What is The Umtshayelo Foundation (TUF)?
Based on the models of The Besom, in the United Kingdom, and Stichten Present, in The Netherlands, TUF seeks to be a bridge between those who have something to offer and those who are in need.
‘Umtshayelo’ means broom, thus our slogan ‘Sweeping Suffering Away’ through the kind deeds of caring people. We want to encourage the act of ‘giftivism’ (the act of giving generously) by using the time, talents, treasure and things of those who have – for the common good of all God’s creation. Believing that our neighbours material concerns are our spiritual concerns, we aim to build a community of volunteers where people care for each other and society through practical acts of goodwill.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
What we do?
We are a bridge between people who have something to offer and those who need help, and primarily works with those individuals or groups who offer their help or gifts for those who need help. These groups comprise of about seven (7) persons allocated to a specific task at a specific time. The more groups we have the more continuity of social involvement is established.
We believe that the mission to transform communities and to bring unity is central to what it means to be church. Our passion is working alongside those who want to transform communities scarred by poverty and deprivation and give them effective volunteer support that makes a difference to their efforts.
What is “giftivism”?
The term “giftivism” has a spiritual definition, meaning: the act of giving generously. It originates from a combination of various inspirations.
Tzedakah: Giving Holy
Tzedakah is the religious response to a world of too much suffering. A world in which some have more than they will ever need while others put their children to bed hungry every night. It is the idea that we are not powerless in the face of degradation, that we can and must help manifest human dignity in the here and now. Tzedakah, is not just a good idea, but as a spiritual practice, has the potential to refine the human heart and transform the human community.
- “When the righteous succeed, a city rejoices…” – Proverbs 11:10
- “The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
- “For it is in giving that we receive.” – St. Francis of Assisi
- “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan
- “In this way we remember the Lord Jesus’ words: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35