It has taken nearly 3 years, but finally, through exceptional commitment, networking and determination, the Rotary Haenertsburg Club Foundation Officer, Peter Stuart-Thompson has managed to find international sponsors and has successfully secured a Global Grant to train 16 Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners over a 16-month period.
The training will be conducted by the local ECD organisation, Thusanang Trust. The theory part of the training will take place at the Thusanang Training Centre in Haenertsburg, and the practical hands-on part of the training will be conducted at the 16 different rural ECD centres where the ECD practitioners reside.
It took a great deal of canvassing and searching to find the international sponsors, which is the requirement for a Global Grant. Contributions given by the following partners, donors and the Rotary World Fund amounted to $66,775 (R772,860). Harley Owners Big Five Group and some individuals; Rotary Club of Haenertsburg and their District 9400; Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA) and their District 6990; Rotary Club of Point West (Sacramento, California USA) and their District 5180; and the matching grants from the Rotary World Fund. World Fund provides 50% matching grants for all Club contributions. The project will begin in mid 2018.
What is a Global Grant?
In short: a project initiated by one club with funds they have raised, topped up by their own district (in our case most of the 'Old Transvaal, Swaziland, Botswana and Southern Mozambique) and in partnership with at least one international partner club and district. This is then matched by The Rotary Foundation. The result is that funds we raise are geared way beyond what we could raise ourselves.
What is The Rotary Foundation?
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Rotary International is one of the largest not-for-profit service organizations in the world, with more than one million members actively participating in thousands of local clubs spread across 161 countries around the world. From its headquarters in Evans-ton, Illinois, Rotary International provides its members with the opportunity to address such issues as AIDS, homelessness, polio, lack of education, hunger, and other national and international problems. Rotary International Foundation contributes nearly $100 million every year toward humanitarian programs in which Rotary members participate and voluntarily raise funds. More than any other membership organization throughout the United States, the members of Rotary
Rotary Haenertsburg and Thusanang Trust
The Harley Owners group, Big Five Chapter, Nelspruit visited Magoebaskloof on 6,7 and 8 November. At a gala evening at the Magoebaskloof Hotel HOG BIG FIVE donated R10,000 to the Thusanang Trust - two further unexpected donations were made by individuals of R10,000 each, bringing the total then to R30,000, then doubled by Rotary. A total of R60,000 for the evening! 18 Rotarians were our guests, to receive the donations on behalf of Thusanang Trust.