It is written in the Bible that Jesus attended a wedding and enabled the festivities of a community to continue by turning water into wine. This is the first recorded miracle in the New Testament.
Nowadays, the well-being of many communities is under threat by the lack of access to safe drinking water. According to the World Health Organisation in 2014 over 750 million people were deprived of clean water, nearly half of them coming from Africa. It is estimated that every day, over 2 300 people die of water-related diseases.
The time has come for us to perform our very own miracle and help people across this great continent. Teaming up with selected local partners, firstmiracle.org will use some of the proceeds from making and selling wine to provide safer water for people across Africa. The purchase of this bottle of firstmiracle.org wine lets you contribute towards changing the lives of millions. Your glass of wine can become someone else’s cup of clean drinking water.
WHY WE DO IT
WATER & SANITATION.
Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. It is estimated that approximately 90% of the 2 300 deaths that occur every day from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are in children under five years old. The WHO reports that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.
Women and Children.
In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours every year walking for water. Women and children usually bear the burden of water collection, walking miles to the nearest source, which is unprotected and likely contaminated. Time spent walking and resulting diseases keep them from school, work and taking care of their families. Along their long walk, they’re subjected to a greater risk of harassment and sexual assault. With safe water nearby, women are free to pursue new opportunities and improve their families’ lives.
Stimulating Sustainable Economic Growth.
Feeding our world takes up to 90% of our freshwater withdrawals. When a water project is built in a community, members can often use the new water source to grow small gardens near their homes and secure their own food supply. Self-sufficient households are less affected by conflict, famine or inadequate government services.
The World Health Organisation estimates that an investment of $1 in water and sanitation can yield between $3 – $34 in economic return, and that the overall economic loss in Africa due to a lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation is estimated at $28.4 billion a year.
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HOW IT WORKS
firstmiracle.org is the social responsibility initiative of Black Elephant Vintners. Black Elephant Vintners is a wine company that produces and distributes premium wines from selected vineyards and wineries in the Franschhoek valley (for more info visit: http://bevintners.co.za). The First Miracle Trust is an independently registered trust that oversees the work of firstmiracle.org. The First Miracle Trust is registered with the South African government as a not-for-profit entity, and as such complies with all the legal and financial regulations governing not-for-profit entities in South Africa.
So, how does it work?
Buying Wine with a Purpose
When you purchase a special limited edition magnum bottle of
firstmiracle.org wine, approximately two-thirds of the proceeds of the sale go towards supporting the work of firstmiracle.org, and the remaining third towards the production and profitability of the winemaking process. In this way your funds enables us to ensure the ongoing sustainable supply of high quality premium wine for our firstmiracle.org range, and enable us do a lot of social good in the process.
WHO WE ARE
Raymond Ndlovu (Chairperson). His career and personal development journey has been centered upon the financial services industry. After working in various locations, he moved to Johannesburg where in 2002 he met his to-be business partner and co- creator, Kevin Swart. They co-founded and managed Noah Financial Innovation, a stock brokering firm until July 2011 when the sold the firm to Religare Capital Markets. A year later Raymond and family made the spontaneous and bold move to Franschhoek where he teamed up again with Kevin to form Black Elephant Vintners. Besides bringing a host of business skill and wit to the Black Elephant business, he also takes serious his obligations as chief wine taster and self-appointed wine critic. Raymond also works for Inventfin supporting and equipping fellow entrepreneurs.
Kevin Swart spent 23 years in the financial services industry in Johannesburg, South Africa, during which time he co-founded Noah Financial Innovation, a local stockbroking firm. After selling the firm in 2011, he purchased La Petit Vigne boutique wine farm and cellar and the Swart family relocated to Franschhoek in the Western Cape. In a very short time Kevin’s passion for winemaking and the wine industry emerged, and the first vintage of Amazing Grace Cabernet Sauvignon and La Petit Vigne Deep Red Rose were produced in 2012. Around that time Raymond also moved to Franschhoek with his family, and they collaborated in forming Black Elephant Vintners together with local wine maker, Jacques Wentzel. Since then it has been all about making and selling good wine, having a great deal of fun in the process, and hopefully doing some good at the same time.
Jacques Wentzel hails from the Paarl wine-growing region in South Africa where the wine bug sank its teeth into him at an early age. Ironically he was born into a world far removed from vines, having spent his first five years on Robben Island, South Africa’s iconic symbol of political struggle. After completing his schooling, Jacques enrolled at Elsenburg Agricultural College to study Viticulture. After completing his studies he worked at various wine cellars, both locally and abroad, before returning to Elsenburg to further study
Winemaking.It is Jacques’ commitment to delivering consistent high quality, interesting and multi-dimensional wines that completes the picture of the Black Elephant Vintners team. Jacques’ humble approach is both inspirational and endearing. It is these characteristics one will find in his fine wines.
Gary Swart (Chief Operations Officer) studies as an engineer and specialized in water and sanitation. Gary worked for several years in the water and sanitation industry, notably as Deputy Director for Community Water Supply and Sanitation in KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa overseeing the Reconstruction and Development Program. In 1999 Gary decided to gain some valuable experience ‘overseas’ in the charity sector and began a 16-year working relationship with TEARFUND, a UK- based relief and development organization. During this time Gary lived and worked in West Africa, Balkans, Central Africa, before moving to London to head up the International Development department. In 2008 Gary founded, Inspired Individuals, an initiative to identify and resource emerging social entrepreneurs in developing countries around the world. Gary loves to think of himself as an amateur wine lover and has been trying to justify that through his love affair with wine ever since firstmiracle.org affords Gary the opportunity to combine his love for wine, knowledge of water and sanitation, and his experience of the charity sector.
Our Partnership with Cosetteart.com
Cosette Swart, daughter of Darryl and Kristy-Anne Swart, and niece of Kevin and Gary Swart, decided at the tender age of 4-years old, that it was unacceptable that there were poor people in this world. After some discussions with her mom, she decided to begin painting and selling the paintings to raise money for water projects in Africa. Through her partnership with World Vision Canada and Charity:Water she has raised over $10,000. We are very excited to be working in partnership with Cosette and her family. Cosette donated the painting that now forms the artwork for our label, and has also agreed to donate future paintings in support of firstmiracle.org. For more information go to: http://www.cosetteart.com
Direct Project Expenditure
Budget Expenditure = (2016-2018)
- Admin, Marketing, M&E (16%)
- Direct Project Costs (84%)