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“I have never used an ATM.” Two boys, orphan refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, grew up in a Child and Youth Care Centre (CYCC) in Pretoria. Here they were safe. Here they had regular, healthy meals and could attend school – theirs was a childhood with significantly more care, provision and hope than many other children in South Africa face.
During the month of April, the Thuthuzela Care Centre  (TCC) survivors in Mamelodi saw the conviction of a serial rapist who had raped 21 women from 2008 until he was arrested in March 2013, when he was caught using a victims cellphone.
I have written about the frustration of fundraising for nonprofit, community based organisations in South Africa before and feel the need to once again touch on this subject.  My frustration level has not decreased.  Some of the frustrations include: The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF):
Feet on the Earth or Head in the Clouds? The State Plans Our Agricultural Future: Part II - Can the Informational Requirements for Heavy Regulation be Met? The second Brief in this series sets out the massive information requirements of the proposed system.
Nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and civil society organisation by nature inhabit a world of relationships. Whether between NPOs and beneficiaries, local NPOs and their partners, NPOs and donors, governments, the private sector, relationships are foundational to everything the sector does. However the term ‘partnership’ has been diminished by misuse and is applied to a range of relationships and at this stage is quite often a devalued term.
Afesis-corplan, as part of a team led by CS Consulting, participated in 2014 in the development of an upgrading of informal settlements policy and strategy for the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM). The following animation video was developed as a background motivation for the draft policy: www.afesis.org.za/2014-08-05-09-06-19.html.
In 2013, the world came to know of two young women: Jyoti Singh Pandey from India and Anene Booysen from South Africa. Both were gang-raped, brutally attacked and died fighting for their lives. If it wasn’t for their families, outraged citizens, and civil society activists, they would today be nothing more than statistics, two digits added to the alarming number of women raped and murdered worldwide.
17 May marks World Hypertension Day, highlighting a condition that is often neglected in mom’s-to-be, yet poses a serious threat to expectant mothers in South Africa.
The rain has started to fall in Nepal: monsoon season has begun. Within two weeks it will pour heavily for two full months. All the cracks in the slopes of the mountains will be filled with water and will create more landslides and mudslides to deal with.
This past month has been an insightful journey here at The RealStart Trust, starting with the first phase of our Entrepreneurship Programme. It’s great to get the theory down, but as all well know, the real learning starts when you get practical. Walking with the students as they critically engage with perceptions around their own skills and dreams, business and the opportunities in their communities, has not only brought some valuable insight to the table, but also raised interesting questions.

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