Below is a summary of RSSAF grant cycles in 2009. To learn more, view the RSSAF Annual Report 2008-9.
November 2009 (Michaelmas Term)
RSSAF received applications from 18 organizations in Liberia, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Lesotho. RSSAF awarded grants to the following four organizations:
- The Peace Primary School in Uganda was awarded £1 500.00 through its partnership with Givology to upgrade their infrastructure. The RSSAF grant will support the relocation of the school and assist with the reconstruction of modern and permanent buildings to accommodate a growing student population.
- Ubunye, a comprehensive extra-curricular program for the learners of a disadvantaged school in one of Cape Town’s underprivileged communities, was awarded £1 473.00. The RSSAF grant will support the provision of another year of this program to the learners of Sophumelela school in Cape Town, South Africa.
- The Ugenya Community Resource Centre in Kenya was awarded £1 500.00 to engage in a sustainable greenhouse horticultural project. This project will promote sustained provision of nutritional, medical, and educational care and support to orphans and vulnerable children living with HIV/AIDS. It includes advocacy and capacity building for the children together with their immediate foster parent.
- Hope Runs in Nyeri, Kenya, was awarded £1 000.00 to support a project that focuses on the engagement of orphans and vulnerable children in running programs with the goal of removing them from high-risk periods after school and for the enhancement of goal-setting abilities and self-esteem. The program serves 250 children.
May 2009 (Trinity Term)
The new RSSAF committee received applications from 9 organizations in Ghana, South Africa, Rwanda, Cameroon, Zambia, and Namibia. After a grants process spanning two weeks, the committee decided to award four full grants for a total of £5567. The following grants were awarded:
- New BeginningZ, South Africa, was awarded £1307 for their work with abandoned and abused children in the Tshwane region of South Africa. NBZ primarily supports child headed households and cares for abandoned babies and toddlers, more generally providing foster care, crisis care, start packs for new babies, baby care, and parenting classes for young mothers and teenagers. The RSSAF grant will support a medical fund for 40 children, some affected by HIV/AIDS, from their newly opened Haven facility and a local day care centre, and will allow for purchasing of medication to jump-start a longer-term medical care strategy for children covered by the program.
- Khulumani Support Group, South Africa, was awarded £1760 for their advocacy against gender-based violence through theatre in the Gauteng region. Khulumani Support Group is the national membership organization of 55 000 survivors of gross humans rights violations of the apartheid era, and was founded in 1995. The “Khulumani Engaging Member Men in the Struggle to End Sexual Harassment and Violence in their Families and Communities” project will initiate transformative dialogues with men who are Khulumani members about their roles in gender-based violence through presenting a short theatre piece to 10 member groups in Gauteng, followed by discussion so that these men become the initiators of transformative dialogues in their local areas on gender issues.
- Mwandi UCZ Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project, Zambia, was awarded £1000 for their Nutrition Support Program, part of a larger strategy of nutritional, social, medical, and educational support and vocational training for disadvantaged children in Mwandi. The Nutrition Support Program supplies at least one large balanced meal, multi-vitamins, and targeted High Energy Protein Support to 230 children daily, from the age of six months to sixteen years.
- BEEP (Beyond Expectation Environmental Project), South Africa, was awarded £1500 for their empowerment and environmental education programming with youth from townships around Cape Town. The RSSAF grant will support the cost of four two-day excursions with youth from township schools on Table Mountain; the project aims to assist the students with finding inspiration and self-esteem, empower them to better their own lives, and promote their leadership roles in raising awareness of environmental and conservation issues in their community.