life and effective functioning of our project and community. We are tremendously proud of the contribution volunteers make and acknowledge the time and energy they spend on our project and community said: Rosemary Madlala- Project Manager of OSCAR Project.
Another aspect of communal living is the sharing of household cleaning and cooking duties. Cleaning rosters are in place at the communal and volunteers are expected to do their share. Shopping and cooking is also shared tasks. The food is very similar to what you would find in your own country.
For those who wish to attend church, there are a number of local churches around. Other volunteers and local staff will be happy to show you different churches so that you can find the one that suits you. If you would like to, there is also the opportunity to attend Zulu churches.
For those of you worried about your important documents and valuables (traveler’s checks, passport, cameras, etc) you are able to lock them up in the safe at head office if you would like. However it is also possible to keep them locked up in your bedroom for those of you less worried about the 'unspeakable crime rates in South Africa'.
Throughout your stay at your placement in Pietermaritzburg, you will have the support and guidance of our project staffs. They are part of our greater support team, and will provide you with competent 24-hour field support and assistance.
Upon arrival at our project base in Pietermaritzburg all volunteers are involved in a comprehensive orientation programme, which is included in your fee. This is facilitated by your project manager and includes:
• An introduction to the City of Choice- Pietermaritzburg and the surrounding and the communities you will be working in • An introduction to all of our projects. Not only will you see where you will be working, you will also see where your fellow volunteers will be spending their days
Project Fee Includes:
OSCAR volunteers are charged US$450 per month plus a once off administration fee of US$50. This cost covers food, accommodation, living expenses such as electricity, linen, equipment, internet costs, etc…., as well as recreational trips, maintenance and the administrative costs of the programme. More details are available on request.
Project Fee Excludes:
Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement which must include cover for repatriation. All transport by air or bus to King Shaka International Airport (Durban), OSCAR Project will arrange airport pick up and drop off. All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other). Telephone calls. Soft drinks, wines and spirits. All visa for borders crossings
SKILLS: Volunteers can provide a range of skills and resources that would otherwise not be affordable to OSCAR Project. Aside from contributing much-needed extra manpower, volunteers can offer specific skills: Marketing, business, media, legal, technical, teaching, fundraising, childminding, arts, drama, music, counselling, healthcare, agricultural and so on.
Financial Assistance: Money is required to fund: Staff wages; volunteer’s stipends; running costs; transport; building projects; training programmes; equipment needs; feeding schemes; medicines; food parcels; school requirements (fees, uniforms and stationery).
Items: Most items that are still in working order can be put to good use by OSCAR Project. The most useful items include: cars, office equipment (desks, chairs, filling cabinets, computers, printers etc), household equipment (fridges, stoves, kettles, heaters, washing machines, tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery, beds, cots, floor mats, linen, pillows, blankets, towels), food (non-perishable and perishable), babies formula, disposable nappies, medical supplies, clothing, shoes, books, stationery, children’s games, toys, jungle gyms, sports equipment, gardening equipment, seeds, sewing machines, fabric, art and craft materials, musical instruments, cleaning materials and toiletries.
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This way, you can act as our special Goodwill Ambassador’s and spread the word about the work we do together to your friends, colleagues, students, family members, next door neighbors, and your network.
The Outreach Social Care Project is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council-ECOSOC (United Nations Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) Branch Headquarters, New York) since 2013 “Consultative status is an accreditation framework that benefits both the United Nations and the Outreach Social Care Project- OSCAR.” and works in close cooperation with several UN agencies.
The Outreach Social Care Project has been granted accreditation as an Observer to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the United Nations Environment, a programme by the General Assembly Resolution 67/251 of 13th March 2013.
The Outreach Social Care Project has been granted a membership as an active partner to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private initiative led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improves livelihoods, empower women and preserve the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean cook solutions.
The Outreach Social Care Project has been granted accreditation as a signatory and member of the United Nations Global Compact and fully embraces its policies and principles. The United Nations Global Compact is a public-private strategic policy initiative for businesses committed to aligning operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principals in the area of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
The Outreach Social Care Project has been granted a membership to the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) which works to support the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security, a partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom governments, focuses on opening agricultural and nutrition data.
The Outreach Social Care Project has been granted a membership to the CIVICUS, a civil society which it is about amplifying the voices of the marginalized, tackling the causes of discrimination, and promoting equal rights and access to services, as many millions of people exclusion remains a painful, everyday reality.
The Outreach Social Care Project is tackling South Africa’s overwhelming development challenges. The Outreach Social Care Project helps children, girls, youth, women and adults say: “Yes, We Can”, when all else seems impossible. They empower them to unlock their potential to achieve their greatest dreams.
The Outreach Social Care Project is genuinely concerned and committed to ensuring that our communities have sustainable and healthy livelihoods while recognizing the importance of environmental and conservation and the role it plays in our lives.
The Outreach Social Care Project (OSCAR) is a grass-root non-profit organization, which supports disadvantaged and underprivileged communities in Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa and Lubumbashi of Katanga province in Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Outreach Social Care Project is committed to empower the disadvantaged communities to take control of their life so that they can reach their full potential, empowering them to take responsibility for making informed decisions towards a sustainable future.