Thank you again to everyone who donated towards the Social Enterprise Institute projects in South Africa. With your help, we were able to raise a total of $12,925!
With our Catalyst campaign, we split the funds towards a variety of different service initiatives and social justice organizations in the Cape Town area. We are currently dividing the remaining funds towards the creation of a scholarship fund for students at TSiBA that demonstrate extreme financial need, and to the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, as we had the opportunity to meet with the Archbishop Desmond Tutu on our visit.
On this very special Mandela Day, we also worked on service projects at Athlone School for the Blind, Nonceba Family Crisis & Counseling Center, Red Cross Society in Nyanga, and subsidized activities for our friends at TSiBA (Tertiary School in Business Administration).
Below you will find a breakdown of our activities, and how your generous support was utilized:
• Niall Melon Township Trust for TSiBA students – R6,370 or $637.00
• Niall Melon Township Trust – R45,000 or $4,500.00
• TEDxCapeTown Tickets for TSiBA students – R4,550 or $455.00
• Athlone School for the Blind – R1,901.53 + $191.00
• Nonceba Family Crisis & Counseling Center – R5,448.90 or $545.00
• Red Cross Society Nyanga – R7,434.80 or $745.00
• Ahmed Kathrada Foundation – R25,000 or $2,500.00
Seed Capital Fund
SEI has also invited four businesses from the Entrepreneurship Consultation Program to apply for seed/capital funding for their enterprises – this includes Global Prime Tutoring Center, Sidlala Sifunda Adventures, Blue Nib Designs, and Nebula Skate Boards.
Athlone School for the Blind
At Athlone School for the Blind, Northeastern students helped to paint a classroom at a school with 400+ students. Many of the students at Athlone are visually impaired or blind. Oftentimes, visually impaired children are abandoned by their families as a result of the large financial burden associated with blindness. These special children live in what is known as the “hostel”. Our students also spent the afternoon organizing a soccer game with the children and teenagers living in the hostel.
Red Cross Society in Nyanga
At the Red Cross Society in Nyanga, our students assembled care packages for terminally ill HIV/AIDS families. The students delivered the packages to the family’s homes accompanied by the community health worker. The students also worked with children who are being looked after at the crèche center for HIV/AIDS positive families at the Red Cross.
Nonceba Family Crisis Center
Nonceba caters primarily to women and children who are victims of domestic abuse, and provides counseling/safe housing for children who have been raped. The rape crisis in South Africa, particularly amongst children, is frighteningly high; the statistic is that a South African girl will have a higher likelihood of being raped than learning how to read. Nonceba provides after school programming to protect children in the community of Khayelitsha, and also provides shelter residency to women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. At Nonceba, our students renovated a counseling office for teenage girls, painted a mural, and worked with children at their aftercare program.
Niall Melon Township Trust
South Africa’s housing crisis has left upwards of 4.6million people living in informal settlements or shacks. Niall Melon Township Trust is an organization that works in partnership with the government of South Africa to build dignified homes in the townships and employ local builders. The NU students helped with construction sites at Masipumelele, a township on the outskirts of the Cape Flats.
Ahmed Kathrada Foundation
Our students had the opportunity to meet with Ahmed Kathrada, prisoner number 468/64 and famed member of the Rivonia 8 who helped lead South Africa to end apartheid with Nelson Mandela. The Kathrada Foundation aims to support a non-racial South Africa by advancing educational initiatives.
Once again, on behalf of the Social Enterprise Institute at Northeastern University, and all of our students in the class of 2013 South Africa Field Research Program, we just wanted to thank you so much for your support and generosity, For more information about our trip, please visit: http://www.sa-fieldstudy.tumblr.com or to learn more about SEI, please visit http://www.northeastern.edu/sei
This July we will be spending a month working in impoverished communities in South Africa through Northeastern University’s Social Enterprise Institute. We will team up with students from TSiBA which is a unique private, non-profit, business school in Cape Town that helps people without access to opportunities jump ahead in life. Groups will be assigned to local entrepreneurs to help improve their businesses.
In small teams of Northeastern and TsiBA students, we will analyze, innovate, and deliver a comprehensive business plan to about 15 micro entrepreneurs whose businesses range from travel accommodations to waste composting. After an intensive two-week consultation period, we advise our “clients” how to best spin out our proposals.
Unfortunately, the mantra – ‘it takes money to make money’ – rings true.” With your support, we plan to establish a seed capital fund; and turn our advice into action. We want to be able to affect as much change in these communities, as the businesses we advise do. All donations to this campaign will be used to invest in our clients.
Our Catalyst funding goal is $2000. Your donation will allow us to establish a seed capital fund under the purview of the Social Enterprise Institute to invest in our clients. Access to capital, to scale and grow, is extremely limited and we want to be able to do more than simply provide a business plan. We want to be able to truly affect change in these communities - and that requires implementation.
With an additional $10,000 beyond our initial goal, the Social Enterprise Institute would be able to invest in at least six local entrepreneurs, rather than just one. There will be at least 20 projects receiving NU business consulting services. Our stretch goal would enable at least a third of our clients to receive some type of investment. This investment is equally important to the recipient in Cape Town as it is to the Northeastern student consulting groups because the value of being able to empower businesses to not just take our advice, but also use it, is critical to the program's success.
The Social Enterprise Institute is grounded in the belief that business can be a powerful tool in helping to alleviate poverty in the developing world by utilizing enterprise based solutions. We believe we are building the next generation of global business leaders.
This is the fourth year of the SEI South Africa Field Study Trip. This year’s group consists of 45 students primarily from the College of Business, College of Engineering and College of Social Science and Humanities. In addition to carrying out their field study work, the group aims to help future Northeastern students by training them in effective fundraising and project design for service learning projects and identifying international 6 month co-op opportunities with the above organizations.
Visit us online at http://www.northeastern.edu/sei/