Donor Report 2010/11

Dear Friends of Independence ZA,

We’re pleased to be writing to update you on recent projects and our plans for 2011. Thanks to your continued support and generosity we have been able to increase funding for projects last year and again in 2011. This year we are stepping up a gear with the launch of our most important project to date, but first, here’s a quick summary of our activities in 2010.

2010: Bursaries, Oscar’s Story, First Aid Skills and Jobs!

Independence ZA (IZA) continued its bursary programme in 2010, putting seven students through a further year of tertiary education. We’re excited that 2011 will see our first graduates, who we’ve supported all the way through university.

A new project for 2010 saw IZA provide funding for certified First Aid training for 34 young community volunteers in Philippolis and Mpumalanga. These volunteers visit homes and provide support for up to ten families each, playing a central role in the welfare of their communities.

Last year we began supporting a bright young thing, Oscar Mkhonza, through school. Oscar is an inspiration – he’s 15 and lost both parents to HIV-AIDS – possessing a tenacity and vitality that amazes. We’ve separately enclosed his story.

Finally, it’s great to report that more of our beneficiaries found jobs during the year. This is what Independence ZA is about: providing learning that directly leads to jobs and allow previous beneficiaries to lead independent lives.

2011: Launching a Digital Literacy Programme

In the 21st century, being computer literate and able to navigate the digital world is a fundamental building block for a successful future, anywhere in the world. In poor, rural areas in South Africa, a Matric certificate (equivalent of A-levels) doesn’t provide adequate access and preparation for the world of work and tertiary studies. A low standard of English and computer skills is taught, without which the Matric certificate is worth very little. Therefore students in South Africa’s poor and rural areas are significantly disadvantaged.

In 2011 Independence ZA launches its most important project since its inception six years ago: to provide exclusive funding for a digital literacy programme, which will be run by our community-based partners, The Good Work Foundation. We’ll establish a licensed International Computers Drivers License (ICDL) centre in the town of Philippolis, which will provide internationally recognised computer and digital skills certifications. In 2011 we’ll train 30 students, the most promising of whom will also be trained as ICDL facilitators, with a view to rolling out a wider programme in 2012 and beyond.

In addition to the digital literacy project we’ll continue providing tertiary education bursaries and also put 60 students through First Aid Skills Level 1 and 2 training. And of course we’ll continue backing young Oscar.

This is only possible thanks to your ongoing support…

Thanks to you, 2011 equates to our biggest year of funding, so thanks massively for your contribution – we really are grateful that you have chosen to support our charitable activities. Independence ZA continues to maintain an overhead-free infrastructure, which means your donor buck continues to get maximum value. 

Yours independently,

Tim, Paul, Mark & Jake

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