The aims and objectives to eradicate this type of scourge can be achieved only through a combined effort of both state bodies and the private sector. Therefore our Institute, (k.I.O.L), has decided to shoulder our social responsibility and do our bit to improve the quality of lives of all our communities, especially those plagued by Autism and to provide a caring environment for the frail and aged.
We believe that every child with autism and other special needs can learn and deserves access to effective education. We recognize that every parent and family member plays an important role in helping their child reach his or her fullest potential. We will provide especially the lower-resourced families of children on the autism spectrum with FREE comprehensive training on how to use best practices in education and autism treatment to teach their child in a user/learner friendly environment.
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- Our research has shown that the number of special needs children, especially Autistic children in our province is on the increase and there is little or no facility to cope with this affliction. To exacerbate matters the number of elders in families is also growing. Whilst this is a positive reflection on the longevity of life within our communities, it also adds to challenges faced by state institutions that are already saddled with financial constraints.The aims and objectives to eradicate this type of scourge can be achieved only through a combined effort of both state bodies and the private sector. Therefore our Institute, (k.I.O.L), has decided to shoulder our social responsibility and do our bit to improve the quality of lives of all our communities, especially those plagued by Autism and to provide a caring environment for the frail and aged.We believe that every child with autism and other special needs can learn and deserves access to effective education. We recognize that every parent and family member plays an important role in helping their child reach his or her fullest potential. We will provide especially the lower-resourced families of children on the autism spectrum with FREE comprehensive training on how to use best practices in education and autism treatment to teach their child in a user/learner friendly environment.
It is common knowledge that establishing a centre to meet the above challenges requires a great deal of funds and professional care, besides necessary equipment to hasten recuperation and rehabilitation.
This project will benefit all those living and affected by the disorder and will enable parents to rest at ease knowing that their children are receiving both care and much needed stimulation and life skills.
This will be the only existing Autism care and education centre in the community and it will cater for the entire municipality including neighbouring town’s i.e. Belfast, Witbank, Kriel, Groblersdaal etc.
Basically the special needs child will be mentored in basic survival skills at the educational centre and receive the medical attention they need while acquiring quality education that they deserve. By doing so their loved ones will acquire peace of mind in the knowledge that their special member has a chance to survive in the world and take his or her rightful place in society.
It is our contention to source funds from potential donors and to raise monies via fund raising shows. We have applied for the necessary NGO certificate and are already certified as an NPO, which will allow us to award Section 18A certificates that would qualify sponsors for tax rebates.
Our research has shown that there are a number of business houses and individuals who would align themselves to such a venture as a tax rebate. Affluent families, too, will be willing to bequeath large sums in memory of a loved one, or as a joint name in memoriam.
There are a number of professionals who would render their services in gratis on an hourly basis even if they require some recognition. Media would be only too willing to cover such a venture because it reflects nation building and it covers an unusual exercise.
We intend canvassing organisations like Al Imdaad Foundation, Gift of the Givers, Patrice Motsepe Foundation, Ernie Els School for Autism, etc. The local municipality will also be approached to come on board with a grant-in-aid and other forms of assistance to overcome bureaucratic hurdles.
As a fund raiser we will be canvassing local entertainers to perform at a live show in our town, dinner galas, motor shows, lucky draws, auctions, in fact anything and everything that would assist us to raise funds will be attempted. Watch this space when we most probably will be hosting live entertainers in an open-air extravaganza in front of a giant stage with razzmatazz lighting and sound. Adequate marketing will ensure a “full House” attendance. Stalls will be hired out to afford informal traders to be part of the income that will be generated. The police and ambulance services will be approached to ensure the event mirrors fun in an environment that will be safe for all. No alcohol, drugs or weapons will be allowed. This measure will need strict private security.
It must be understood that this venture is a mammoth undertaking and requires thorough planning, marketing, buy-in from respective role players, and funds.
Therefore we humbly request you to consider this enterprise favourably and render whatever advice and/or assistance within your departments. We are certain that in the not too distant future the centre will hold pride of place in our town and be a draw card from other parts of the country to Middelburg Mpumalanga.
We have no objection to dovetail with the Mpumalanga Centre for Autism and special needs, currently trading as Lets Talk. But it is our intention to fast track the process and meet the growing challenge more effectively. As you are aware, there are many frustrated parents and teachers who contend that there are just not enough placements or facilities for children and adults with disabilities in the Highveld. Parents are forced to have their special needs child sent to an ordinary crèche or school as they have no option. The child is then left with little or no survival skills in this rough world we live in.
Provincial chairman for Disabled People South Africa, Patrick Mahlakoane, has stated that it is disappointing that our disabled children, especially those who are hearing and visually impaired, have to go to other provinces to be educated. Similarly our Autistic children, too, have to either stay at home or seek other “pastures” in other provinces which eventually impacts negatively on the family unit as a whole.
Currently 1 in 110 children are affected by Autism and if something significant is not done soon the number could escalate to more alarming proportions. We all have a moral obligation to apply brakes to this growing scourge.
One of the areas where the local municipality can contribute would be a site with the necessary municipal services. It also has to be in a safe environment that must be conducive to effective rehabilitation.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information, as we believe you are just as passionate as we are to launch this centre.
Contact person: Zaheed Khan or Thabo Mkanzi
Contact number: 083 506 4131
How long has your Organisation been operational?
- Since 2015
In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation?
- fund raising
Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:
- exceptionally life changing
Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them?
- Autism South africa
If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be?
In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack?
- marketing and fundraising
Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation?
- never give up
Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links
- local education about Autism and the upliftment of special needs children at public schools
Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use?
- ground breaking innovation