South African Youth Education for Sustainability (SA-YES) was founded in the UK in 2008. SA-YES provides guidance and support for marginalised young people making the transition from living in residential care homes to living responsibly and independently in South Africa.
Gillian is a co-founder of SA-YES.
How to Help: Visit SA-YES for information on how to donate, volunteer, fundraise, and participate in events.
Fezeka, A Song of Pride: a Film and a Community
Fezeka's Voice is a film that tells the true story of one man's devotion to his township, his school and his choir. For 12 years, Phume has been teaching the children at Fezeka high school, not just how to sing, but how to live. With dedication and spirit he gives them focus, pride and joy in a country that's still living with the residue that apartheid left behind.
Every DVD pre-order or donation goes towards finishing the film which gives children the opportunity to go to university and pursue their talents and dreams.
"This is a really incredible choir in South Africa that the Salisbury Cathedral community has helped with scholarships after their visit here. The man who leads the choir is a force of nature and has turned out some incredible human beings in the process." -- Gillian Anderson
How to Help: Visit Fezeka.com for more information.
||Action for South Africa (ACTSA)
campaigns with the people of Southern Africa as they strive to build a better future. Working for peace, democracy and development across the region, ACTSA is the successor organisation to the Anti-Apartheid Movement. ACTSA influences decision-makers in Britain and Europe on policies that affect Southern Africa. It keeps the region in the public and political spotlight through lobbying, publication of reports and briefings and media work.
Gillian has participated in ACTSA's Conference: AIDS in Africa - Fighting Western Apathy" and
spoken about ACTSA in BBC's Talking Point programme.
How to help:To find out about the ways in which you can support ACTSA's work, see their Get Involved section. Right now (December 2005) they are in dire need of funds to purchase sanitary products in South Africa and transport them into Zimbabwe with the support of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions. For more information, go to Dignity. Period!.
||The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which
was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's
equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF
utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially,
and politically. Our organization believes that feminists - both women
and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must
Gillian became a spokesperson for the Feminist Majority Foundation
in 1996. She has participated as a team leader in the FMF's Million4Roe
Campaign, emceed their Rock
4 Choice benefit concert (April '01), and attended an FMF event
Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan in March of '99. She also appeared
on Hollywood Squares in April 2002 to benefit the FMF's Campaign to
Help Afghan Women and Girls.
How to Help: The FMF's
website has information on joining,
donating, and has an online store to order merchandise from.
Trevor Project is a nonprofit endeavor to promote tolerance for
gay and questioning youth, and to aid in suicide prevention among
that group. Statistics have shown that gay teens are three times more
likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers, and The Trevor
Project hopes, through its efforts, to prevent some of those tragedies
Gillian has attended three of the Trevor Project's "Cracked X-Mas"
events to benefit the organization.
How to Help: The
Trevor Project's website
has information on making donations and purchasing the Academy award-winning
film "Trevor," which is the cornerstone for The Trevor Project.
for a New South Africa (ANSA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated
to combating the African AIDS pandemic and advancing democracy and
equality in South Africa. ANSA also works to further civil rights
and safeguard voting rights in the U.S.
Gillian is a member of the board of the directors for this organization.
How to help: ANSA's website
has information on donating, advocating, spreading the word, and
becoming an intern/volunteer.