Welcome to our web
pages. Independence ZA
(ZA stands for Zuid Afrika, which is still used as the standard country
abbreviation for South Africa) is a charity started by Europe-based
South Africans looking to do some good.
ZA's object is to end young South Africans affected by HIV-AIDS’ reliance on
state or private aid by
tertiary education or trade-based training that will lead to
employment, a career and an independent life"
AIDs orphans are usually looked after by the state until the age of 15 and are
then often left to fend for themselves. Even those fortunate
enough to receive schooling to matric (sixth form) are left with very few
options for further learning and even fewer options for employment (South
Africa’s official unemployment rate is 25%. Unofficial estimates peg it at about
Independence ZA aims to bridge
the gap between dependency on the state and financial
independence by funding further learning that will enable the
beneficiaries to become employed and begin a
career. Independence ZA
designs and finances the programs, but these are actually implemented
by our partners,
South African non-governmental or community-based
We satisfy ourselves about the financial and administrative
arrangements at the South African end through at
least one visit a year to each program
we finance, through formal and informal audits and through continuing
dialogue with our partners and friends in South Africa.
ZA’s launch project completes: class gathers for a
photocall on the first day of school in the newly built community centre.
Padda, recipient of an Independence ZA bursary
in January 2008 to do computer
studies at INTEC, together with Kate Groch, our woman in