Arms of Mercy NPC 2018/016801/08PBO 930076145.

Arms of Mercy stands as a beacon of hope, crafted by compassionate hearts dedicated to serving children in their darkest hours. Our mission, born from a collective vision, is to extend a lifeline to those battling cancer, rare diseases, cerebral palsy, and other special needs, offering them a fighting chance. For countless families, navigating the treacherous waters of severe illness without the safety net of medical aid or financial assistance is a daunting reality. Our unwavering commitment is to raise funds that serve as a bulwark against the financial strain accompanying these diagnoses.

Every penny we raise is a lifeline extended to cover the exorbitant costs of emergency surgeries, ongoing medical care, and specialised treatments and therapies, vital lifelines often unavailable within our borders. In today’s economic climate, exacerbated by the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for collective support is more pressing than ever. Few families can bear this burden alone, making every contribution, regardless of size, invaluable.

Joining hands with Arms of Mercy isn’t merely an act of charity; it’s an investment in the promise of a brighter tomorrow for these resilient young souls. Every donation, no matter how modest, carries profound significance. 

In a world shrouded in darkness, we implore our community not to look away, but to stand with us, hearts open, as we illuminate the path toward healing for those who lack the means or voice to advocate for themselves.

To discover more about the children we serve and how you can make a difference, please visit the stories page.

Changing the World, One Bracelet at a Time

Supporting Arms of Mercy is an opportunity to help give a child a better quality life, and a brighter future. Together we can change the world, one bracelet at a time!

Join our heartfelt mission at Arms of Mercy as we craft handmade bracelets specially designed for children battling cancer, cerebral palsy, and rare diseases. Each bracelet is a symbol of strength, resilience, and unwavering support for these brave little warriors.

Your purchase directly impacts their lives, providing vital care and support during their toughest battles.
Together, let’s wrap these children in love and hope. Get your bracelet today and show solidarity with our courageous fighters!

Make a difference where it counts – support our cause and wear your heart on your sleeve!

About the Founder

Introducing Karin Harmse, a passionate advocate for the health and well-being of children.

Originally hailing from Cape Town, Karin embarked on a journey to Gauteng in the 1990s to pursue her passion for music, all while navigating the responsibilities of single motherhood and holding down various jobs. In 2015, she returned to the Western Cape and recently retired from her role as an operations analyst to dedicate herself fully to Arms of Mercy. Alongside her husband, Anton, Karin also cares for her granddaughter, adding another layer of love and commitment to her life’s mission.

Karin’s involvement with Arms of Mercy began in 2017 when she learned about Mienke Mulder, a young girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a frightening incident at daycare. Witnessing the Mulder family’s struggle to afford necessary medical care ignited Karin’s compassionate spirit, prompting her to create beaded charm bracelets to raise funds. This initiative blossomed into Arms of Mercy NPC (AOM) in 2018, driven by Karin’s unwavering dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of sick children.

AOM holds a special place in Karin’s heart, embodying her profound commitment to answering a higher calling of service. Her tireless efforts have not gone unnoticed, earning her a nomination for the Woman of Stature SA Award in 2021 and ultimately clinching victory in the ‘Woman in Community – Woman of Stature SA’ category in March 2022. This recognition has only fueled Karin’s passion and determination for the future of AOM, inspiring her to continue her noble mission of making a difference.

If you share Karin’s vision and are interested in becoming a sponsor or donor, or if you simply want to learn more about how to get involved with AOM, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact her today. Together, we can illuminate the path to a brighter future for children in need.

Dandelion Symbolism

The Dandelion in the Arms of Mercy logo was chosen for all it`s different, positive and inspiring meanings. It reminds us to embrace the cheerfulness of a sunny summer’s day when things seem bleak or dark. To never give up, even if those around you do.

Since the Dandelion can thrive in difficult conditions, it also symbolizes the ability to rise above life’s challenges, healing from emotional pain and physical injury.

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