At our fullest capacity per month we can accommodate 40 women and children. It costs us R49.32 per person, per day. The money donated is used solely for the Frida Hartley Shelter, and all the beneficiaries are 100% from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Many women who first come to the shelter have very few possessions or resources. Adult and children’s clothes, blankets, nappies, toiletries, sanitary products and cleaning agents are some of the donated products that the shelter requires on a monthly basis. We also seek corporate support in the form of job training programmes, internships and employment opportunities.

The Frida Hartley Shelter relies on the generosity of the community to continue to support and build the lives and self-esteem of destitute and abused women and children.

Babies and children
  • Baby formula: Nestle Nan / Lactogen / Infacare / Nestle Nido 1, 2 & 3 

  • Disposable nappies: S – XL 

  • Baby wipes  

  • Barrier cream

  • Vaseline

  • Aqueous cream – fragrance free

  • Hand sanitiser

  • Teething gel

  • Honey for children’s coughs and colds

  • Milton liquid bottle steriliser 

  • Clothing and shoes for babies and children under 5 years

  • Educational toys for children under 5 years

  • Soft toys for babies

  • Toiletries for babies and children under 5 years

  • Warm winter clothing for babies and children under 5 years (long sleeved vests, jerseys, socks, jackets, caps, leggings for girls, pants)

  • Baby blankets

  • Cot makeovers (mattresses, pillow, bedding, mobile)

  • Baby Bags

  • One of our biggest challenges is having transport to take our children to school / clinic appointments and outings and transport for the ladies to the hospital for appointments and training.

  • Tinned food 

  • Long life products; pasta, rice, sugar beans, assorted cereals , tea, coffee, sugar, sunflower oil, long life milk, flour, maize meal, etc.)

  • Chicken, meat, fish

  • Bread, sandwich toppings (margarine, peanut butter, jam, fish paste, polony, cheese, etc.)

  • Eggs

  • Spices (soups, beef and chicken stock, salt)

  • Frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables

  • Bread

  • Assorted concentrated juices

  • Snack for children (soft chips, biscuits and juice)

If you are a grocer or supermarkets large quantities are welcome

Furniture & Beddings
  • Colourful mats

  • Blinds in reception/office area

  • Blackboard paint for crèche wall

  • Ladies toiletries (soap, face cloths, underarm roll-on, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, sanitary towels, body lotion, face cream, toilet paper, pocket tissues)

  • Clothing and shoes for ladies (size S to XL) Shoe size (4 to 8)

  • Job opportunities (cleaning, tea-ladies, reception etc.)

  • Mother and/or Child outings (Zoo, Movies, museums, etc)

General items
  • Household products (washing powder, bleach, Handy Andy, dishwashing liquid, floor polish, furniture polish)

  • Brooms, mops, dish cloths

  • Black bags

  • 6 wall clocks

  • A4 penlight batteries

  • Small appliances (Kettles, Toasters, Microwave oven, CD player

  • Flat-screen TV for crèche

  • DVD player for crèche

  • PC, keyboard, screen

  • Gardening maintenance (Lawn mower and other garden tools)

  • 2 heaters

  • 10m electrical extension

  • Vacuum machine

Workshop materials for Women
  • Pens

  • Pencils

  • Calculators

  • Permanent kokis

  • A5 exercise books (soft covers)

  • A5 notebooks

  • Flipchart paper

  • Coloured paper

  • Coloured cardboard

  • File dividers

  • Filing boxes or cabinets for archive casefiles.

  • Journals for the women to use.

  • Filing plastic folders for women to store their notes and homework from skills programmes.

  • Photocopy paper

  • Beads (variety)

  • Wool for knitting and accessories

Training & development
  • Staff/ training and development

  • Computer training / administration and receptionist courses

  • Bursaries

  • Sewing and knitting lessons

  • Bead and jewellery making courses

  • Entrepreneurial training


Over the years Frida Hartley Shelter has received donations in the form of cash or products from the following donors. You can find the donations made on our social media pages.

Soul Food

Cradle Project, 

St Columbus Church/Nicarela 

Rijuta Daya,

Lesley and Refiloe

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