Donors are organisations that provide funding or support in kind to help Mpilonhle carry out its mission. Here is a list and brief description on each of our supporters and how they help us bring aid and education to better the lives of those less fortunate.
ApexHi has been supporting Mpilonhle since 2012. ApexHi has provided support for a number of crucial activities, including the Programme for Adolescent Learner Support (PALS), which provides support to adolescents in schools with social or health problems, including those who are victims of abuse. ApexHi has also supported organizational strengthening including developing a strategic plan that address short, medium and longer-term goals, and strengthening of the Mpilonhle Board.
The Discovery Fund has been supporting the Mobile Health Units of Mpilonhle since 2012. This supports allows Mpilonhle counselors, nurses, psychologists and social workers to provide care for a range of medical and social problems affecting local youth, including HIV and gender violence.
EUROPEAN UNION (EU)
The EU supports Mpilonhle’s efforts to assist the Government of South Africa to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Integrated School Health Programme. With a 30-month grant awarded in March 2014 for €850,000, Mpilonhle will assist the government to develop an electronic medical record for use by the DOH’s mobile school health teams, to institute HIV testing in schools, and to making greater use of para-professional staff and reduce the need for nurses, who are in scarce supply in rural areas.
INDEPENDENT DEVELOPMENT TRUST
Since 2010 the Independent Development Trust has provided support to Mpilonhle with funds from the Government of South Africa’s Expanded Public Works Programme. These funds have allowed Mpilonhle to employ 85 community members that work in a variety of Mpilonhle activities. These include supporting community gardens, employing community health workers to follow-up with families of learners who have health problems, including tuberculosis, and engaging in income generating activities such as embroidery and beading for the fashion industry.
OLD MUTUAL FOUNDATION
The Old Mutual Foundation has provided funding for Mpilonhle’s computer-based math and science programme since 2012. This programme uses an off-line version of the Khan Academy and Mpilonhle’s custom-designed ruggedized computer laboratory to bring to rural students instruction in maths and science – the subject area that South African students have performed most poorly in.
The NLDTF has since 2012 provided funding for Mpilonhle’s mobile health units that deliver services to school-going children. This is a core activity for Mpilonhle, one that it has provided since its inception in 2007 and which has served as a model for the reinvigorated Department of Health school health intervention.
SOUTH AFRICA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The DOH has funded the Mpilonhle School Health Programme since 2013. The DOH has emphasized expanding services to the most remote portions of the Mpilonhle service area in the far north of the Umkhanyakude District.
SOUTH AFRICAN DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (DST)
The DST, in collaboration with the Tirelo Bosha initiative of the South African Government, which fosters innovation in Government services, is supporting a substantial expansion of the computer-based maths and science education programme in 2015.
SOUTH AFRICAN SUGAR ASSOCIATION (SASA)
SASA has since 2009 supported Mpilonhle’s school-based community garden programme and food parcel distribution to families of needy school children.
TOMS ONE FOR ONE PROGRAMME
Mpilonhle has partnered with the TOMS One for One Programme to provide shoes to over 500,000 children. These include both shoes that children can go to school in (many children lack such shoes) as well as sports shoes that allow children to participate in school –based sports activities.