Project for 2006



At the annual public selection meeting on 12th January we were faced with the usual difficult problem: three very worthwhile projects.  We all felt that the three projects were of similar merit, and found it difficult to choose, but in the event the vote went overwhelmingly for the Thembisa Trust proposal: The Bonginkosi Preschool and Support Programme for Children at Risk.

The Thembisa Trust:

This small Oxford-based charity – of which Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is Patron – is entirely run by volunteers. Thembisa's aim is to give a chance in life to some of South Africa's disadvantaged people by working in partnership with grassroots development projects. One focus is on small start-up projects unable to attract funding elsewhere. Since 1988 Thembisa has funded over 60 different projects in South Africa. Some start-up projects have become viable. Others, such as orphanages and child feeding schemes, training programme, etc, are unlikely to become self-sustaining and need continuing support.

It is Thembisa policy to channel aid either through individual persons well known to the Trustees, or umbrella social welfare organisations which provide management help to local community projects. African Enterprise is such a body active in KwaZulu Natal, and it is through their agency that help from KOA would be delivered and supervised.


The Bonginkosi Project

There are currently some 30 children, mostly from poverty-stricken parents or orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic at the preschool. Parents are required to contribute a small fee for the care received at the Preschool, which covers some of its operational costs, with some additional outside assistance. Some parents cannot afford even that.  The children at the Bonginkosi Preschool are provided with two hot meals in a day i.e. breakfast and lunch.  Many of them really look forward to these meals, as things are so difficult at home.  
The old “school building”, a small wattle and daub house originally bought for R200 (about £18!) in 1979, is literally falling apart.  The health authorities have condemned the it. Large cracks are visible in the walls and the roof leaks letting in water when it rains heavily. The need is for a contribution of £19-20,000, in order to provide a permanent, equipped building to replace the dilapidated, unsafe structure that has served for 26 years.
A contribution of this size would be likely to attract the remaining financial support from elsewhere to make up the estimated £26,000 required: for example, a brick manufacturer is considering donating bricks.



Note

The full proposal can be downloaded by clicking on one of these links:  doc, pdf.

If you would like a printed copy of the full proposals, please phone or email Clive Rodgers (739447), or  Sylvia Vetta (739071).