The Ntshulisa Foundation

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TNF
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The Ntshulisa Foundation (TNF) is a collaborative effort that grew from the ‘freelance’ volunteer initiatives of the organisation’s chief executive officer, Karissa Samuel.

In 2002, Samuel began organising an annual Christmas party for various Orphanages around the country. These events have steadily grown over the years to include several orphanages in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

The parties began with 30 toddlers from the Ethembeni Salvation Army Orphanage and have grown to ±400 children from 2-12 years old.

In 2009, Karissa decided to incorporate a Section 21 company to continue this work throughout the year. And thus TNF was born.

TNF has always aimed to empower, change and develop society by working with orphans and underprivileged youth. With a goal-orientated approach to creating opportunities to cause growth, the Ntshulisa Foundation’s main focus has now been divided into several areas; namely:

  • Social action network; 
  • Corporate social investment (CSI) project and fund management; 
  • Experiential growth programmes and workshops; and 
  • Seasonal support campaigns. 

The desire to establish such an organisation was fuelled by a need to have an institution that will be able to recruit and channel the energies of young adults towards positive development by addressing the educational and social challenges faced by underprivileged youth. From its inception, TNF was always a youth driven initiative.

TNF’s vision is to make a positive impact in the communities where it has a presence.

The organisation is guided by its vision: to be the catalyst for sustainable change; to create opportunities for growth and positively impact disadvantaged youth by educating, empowering, enabling and guiding them whilst promoting a sense of responsibility and the spirit of Ubuntu.

TNF exists to form partnerships with high-impact organisations around the world to contribute sustainable growth and development in South Africa with a special focus on disadvantage youth.

TNF is a network. On the network, there are players namely; the beneficiaries, social enablers (companies, trusts and other trading entities), volunteers and TNF management team.

TNF enriches the lives of orphaned and / or displaced children who are in the care of various nonprofit or public benefit organisations (beneficiary organisations). It has partnered with these beneficiary organisations to supplement the primary requirements of the children in their care. Importantly, TNF strives to focus on interaction with the children to socialise, nurture and love them, as well as providing material support.

TNF has developed a two pronged approach to helping:

  • It assists beneficiary organisations develop their strategies, identify their requirements/needs and budget accordingly. TNF then communicates this;
  • TNF engages and partners with social enablers (i.e. volunteers, professionals and corporations) who are want to provide resources to worthy causes in order to provide a conduit to meeting their Community Support Initiatives (CSI).

Partnerships enable us to achieve more together. TNF’s goal is to forge partnerships and collaborations with social enablers who can help us stimulate and support the capacity, growth and sustainability of beneficiary organisations by fostering cooperation, collaboration and assisting in the growth of the programmes that it creates for its adopted children.

How does it work? To bridge the gap, TNF has created the Social Action Network that connects beneficiaries with social enablers.

The beneficiaries’ needs are categorised as short-term, discrete, or individual projects. The resources that the social enablers are willing to provide, ranges from people’s time to visit and host children; specialist skills (i.e. dentistry or accountancy); through to providing materials and/or cash that meet the needs of the beneficiaries. The Social Action Network is the ideal melting pot to match the needs of the beneficiaries and offerings of the social enablers.

TNF’s intervention ranges from simple introductions and the handover of donations, through to the project management of large scale interventions. For example, the rebuilding of orphanage rooms with donor money, materials and staff; or arranging company/departmental social outings which could include taking employees to the orphanages or zoo, where they feed, play and socialise with the children.

Who are the players?

The beneficiaries are nonprofit and/or public benefit organisations permanently or temporarily housing children ranging from 0 to 21 years of age in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The beneficiaries obtain a base-line funding from state funds and ad-hoc donations. In all instances these funds are barely sufficient to a bare minimum standard of living for the children in their care. Hence there is always a need for more resources to enhance the children’s mental and physiological state of well-being.
 
The volunteers are those individuals (i.e. ordinary concerned citizens), professionals (i.e. lawyers, doctors, etc.) who want to contribute to improving the lives of its adopted children.

The social enablers are organisations or groups of any kind willing to voluntarily contribute their skills, knowledge and resources to benefit a beneficiary i.e. companies, trusts, civil societies, etc.

How can you play a part?

TNF needs social enablers to register with the Social Action Network, indicating the nature of your intended contribution. TNF would then be able to match the needs of the beneficiaries with the offerings of the social enablers. The organisation will assist organisations to identify their CSI objectives and provide a mechanism for achieving these objectives. In addition, it is especially adept in coordinating projects where companies wish to allow their employees to actively participate in particular projects, in addition to donating other resources.

What are the benefits to you?

The Social Action Network makes it easy for all social enablers to channel skills and resources to legitimate beneficiaries with clearly articulated needs, with minimal administrative overhead and maximum benefit.

Corporate Social Investment

In South Africa it is mandatory that companies contribute 1% of their total net profit to CSI initiatives. CSI initiatives can be money, expertise or time used to provide solutions for significant social problems. While these initiatives are external to the normal business activities of a company, TNF assists corporations to match their social investment with their mission and vision statements so that the benefits that their contributions generate reflect back to enhance their reputation and corporate brand.

TNF also ensures that the CSI budgets that it manages are focuses on investment in youth and children through programmes and regions where it believes the need is greatest - and where your contribution will make a difference to the future of South Africa.

TNF social services include:

  • The organisation assumes full accountability and responsibility for the CSI function. It will develop the CSI goals, objectives and positioning with the client and then execute against them;
  • TNF reviews the clients’ CSI strategies and/or initiatives, discuss their CSI objectives, and make recommendations to align objectives with functional outputs;
  • It performs an independent audit, based on the principles developed for the George Soros Foundation to determine the effectiveness of the clients’ CSI initiatives. For larger clients, the organisation offers an ongoing monitoring mechanism to help the client keep their finger on the pulse of the CSI;
  • TNF assists clients identify interventions that align to their CSI objectives. It also offers turn-key solutions of the intervention by project managing delivery from conception to successful conclusion.

Its experiential growth programmes and workshops allow for the creation of a series of cultural, educational, art-orientated and fitness/sporting programmes / workshops / excursions benefitting rural, orphaned, township and underprivileged children from ages 2-18.

The programmes are tailor-made to meet the needs of the youth from Beneficiaries registered on the Social Action Network.

All programmes will promote the development of young people by instilling a sense of competence, a sense of usefulness, a sense of belonging and a sense of power or influence. The various programmes provide a structured environment, offers positive alternatives to high risk behaviour, and encourage positive youth development. When this strategy is fully implemented, self-esteem is enhanced and an environment is created which helps the youth achieve their full potential by pursuing their dreams confidently and creatively while developing academic, leadership and service learning skills that will allow them to be successful in life.

The Menu of our Impact:

  • Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme;
  • Sports and fitness education clinics; 
  • Education support through tutoring and e-learning; 
  • Career guidance (with a difference);
  • Self-esteem development workshop for teenagers; 
  • Medical, dental and optometry clinics;
  • Girl Affect Campaign - offering support, education on menstruation and material donations to girls from rural and township areas; 
  • Feed-a-child nutrition programmes; 
  • Project Polar BEAR (Bringing Empathy And Relief). This is TNF’s winter  essential provision campaign for orphans and vulnerable children;
  • Fun days out with children from orphanages and shelters; and 
  • Structural/other orphanage and shelter development.

Core Values

  • Future-orientated - promotion of the value of sustainability in order to ensure that the needs of youth are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs; 
  • People - talents, perspectives, and contributions that each person brings to our projects create an environment where all lives are enriched is an imperative part of TNF success;
  • Support - creation of an environment which supports the continued development of grassroots nonprofits who do not get heard;
  • Growth - creating opportunities for growth, change and abundance needs, aspirations and challenges of youth in a realistic and participatory manner;
  • Commitment - TNF founding principle is ‘creating opportunities for growth’ which it applies to every project that it embarks on;
  • Community - the organisation facilitates the collaboration and cooperation between individuals, corporations and organisations for a stronger and more productive society;
  • Social responsibility - advancing a society where people accept their responsibility to seek the good of others and to participate in the world as global citizens;
  • Collaborative relationships - working with others who have common goals in order to make the greatest difference in the world;
  • Human dignity - considering every person and every child deserving of having their basic needs met and be free from oppression; and
  • Mutual accountability - pursuing integrity with all partners, associates and in all resource investments.

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Founded: 
2009

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