Fulufhelo (Living Hope) is a non-profit organisation (NPO) formed in 2010 by GIBS MBA students and community leaders in the Ivory Park/Kaalfontein area to undertake socioeconomic projects in that community. Over the years, Fulufhelo has implemented a number of important projects in the areas of healthcare, support for early childhood development, computer training, life skills coaching and general support to the needy and destitute. Fulufhelo’s Mission:
“To undertake projects that will have a measurable and life-changing impact on people within our society.”
To expand the scope of these projects, Fulufhelo decided to extend opportunities to involve GIBS students, the GIBS alumni network and friends outside of GIBS. It was out of this move that Team Fulufhelo was born. The need
Team Fulufhelo is riding the Momentum 94,7 Cycle Challenge this year to raise funds for one of Fulufhelo’s beneficiaries in Ivory Park – Bakgetwa Orphan Centre (NPO 093 964). Bakgetwa was founded in 2011 by Matankie Makhetha. She uses her private home to support and care for nearly 40 orphans. The size of her home only allows her to have six children live with her permanently but many children visit her during the day and after school for food, spiritual and learning support. Matankie is currently unemployed. She funds her work and feeds her family and orphans she takes care of from social grants and donations from Fulufhelo. Matankie is trying to fund the upgrade of her home so that the Orphan Centre can be registered as a beneficiary with the department of social welfare. Team Fulufhelo: 94,7 Cycle Challenge:
Our 2014 goal: To raise R 200 000 towards upgrading Bakgetwa and support Mathankie’s work with childheaded households in Ivory Park.
Future for Team Fulufhelo: To use the 94,7 Cycle Challenge as a platform to raise on-going funding and support towards Fulufhelo’s work with orphans and child-headed households in Ivory Park. Our long-term dream is to garner sufficient financial support to establish a youth centre in the area that will function as a multipurpose skills development hub to help and support orphans and children from poor households in the community.
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