The Anglican board of social Responsibility was established in 2003, under the leadership of the Late Bishop David Beetge, and is now lead by Bishop David Bannerman. The board consists of 9 members who administer and monitor the funds raised for the various projects. They also approve all programmes needing financial, pastoral and skills assistance.
The purpose of the board is to promote social care and responsibility in communities within the geographical boundaries of the diocese of the Highveld irrespective of gender, race, or religious affiliation. The board assesses the social and pastoral needs of the communities and creates the means whereby these needs may be alleviated.
While the board is part of the Anglican Diocese of the Highveld, it will seek to co-operate with community projects as well as projects established by other communities and faith organisations
Geographic and operational areas of HABSR
The Diocese of the Highveld covers the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (formally East Rand) of Gauteng province and the Eastern Highveld region of Mpumalanga Province extending from Tembisa, Edenvale, and Germiston on its western border to the Swaziland border in the East – a distance of about 400km. The diocese also extends to the Kwa-Zulu Natal border in the south-east. Within the geographical boundaries of the diocese live an estimated three and a half million people.
Programmes and ministries under HABSR’S care include:
29 Home based care projects based in the Mpumalanga area.
13 Home based care projects based in Ekurhuleni Gauteng.
4 ECD centres based in Ekurhuleni
3ECD centres based in Mpumalanga
2 Homes for orphans and vulnerable children based in (Springs) Ekurhuleni
3 Safe parks for vulnerable children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS in Ekurhuleni and Mpumalanga.
5 Feeding schemes in Ekurhuleni for those affected and infected by HIV/AID’S.
2 Support groups for the HIV/AID’s affected and effected.
Orphans and vulnerable children programme in Ekurhuleni and Mpumalanga
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HABSR CODE OF ETHICS
“To empower communities to have the capacity to develop sustainable social responsibility frameworks with which to address the social issues within those communities.”
To encourage and facilitate the establishment of organisations and institutions for the promotion of social care and responsibility in communities within the geographic area of the Diocese of the Highveld,
Core Values/Operating Principles of HABSR
We commit ourselves to the following core values:-
- Promoting the unity and wellbeing of those who are within the community.
- Being responsive to the needs and welfare of the people in the community in which we work.
- Respecting the rights, culture and dignity of all people within the framework of the Bill of Rights.
Ensuring that there is no discrimination against any member regardless of race, gender, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political persuasion, conscience, belief, culture or language.
- Acknowledging that every human being has a unique value and potential, irrespective of origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, beliefs, socio-economic and legal status.
- Co-operating, collaborating and networking with other organisations around issues of mutual concern.
- Applying people centred development and participatory style of management.
- Promote voluntarism at all levels.
- Treating other organisations courteously and respectfully at all times.
- Ensuring the organisation remains true to its mission and objectives, and ensuring the organisation presents its self, policies and programmes in a positive light to the public, regardless of personal feelings or beliefs, and ensuring members serve the organisation in an unbiased and impartial manner, setting aside personal interests and upholding its good name, in order to create confidence in the organisation.
- Ensuring that the organisation is approachable, helpful, accessible, honest, and open in its relationships with beneficiaries and supporters, who expect high standards of service.
- Being mindful of the circumstances and concerns of the beneficiaries when making decisions that affect them.
- Ensuring that the organisation forms associations only with organisations that adhere to similar principles.
We aim to achieve this by:-
- Maintaining effective internal and external communication with all beneficiaries, donors, and supporters of the organisation.
- Maintain effective accounting systems which are transparent and accountable.
- Prepare and present annual financial statements to all donors, supporters and beneficiaries.
- Maintain organisational records, files documents and archives.
- Maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
- Monitoring the actual income and expenditure performances against the budgets and adhering to them where possible. When it becomes necessary to make judgements, the staff should consult with the board before bringing the budget into line with actual performances.
- Establishing acceptable procedures and standards to keep control of fundraising and administration costs.
- Ensuring that designated funds are used only for the purpose for which they were given.
- Having effective and clear procedures in the management structure of the organisation, and disciplinary procedures in place to deal with any misuse or misappropriation of resources.
- To co-ordinate all HABSR Activities within the Diocese at their different levels e.g. (Parish, archdeaconry and diocesan) and with those available within the community.
- To network with existing community based projects as well as projects established by other denominations and faiths.
- Networking with local, provincial, and government structures in its work and co-operating and assisting these structures where possible.
- Assessing projects involving the Diocese financially or in terms of a monitoring role.
- By seeking financial assistance in order to carry out its duties and to support the work and programmes it approves.