The Topsy Foundation partners with rural communities, empowering people infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS, through medical care, social support and skills development. As part of the skills development arm, Topsy has two projects, the Shukushukuma Beadwork Project and the Tinyiko Sewing Project.
At Shukushukuma Beaders, local women are taught different beading techniques needed to make designs incorporating the traditional and the modern. Christine Fischer, a well-known Johannesburg artist, manages the beadwork project, focusing not only on the training of the women, but also imparting essential knowledge pertaining to the whole project. This includes guiding the women through the production process and understanding the associated costing and marketing, in a drive towards entrepreneurial independence for the women. Each beader is her own business entity, and a high regard for quality and craftsmanship remains pivotal.
The Tinyiko Sewing Project was started in 2009 and is based on similar principles to the beadwork project. Masterminded by Tina Craig of Ilithuba, the Tinyiko have launched their “Circles of Life” product range symbolizing the circle of care offered to all patients by all staff members of Topsy. They have developed some striking products, we invite you to view our range.
LocationThe Topsy Foundation
PO Box 131163
Contact DetailsBongi Sithole
Tel: 011 709 6806
Fax: 011 700 3032
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- Dearest Topsy Foundation
My name is Iris and I recently visited Johannesburg South Africa. I love South Africa, it is such a Special place and that is where my heart is.
I visited Rosebank Carpark Market......and found the Topsy Foundation Stall...I have been to South Africa many times and have bought your broaches before so was delighted to find them at the market....My friends all admire them......and I tell them about Your Charity......It is for such a good Cause and your wee broaches are so beautifully made.....May God Richly Bless You's as you endevour to help those with H.I.V Love you's Lots Iris xoxo
Iris Burnside | 16 April 2013