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"If you have a WHY to live for then there will always be a HOW"
As I write today’s newsclip, I write it with a Heavy and a Happy heart at the same time. Why is life so unfair for so many people and yet so full of abundance for others, and I regard myself as the latter. I have the privilege of doing my community rounds on a regular basis and today was no exception. » Continue Reading
Ikhala Trust held an ABCD Festival in November 2015 with the theme: “Small is the new big”. Over 120 participants attended the festival, and took part in four topic tents, interspersed with guest speakers and other activities.
The report compiled following the festival highlights what happened, and what remains to be done in the ABCD field.
Download the full report here » Continue Reading
Subsequent to many e-mails going back and forth we finally settled on the 19th – 21st April for a 3 day ABCD workshop in Jeffery’s Bay that attracted 23 participants representing 6 organisations. The organisers rallied together and were even able to get participants to make a financial contribution to their own refreshments over the 3 day period. Whilst some participants had some idea of what ABCD was all about – many had been exposed for the first time and it was clear that they were excited by the possibilities of working differently in their communities. » Continue Reading
Imbasa Community Services is a rural community based organisation led by young people and founded by Bonga Gwengula, a pharmacist. Bonga is passionate about reaching out to the “wise” in the community and has dedicated himself to ensuring that they are properly cared for and given the respect they so rightly deserve. The Centre offers a variety of programmes including a community health programme that was recently officially acknowledged by the local municipality’s health portfolio for the amazing outreach to the sick who are on chronic medication. » Continue Reading
Ikhala Trust was once again blessed to receive beautifully hand-knitted jerseys, caps, blankets and bed-socks from the Knitter Knatters – a group of ladies from the Laubscher East Retirement Home. Mrs Roux, the lady in the black jersey who is aware of our work approached her group and asked that they donate these goodies to us.
And there was an enthusiastic response of YES of course. With winter almost upon us these items will be taken to rural communities we work with and we are sure that the love with which these goodies have been made – that it will keep the recipients warm in the cold winter months!! » Continue Reading
On Friday morning the 11th March immediately after the morning Assembly, the Rector, Mr Crawford, staff and the ‘men’ of the Grey assembled outside on the quad and the traditional coin-laying ceremony got on its way with the Rector making a contribution of R690.00 (wait a bit not in coins but in notes) from money that had been handed in at the office but never claimed. So he set the ball rolling and very quickly the teachers stepped in to fill the letter ‘G’ and the boys filled in the letters ‘REY’. » Continue Reading
This demonstration case was one of a number of explorations in South Africa supported by the Community Grantmaking and Social Investment Programme (CGSI), at the Centre for Leadership and Public Values at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town from 2006 to 2008.
While cases were unique they all in some way considered how community driven development could build from and leverage the local ethos of self help and mutual assistance, » Continue Reading
As many of you know Ikhala Trust not only provides funding to community organisations driving their own development but also maintains a seedling and clothing bank.
Just yesterday we sent an appeal through a newsletter which will only be printed on this weekend at the local Catholic Church and low and behold, along comes our donor and friend Vuyiswa Sidzumo from the CS Mott Foundation with a suitcase of clothing from our colleague and from Mamo from Johannesburg and then today we received 4 mixed bags of clothing, » Continue Reading
We are all so very proud of Lunga and his team at Somila Community Development Association – on Friday evening, the 5th December they were nominated and subsequently won the award for the Community Builder of the Year in Nkonkobe Local Municipality. After all Money and Recognition follows goods things!!
Somila CDA is in its second year of funding from Ikhala Trust and we are certain that one of these days they will be able to graduate to more donors as they have capacity to handle bigger grants. » Continue Reading
Ikhala Trust hosts an Annual Grantee Conference at the end of each year to support learning, networking and recognition/ appreciation of grantees and networking partners. Ikhala Trust often responds to Organisational Development (OD) issues experienced by its partners and for this reason, conference focused on OD with the theme: ‘Working Smartly for Success’. The Conference took place at St Lukes Retreat Centre from 3 – 6 November 2014. 45 people attended representing 13 organisations.
The first day began with introductions and a brief input about the value of small grants in the sector. » Continue Reading