by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – A foundation that supports survivors of rape and sexual abuse, an organisation that improve school results and social behaviour among high school learners as well as another that helps schools create fully functional student-led businesses have won the R1 million MTN Awards for Social Change.
TEARS Foundation, Gold Youth Development Agency and Teach a Man to Fish, respectively, have been awarded R300 000 each.
Ubunye Foundation Trust, which addresses chronic poverty and marginalisation through an asset-based community development approach, received R100 000.
These awards, held this year in collaboration with sustainability consultancy, Trialogue, recognise and reward non-profits that are able to provide evidence of the positive difference they are making.
“We wanted to reach out to all non-profit organisations, not just those currently benefiting directly from MTN’s existing ICT in education or youth empowerment programmes,” said Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi, General Manager of the MTN Foundation.
The awards aim to establish a platform for learning and sharing information that will assist all non-profits that engage in this process.
Some 70 non-profit organisations (NPOs) entered the awards.
Trialogue shortlisted the entries, with 20 organisations put forward for final selection by a panel of independent judges.
“We were delighted that 70 NPOs, with the quality of the entries reflecting the non-profit sector’s commitment to measuring their impact in our society,” Mtunzi-Hairwadzi said.
– CAJ News