More reason to donate more

Friday 19 February 2021
As the end of the tax year approaches, there is even more reason to donate more. This is because donations to Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) qualify as a tax-deductible expense, provided that the donation does not exceed 10% of the donor’s taxable income. Therefore, donations to us not only contribute to upholding the rights of a child but they may also save you money. Any excess amount which is disallowed due to the limit on your qualifying donation may be carried forward to the next tax year for purposes of section 18A. Donate by 28 February 2021 to realize the incentive.
 
SCSA is a registered public benefit organisation (PBO number: 930 040 924).
 
Your financial commitment is an effective way that enables SCSA to promote and defend child rights where we protect children from violence; ensure happy learning and living of children between ages 0 - 5; and uphold adolescents’ right to sexual health. 
 
Because of your support we will continue to protect the most vulnerable children, especially those susceptible to rights abuses; relegated to a powerless position; residing in low-income households; and those who have migrated to South Africa (SA) and have been separated from adult care givers. With that being said, I would like to bring your attention to where your money will be going in the months ahead:
 
Safe Back to School:  SCSA can lead an essential component of the COVID-19 recovery in SA

The pandemic has created an unprecedented crisis in education. In 2020, over 1.6 billion children – 91% of the world’s school-going girls and boys – saw their education disrupted for months when schools closed. Many countries launched distance learning programmes, but they proved inaccessible to millions of children whose families lack computers, internet connections and even radios to hear lessons being broadcast. While some schools have reopened, hundreds of millions of girls and boys have not returned. Many never will, because their families have fallen deeper into poverty and can no longer afford their children’s education.
 
School disruptions also impact children’s nutrition, health and protection from harm. When children are hungry, school provides food. Children are also able to get access to health care and mental health services in schools. When home isn't safe, school is considered more protective in communities.
 
Safe Back to School is our commitment to help safeguard a generation’s education and prevent the potential loss of decades of progress towards children’s learning and wellbeing. As there is a very real danger that the 2020s will become a "lost decade" in terms of progress made in education for all. Donating to Safe Back to School is a commitment to help save a generation’s education.

Your support, pooled with other resources, will help our Safe Back to School intervention to initiate, sustain and scale up essential activities. We will constantly monitor the pandemic’s impact on the country’s education system, particularly on children’s learning. We aim to be ready to adapt our responses as needed
 
Thanks to your regular and private funding support that we can respond to these emergencies. However, given the worsening of the already worrying education crisis, we must respond. Evidently so, in the coming weeks we will ask you to increase your donation because there is a great need for SCSA to respond to this education crisis.
 
Remember donations are tax deductible, as we are a Public Benefit Organisation, registered under Section 18A of the Income Tax Law. (Reg. No.: PBO 930 040 924)

By Atlegang Matlala, Head of Partnerships at Save the Children South Africa

About: Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In South Africa and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
 
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