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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Philanthropy, Public Foundations, Urban & Community Economic Development

Mission: Ëmpowering people to transform their lives...and their communities" To work at transformation in poor communities A short term plan to feed, clothe and assist in charity work. A medium term of accredited skills training A long term plan of sourcing employment and self employment. Papillon to remain independent, a-political and non-religious. To offer assistance to all races, colors and creeds. To remain in good standing with all local laws. To be fully transparent and accountable To employ the services of a registered, independent annual auditor.

Results: 1500 children supported annually. 421 tons of donated goods distributed (2002-2016) 9433 un-employed community members graduated from our empowerment courses. (2004-2016) 350 Police officers graduated from the accredited computer courses. 1635 refurbished computers placed at smeller NGO's, clinics, special needs schools and worthy causes. 334 community members graduated from the Project Management courses. 66 Small business owners and self-employed persons graduated from the computer courses. 147 Child handlers received free accredited trauma training.

Target demographics: The poor, un-employed, orphans, children, youth, single mothers, disabled and the elderly.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1500 orphans and poor children. 500 poor persons and families.

Geographic areas served: The Papillon Development Center in Rosetteville, Johanesburg!

Programs: Charity; free distribution of donated food, clothing, bedding, furniture and appliances to poor areas. Empowerment; English language training, accredited ICDL, Computer training, Project Management and Project Planning training, small business training, trauma training for child, youth and adult volunteer counsellors.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been associated with Papillon Foundation for many years. Not only have we worked closely but also became loyal friends of the foundation. The commitment and dedication from both Stephen and Marian is astounding. Their passion to give to the poor communities, not only uplifting through donations and a helping hand but also their commitment to upskill and teach the people through their training centers. Knowledge is power and Papillon believes firmly in this. Thank you Papillon for what you do... you are remarkable!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Universe Direct loves the fact that the Papillon Foundation distributes 1500 Christmas gifts annually to the Orange Farm MS Care & Restoration Society for ill and needy children of youth. Thank you for you kindness, generosity and time and effort that you put in for making the event such a huge success. Your truly are making a difference in these children's lives. The Papillon Foundation is indeed doing a great job in South Africa.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the Papillon Foundation as an independent auditor for some time now. It is a charitabie organisation which is very close to my heart for a few reasons. Firstly , the foundation is run very efficiently by a team of volunteers who have a very real love for the Lord and who are transparent and honest in all their dealings . Secondly I love the work which is undertaken by the foundation which includes inter alia the empowerment and support of those less privileged in supplying life's basic necessities of food, clothing and education . There is little doubt that the needs of the poor and impoverished in South Africa are growing at an alarming rate and that the work of Papillon and other organisations of this nature is to be supported wholeheartedly. I love you Papillon !!!

Rene H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Papillon Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation run my two fantastic caring individuals: Stephen and Marion.

Papillon distributes clothing, blankets, furniture, equipment, shampoos, soap products, carpet tiles, baby products, beds, food items and office equipment to smaller NGO's, Church Missions, Old-Age Homes, Orphanages, Places of Shelter and needy community Members.

Papillon offers free advise and refers cases to NGO's dealing in issues such as accommodation, legal matters, daily meals, counselling and other social matters.

Papillon gives annual presents, toys, Easter Eggs and goods to Creches, Children's Homes and Youth Organisations.

I can highly recommend this organisation as I have had excellent experiences with them as an NPO.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The success of Papillon is largely due to the self-generation and sustainability of its social outreach projects. Independent Community ownership cultivates a break away from the handout mentality and lends itself to the restoration of dignity. All projects were researched and designed with community involvement, ownership and with replication in mind. All projects are backed by recognized institutions of the highest quality.

Well done to Stephen and Marion Smith - you are doing a sterling job. I am proud to be associated with your organisation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A fantastic organization and their workers sacrifices are becoming legendary. Imagine creating such amazing outcomes on tiny salaries. I admire the hearts and the perseverance of everyone at The Papillon Foundation.

Melinda S.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched The Papillon Foundation bring hope and comfort to people for several years now, and have been impressed with the hard work and dedication they put forth to help others succeed in life.

Spiros A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Papillon foundation and their people really help empower local communities and also children to escape poverty. I totally recommend this nonprofit organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I know the leaders of this incredible initiative namely Stephen Smith and his lovely wife are deeply passionate and totally committed to uplifting the less fortunate. They work long tiring hours with never a complaint. They are Godly moral people who put others before themselves. I highly recommend the Papillon Foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do really wonderful work with various communities, especially the empowerment through studies!

Kimon H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Incredible place where your donations go right to the folks in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Consistently helping and supporting LAMb International Child and Adolescent Trauma Awareness and Carer Competency Workshops throughout South Africa. Thank you for your interest, hosting, facilitating and promoting this vital uplift mental of community, Stephen and Marian!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing dedicated passionate team, is who I worked with at Papillon Foundation. An extremely well run NPO whose heart and values are in the right place.
This foundation is one that I would highly recommend.
Love
Corinne Durrheim Cornelissen

1 Damion B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working on and off with this great organization for a couple years. In that short amount of time I have seen them help many children and seniors from clothing , to food and everything in between. The gentlemen who runs it Stephen is amazing. If you want to make a difference this is a great NPO to help ... Small changes make a big difference

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love The Papillon Foundation! They are helping so many people who others would just pass by without a glance. This organization is helping people survive! And don't we all have that right?!?!?
I pray everyday for the works these wonderful people are doing. Showing the love of God through serving others! What special people!
I LOVE YOU GUYS!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My relationship with the Papillon Foundation goes back a few years. They do unbelievable work in less fortunate communities. They empower the disadvantaged through their training facility where they are taught computer skills amongst other courses. The belief is to teach a person a skill enabling them to find employment. Papillon also distributes food, clothing and provide support to so many of the poorest of the poor.
The passion and dedication that Stephen and Marion has for their work is an example to all of us. Their compassion and love for everyone has no boundaries and they give abundantly with no regard to their own needs. May you be blessed and thank you both for showing me the true meaning of being a Samarithan. xxx

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was unemployed and approached the Papillon Foundation for help.
I completed the basic Computer Course, and then went on to the intermediate ICDL Core Programme. I thoroughly enjoyed these courses. With what I learned, I got a job as a Personal Assistant and am now the PA to the CEO of a Fashion Company. If anyone sees me they think that I did a Secretarial Diploma.
Papillon does wonderful work for the communities, and I can only say thank you very much Papillon!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at The Papillon Foundation as a IDCL Examiner for many years. Papillon is amazing. They help hundreds of students gain valuable skills and qualifications. Papillon welcomes these students come from all walks of life and will always find a way to help them. Their commitment to community upliftment and constant self-sacrifice for the greater good is truly inspiring.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dedication and selfless service, is what comes to mind when thinking about The Papillon Foundation. They not only reach out to the needy with donations of food, clothing and support, they also uplift and teach valuable skills to empower people to achieve beyond their current circumstances.

Any donation or funding is always met with great humility and thanks.

View their website to see how they change lives every day.
www.papillonfoundation.com/

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

2011 was the year of change !! Thanks to The Papillon Foundation at the time as a father of 2 and being out of work for more than 6 months I contacted the foundation for advice guidance and of course the fantastic career boosting courses they offer. Within 6 months I had 3 certifications behind me ( ICDL , Project Management Fundamentals and Project Planning) while this was all going on my confidence grew and I was able to find my self new employment in a Projects career path and have never looked back. Papillon has been my corner stone ever since , and I now do volunteer lecturing for them on their Project Planning course offering. Papillon is not just a charity helping with monetary and physical needs they give something that can never be bought they give you back your self respect self worth and the courage and strength to continue as a Human. God bless them all abundantly !!!!

4 Leonard d.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is with a strong sense of pride that I recommend Papillon Foundation as one of the best NGO's out there. For many years, Stephen and Marian, now been helping the people in need. Their performance, dedication, hard work, good hart and trust in God was exceptional and that is the reason why I think they are in it for the love and a good cause. After a few years, we (Let's Do It!) know what hard work Stephen and Marian has put into Papillon Foundation for it to still be alive and going as it is. I also know that any help is also needed, which is why I write you this letter with nothing but admiration for the work Stephen and Marian and their abilities to help others.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Papillon was established by the most inspiring people I have ever met, Stephen and Marian Smith. The passion and dedication shown by these two people are just amazing. They reach out to the poor , unpriviledged and uneducated with kindness and love.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Papillion Foundation were a great blessing to me, they enrolled me in a few courses they offer, out of the goodness of their heart, free of charge and I was able yo gain a better understanding of IT. In 2015 I was also a volunteer as I saw the great things they were doing for the community and I wanted to be part of their great work. I often was very moved as I saw orphans blessed with new toys and the homeless with food, clothing and blankets, what a blessing the Papillion Foundation is to our Community.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The training done by Papillon is sterling, I sent unemployed youth for computer training and the success of these young people after the training was phenomenal.Some of the youth trained ended up in employment within the municipality.

The outreach programmers with Papillon have brought smiles on the faces of many disadvantaged children in particular.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have got to know Stephen and Marion personally. I am amazed at their good work for humanity that has made me evaluate my good intentions that cannot match their actual good works. I am proud to name them as friends and applaud their efforts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Papillon for many years. I have recently had the privilege of being part of 'trauma training for children'. To be part of a group of people who influence the development and help heal children was awesome. It was an amazing opportunity . Papillon Foundation do amazing work and I thank the dedicated Team . 'Touching heaven and changing earth' is a vision that comes to my mind . They need earthly resources to prepare , heal and encourage so many precious souls... Keep persevering !

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a highly regarded NPO on the South African empowerment map. There are several worthy projects to get involved with and lives are forever changed by the dedication and commitment from a team with 15 years experience. Keep up the good work.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Papillon Foundation

The organisation allows us to use their premises on a weekly basis at no cost. We only make a very small contribution towards the water and electricity bill.

They have donated 10 computers to our organisation Indawho Enhle Empowerment Centre, the compassionate and social responsibility arm of our work.

They have also trained free of charge two of our volunteers in the ICDL Computer Programme. These volunteers - in turn are now training our primary school (16-25) children at the Child Development Centre on Tuesday afternoons, which Papillon hosts.

They have also sponsored us with the following:

Christmas gift boxes for our children
Stationary Packs for our Back to School Program
Toiletry Packs for our needy Children

Without their services to us as an organisation – we will not be able to function efficiently and effectively.

Pelham Lessing

Cell: 082 964 2747

Email: pelham.lessing.pl@gmail.com