The slogan of The Sunflower Fund is ‘Share a Little, Save a Life’, and I would like to give you an opportunity on 16 September 2015 to make a difference in the life of someone suffering from leukaemia or other life-threatening blood disorders.
The United States, through its US Agency for International Development (USAID), donated close to a billion dollars into the non-governmental organisation sector (NGO) sector in pursuit of illegal regime change in the final stages of the ill-fated inclusive government.
The revelations come as Western donors announced they were stopping availing money to anti-government NGOs in Zimbabwe after they failed to account for over US$850 million extended by USAID as part of the illegal regime change agenda between 2011 and 2014.
An ambitious plan of the University of the Witwatersrand Student Representative Council (SRC) to raise R1 million for fellow students' tuition became reality.
This was after an individual donor gave R553 000 to help students from poor families who cannot get funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.
Aid and development charity, Oxfam, has responded to the International Monetary Fund's announcement of debt relief for Ebola stricken countries.
Head of Oxfam’s Washington Office, Nicolas Mombrial, points out that, "The IMF's move will provide welcome relief to countries whose economies have been devastated by Ebola.”
The Japanese ambassador in Mozambique, Akira Mizutani, and representatives of the three NGOs - Fondazione Terre des Hommes, of Italy, OIKOS - Cooperation and Development of Portugal, and the Mozambican organisation Kulima - signed the financing agreements in Maputo.
85 337 dollars will be invested in a project implemented by Fondazione Terre des Hommes in Boane district, in Maputo province, which seeks to improve education, water supply and sanitation in four schools.
At least 15 civil society organisations are under investigation by the United States government through its major donor fund distribution channel the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) over corruption and misappropriation of millions of dollars.
Sources close to the investigations also say a senior official with USAID Zimbabwe office who was responsible for receiving and processing funding proposals from local non-governmental organisations had been summoned to Washington DC for questioning.
More than 500 community and faith-based organisations (FBOs) in Zambia last year received support from the United States’ Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Programme to implement HIV and AIDS prevention programmes and support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).
Acting PEPFAR country coordinator, Tamu Daniel, points out that that the agency’s small grants programme gives community-based organisations (CBOs) the opportunity to grow and thrive.
Struggling welfare groups, buckling under a lack of funding, have slammed the National Lotteries Board for the R56 million handed to a Cape minstrel group since 2011.
While the association thrives, groups such as the Treatment Action Campaign, which previously benefitted from lotteries board funding but announced last month they desperately needed to raise R10 million to keep afloat, have to do their own fundraising.
Leading by example, the regional director of education in the Kgatleng District in Botswana, Sir Wonder Masebola, has pledged P5 000 towards the building of five classroom blocks at the Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind (MRCB).
Masebola notes that the centre’s appeal to the Diamond Trading Company (DTC) Botswana bore fruit when the company donated over P1 million.
Botswana’s Department of Mines under the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) has donated toiletries to Bana Ba Letsatsi Rehabilitation Centre in Maun.
Speaking during the donation, Hossia Chimbombi, who is a principal engineer, said the donation will help those in need, adding that they heard Bana Ba Letsatsi's cry for help and they decided to help by coming together as employees and contributing.