Below is a summary of RSSAF grant cycles during 2011.
May, 2011 (Trinity Term)
RSSAF received 72 applications for grants from applicants in Rwanda, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The following five organizations and projects were awarded funding:
- Expanding Opportunities, Kenya: An organisation that aims to increase literacy and basic education through community learning centres. Our funds will be used to build an additional room for a centre in Rabondo, furnish the room, secure an employee and start classes.
- Community Touch Kenya: An organisation started by the residents of Tsunza village to conserve a local forest. The organisation is involved with reforestation efforts and the project that RSSAF is funding involves sharing of knowledge and skills with neighbouring communities involved in similar efforts.
- Kisumu Disabled Self-Help Group, Kenya: An organisation that aims to facilitate activities that promote the dignity of and provide support for physically disabled people in Kisumu. The project that we have agreed to support is near completion. 30 young people have already been trained with technical and business skills but only 10 of them have been given seed capital to start small businesses. We are giving funds for seed capital for additional young people who have gone through the training programme.
- Rights for All, Cameroon: An organisation started by a young lawyer from Cameroon which aims to educate leaders of local NGOs (in Yaounde) about national and international human rights mechanisms applicable in Cameroon, especially in light of the upcoming elections. The organisation is fairly new and we will be providing funds to assist them with start-up costs.
Youth Empowering Initiative, Uganda: An organisation that aims to equip young people with self-support skills and knowledge. The “Trained to Fish” project which we are supporting aims to equip sex workers and young people living with HIV with tailoring, knitting and entrepreneurial skills. This is done in an effort to encourage alternative means of income generation and to reduce dependency on “hand-outs.”