The Warehouse

This is the Earley Outreach Fund Proposal for the Warehouse Trust. Download the Earley Outreach Proposal for the Warehouse, Cape Town, South Africa in PDF format.

The Criteria for dispersing funds from the Earley Outreach Fund

These criteria are from the application toolkit for the Earley Outreach Fund.

A Set of Common Values

At an all parish meeting, the Redeemer community established the following values to guide the allocation of outreach fund resources.

  • Live out our Baptismal Covenant
  • Actively engage the time and talents of Redeemer members, and inspire others
  • Meet the needs of our local community, while remaining open to regional and global needs
  • Bold gifts freely given and wisely used
  • Strive to replenish the outreach fund over time

Criteria for Review of Outreach Proposals

Based on these values, the Vestry has developed three primary criteria for the review and approval of outreach proposals.

  • Builds the Kingdom of God. We believe a proposal builds up the Kingdom of God if it proclaims the Good News of God in Christ, and following Christ’s example, strives for justice and peace among all people, respecting the dignity of every human being. Actions that build the Kingdom of God set people free from conditions that limit their ability to grow in love of God.
  • Engages the Redeemer Community. We believe outreach is not an addendum to our life as a community of faith, but rather at its core. Therefore, although it may not always be feasible, we strongly favor outreach proposals that actively engage the time and talents of Redeemer parish members.
  • Maximizes Opportunity for Success. We believe that we are called to be careful stewards of the resources we direct to outreach activities. We look for proposals that are practical and realistic, and can be carried out successfully with the resources requested and other resources available. Partnerships are often a sign of strong proposals, as are experience and expertise relative to the project envisioned.

Outreach Proposal

Date

31 July 2015

Individual(s) or Organization Applying

The Warehouse Trust

Primary Proposal Contact Information

Name Craig Stewart
Address 12 Plantation Rd, Wetton, 7780, Cape Town, South Africa
Phone +27 21 7611168 (office), +27 83 561 7160 (cell)
Email craig@warehouse.org.za/

Description of the project for which funding is requested:

The City of Cape Town in South Africa is one of the most economically unequal cities in the world. One consequence of this is that over half a million people live in sprawling informal settlements some of which have been in existence for decades. Amongst the many ways in which injustice is most visible in these communities is the lack of adequate and secure sanitation and water.

This issue has been particularly championed by the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba. At the same time the lack of substantive progress in addressing sanitation related matters has become a party political battleground ultimately reducing the likelihood of effective change. The church in South Africa has the potential to redeem this narrative and bring about substantive change through its public and prophetic witness of justice as an expression of the Kingdom of God.

The purpose of this project is to see substantial and progressive change in sanitation service provision to the most vulnerable citizens in the City of Cape Town. This will be achieved by growing the capacity of the church institutionally and at local congregational level to advocate effectively for changes in sanitation delivery in the lead up to and during the local government elections in 2016.

See attached project description for more details.

How will the individual or organization requesting funds be involved in the activities for which funding is requested?

The Warehouse will develop resources, present training, facilitation, and encounter events and coordinate activities amongst churches and their leaders within Cape Town from August 2015 until the local government elections in 2016.

Are there other individuals or organizational partners involved in the activities for which funding is requested? If so, list and describe their roles.

  • Individual Parish churches and their congregations who will participate in events and respond with advocacy actions.
  • Priests and pastors of local congregations who will be equipped to preach and teach on these matters.
  • Western Cape Council of Churches, South African Christian Leadership Initiative and the Consultation of Christian Churches – Western Cape who will all help to disseminate information and be the public face of any campaign activities.

How do the activities envisioned in this proposal fulfill the Baptismal Covenant and build the Kingdom of God?

The proposal enables church members to fulfill the parts of the covenant where we express our willingness to proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ and to seek and serve Christ in all persons, and loving your neighbor as yourself. It is a specific call to live out the last commitment to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being as a lack of sanitation specifically impacts a person’s dignity.

We see the mission of the church and of Christ’s followers as building the Kingdom of God. This project is a specific expression of two of the five marks of mission within the Anglican Communion:

  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation; and
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

We are inspired by the passages in Isaiah 65 about the City of God which express the very visceral ways in which the Kingdom of God is expressed in this world as we pray that the Kingdom will come on earth as in heaven.

In addition to funding, are there ways that Redeemer parishioners can support the activities described in this proposal (e.g., volunteer labor, provide materials, etc.)? Please give details.

  • Design and production of digital campaign materials.
  • Volunteer internship in Cape Town during the peak campaign times.
  • Prayer for the campaign.

What is the total amount of funding requested? List the major expense categories and the approximate amount of each.

We are applying for $6,000 per year for two years.

Description Amount
Staffing $6,000
4 Training and equipping events $1,000
World Toilet Day public theology encounter $1,500
Campaign Print Resources $2,000
Campaign film $1,500

When are funds needed? List dates and amounts as accurately as possible.

01 September 2015 $3,000 for staffing and other initial project costs.
01 November 2015 $3,000 for World Toilet Day events
01 March 2016 $6,000 ideally. The 2016 local elections haven’t been announced yet and so we aren’t able to plan for a specific date at this point.

Attachment: Project Description

Redeeming the Narrative: Sanitation Campaign Project

Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba leading a “walks of witness” to expose these realities and to place pressure on the City government to implement real changes.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in a report on sanitation March 2013 declared that “open defecation perpetuates the vicious cycle of disease and poverty and is an affront to personal dignity” affecting under five childhood mortality, nutrition and negatively impacts on violence against women and children.

The South African Human Rights Commission has stated that human dignity, privacy and equality have been violated by the City of Cape Town in its service delivery of sanitation to communities across the City. This is particularly true for the more than half a million residents of informal settlements within the metropolitan area.

The discussion in Cape Town about poorer sanitation in the informal settlement area has taken different political, social and legal turns with the emergence of political party aligned “poo protesters” who have dumped faeces in public spaces as a form of protest. The political parties have consistently refused to debate the issues related to sanitation in ways that actually change the reality of life for the people most affected by it.

In an effort to present alternate ways of engaging with the issue, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has led “walks of witness” to expose these realities and to place pressure on the City government to implement real changes. The Warehouse has participated in many of these initiatives directly representing Archbishop Thabo’s involvement in mediation and advocacy work with civil society and local government on sanitation related matters.

In response to requests from churches across the City yearning to see the church take a prophetic lead role on this issue THE WAREHOUSE hosted a series of encounters centered around World Toilet Day in November 2014. The title of the series of events was “Redeeming the Narrative” and church members from around Cape Town participated.

Local government elections are being held in South Africa during the first half of 2016 and the delivery of sanitation services will be a key focal issue of the campaigns. It represents a unique chance for the church to engage in the mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of God by challenging unjust structures and working against violence of every kind. We are seeking funding to expand this work in 2015 and 2016. The sanitation advocacy campaign would have the following outcomes:

  • Substantive and progressive change in the City of Cape Town’s sanitation service delivery, specifically within informal settlement.
  • Local congregations and denominational structures will be advocating for sanitation related injustices in a creative and reflective ways.
  • Church members who are not directly impacted by these injustices will be informed and willing to act as a result of appropriate theological refection, technical input and direct exposure to the reality of these issues
  • Church members, local congregations and denominational structures will have participated in individual and collective advocacy actions that express a prophetic biblical view on these matters.

These would be achieved through the following activities:

  • A series of four training events for church leaders to help them engage theologically and otherwise with the core issues re sanitation.
  • Development of resources for individual and small group study.
  • Production of a video clip as a mobilizing tool.
  • An advocacy campaign aimed at each of the political parties participating in the elections in 2016.

THE WAREHOUSE

JULY 2015.

Poster Advertising the 2014 World Toilet Day Events

Images from the 2014 World Toilet Day events

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