Kronendal Music Academy is an NPO which provides free music lessons, instruments, ensemble playing and much-needed lunches to underprivileged children from the Imizamo Yethu Squatter Camp and Hangberg community in Hout Bay, Cape Town. In its 12th year now, KMA has more than 180 pupils walking through its doors on a weekly basis.

Please list links to your Website and Social Media Platforms here: 

KMA Promo: https://youtu.be/8jeogkRkLQk
Website: https://kmahoutbay.org/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KronendalMusicAcademy/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KronendalA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/krondendalmusic/

Describe in detail what your Organisation does: 

Kronendal Music Academy is an NPO which provides free music lessons, instruments, ensemble playing and much-needed lunches to underprivileged children from the Imizamo Yethu Squatter Camp and Hangberg community in Hout Bay, Cape Town. In its 12th year now, KMA has more than 180 pupils walking through its doors on a weekly basis.

Kronendal Music Academy (KMA) affords children the opportunity to explore the magic of music. KMA offers young pupils an alternative to the streets by providing a safe afternoon space for practising, doing their homework, interacting with other children and having fun with music tuition. KMA provides an opportunity for becoming a professional musician for those who decide to continue to tertiary education. KMA contributes to improving the fabric of our South African society by turning the creative potential of our residents into assets to reduce despair and build bridges.

How long has your Organisation been operational? 

2007

In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation? 

The imbalance between consistent exponential growth and lack of resources. Our Organisation is a highly successful asset to our community but due to financial constraints, our human resources have not increased accordingly. This has created a serious backlog in effective fundraising.

Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words: 

Exciting, challenging, fun

Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them? 

Hout Bay has some 80 NGO’s many of which focus on children and education. By default, most of this work overlaps and the NGO’s support one another’s goals.

If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be? 

To have a year’s funds in the bank at any one time

In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack? 

Fundraising and compliance

Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation? 

Think out of the box at all times; take every opportunity that comes your way as long as it will benefit your growth; maintain a healthy balance of giving and receiving; ensure from early on that your legal, good governance and policies are in place; generate a Board which will bring positive impact to your NGO in the form of contacts and resources;

If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be? 

Corporates would all have to donate a certain amount to a pool of funds which would be distributed equally amongst the NGO’s in this country.

Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links: 

Consistent growth and continued viability in the community for 12 years

Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use? 

Valuable, vibrant, happy

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