MissWrite was founded in December 2012 as a non-profit organisation committed to teaching and to empowering young South African women. The purpose is to organise and train writer volunteers to run creative writing workshops in non-profit organisations and schools. Our aim is to help young women writers develop the creativity, critical thinking skills, and most of all the confidence that they need to thrive at school, at home, in their communities and beyond.
MissWrite has had an extremely successful partnership with the Etafeni Day Care Centre in Nyanga, Cape Town where we have been running our programme since 2013. In order for MissWrite to work it is essential that we work in collaboration with non-profits and schools.
Despite the success of our programme, it is clear that these young women have tremendous and ongoing challenges to overcome. The poverty in their communities is extreme and often seemingly insurmountable. But much more concerning is the level of violence that these young women are exposed to as a daily part of their lives. Nyanga in Cape Town, where we have run most of our MissWrite programmes, has been officially awarded the status as the “murder capital” of South Africa for its high annual murder rate. It is evident from the interaction with these girls that they have become desensitised to this brutal violence and the depreciation of the value of human life. Awareness of these issues cannot be underestimated because it is essential to understand the context in which MissWrite operates and the importance of running the programme in a community such as Nyanga and other disadvantaged communities in South Africa.
For more information on MissWrite, please see our website or find us on Facebook or Instagram.
How can you get involved?
MissWrite hosts outings and events throughout the year where we invite the public to join us. We post details of our events on social media.
MissWrite is also looking for some volunteer hands-on support:
- The MissWrite programme can be run as a franchise. We have seen its successful expansion into Johannesburg by a MissWrite volunteer in partnership with the Olico Youth Foundation. There are many other non-profits and schools throughout South Africa and beyond that would love to host our programme but we need committed people who are prepared to volunteer. You don’t need to be an English teacher to run a MissWrite programme but you do need to be self-starter who is prepared to take the programme and run with it.
- Fundraising champions. We would love people who are able to become a MissWrite fundraising champion. Like many non-profit organisations we depend on donations in order to run but because MissWrite is a part-time charity run by volunteers who are gainfully employed in other areas we would love some help in our fundraising efforts.
- Event Organisers. If organizing a once-off event is more your thing we are always looking for help to plan and co-ordinate our outings that we host throughout the year. Past outings have included picnics in Kirstenbosch, peninsula tours around Cape Town on the red tour bus and swimming at the Sea Point Pavilion and these outings are always a highlight for our girls.
- Running a non-profit organization, even a small one, requires a fair amount of administration taking away valuable time and energy away from other projects that could be used to grow the organization. Our administrative tasks require access to your own phone and computer. It’s not a big commitment of time but as the saying goes “many hands make light work.”
- If you have any other skill sets including web design, photography, graphic design or even baking we would love to hear from you.
If you would like to get involved, please email us directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a non-profit organisation or school that would love to host the MissWrite programme please get in touch. We are happy to train your own volunteers, teachers or staff to run the MissWrite programme.
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MissWrite is a small non-profit charity and we are always appreciative of any contribution no matter how small that we receive. It makes a big difference to us and our MissWrite girls. Donations are used to sponsor stationery for our workshops, food and drink and outings.
Our bank account details are:
A/C Name: Misswrite
Bank: First National Bank
Branch Code: 201511 (Gardens)
Account number: 62393114344
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ