Matt’s Foundation: Love the Children

Kevin Heath said that no act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.

With its slogan, Love the Children, Matt’s Foundation assists in making a difference in the lives of many underprivileged children in the Vaal Triangle. This non-profit organization provides children with basic needs like food, clothes, toiletries, special education and medical needs. The foundation is built on the concept of giving circles, as well as donations, events and grants. Individuals or companies can pool funds or resources to increase the giving impact.

The foundation ran a blanket drive for this winter, providing 7 children’s homes and charities as well as 6 schools in the Vaal Triangle with blankets for underprivileged children.

With the year heading to its end, Matt’s Foundation has also launched an Angel Project. This project was initiated with the aim on Mandela Month, where the children in the homes supported by Matt’s Foundation created beautiful Christmas tree decorations in the shape of angels. These angels are for sale at MV Communications at R50.00 an angel and the funds generated from this project will go towards Christmas gifts for the underprivileged children of the Vaal community. The project is very similar to the well known “shoebox campaign” where a box is filled with gifts for each child. The gifts could range from clothes to toys and snacks.

Matt’s Foundation relies on the community to assist them in caring for the children. Volunteers can assist in the organizing of donated goods at their offices, fundraising initiatives and events, sourcing donations, distribution of food and clothing, medical assistance and services like child and speech therapy. Volunteers are also welcome to sponsor a child for nursery school fees, extra mural activities, therapy, outings, school uniforms or stationery.

Research shows that there is a strong link between poverty and unemployment in the Vaal Triangle and there has been an increase in employment in the ‘informal’ sector with a very low take-home pay. The According to the Sedibeng Municipality, 42.1% of the population in the region is employed. Therefore, 57.9% of the Vaal Triangle is unemployed, which results in many households not having the basic needs. Children become orphaned in the process and Matt’s Foundation has therefore taken it upon them to love the children and provide for them.

Herbert Hoover said: “Children are our most valuable natural resource.” Matt’s Foundation invests in these children, who are the future of the community.

First name: Matt’s
Last name: Foundation
Email address: helpus@mattsfoundation.co.za
Telephone: 016 455 6100