Sikhululekile Reading Development and Life Skills

Sikhululekile Reading Development and Life Skills (SRDL) is a registered Non-Profit Organization. SRDL was established on 10 April 2012 in Cape Town, Philippi in order to provide tutoring for poor children from age 6 years old to 16 years in the vicinity of Philippi and outskirts.

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

https://sikhululekilecom.wordpress.com/about/
https://www.facebook.com/srdl21july2012/

Describe in detail what your Organisation does: 

Sikhululekile Reading Development and Life Skills (SRDL) is a registered Non-Profit Organization (hereinafter called “SRDL”). SRDL was established on 10 April 2012 in Cape Town, Philippi in order to provide tutoring for underprivileged children from age 6 years old to 16 years in the vicinity of Philippi and outskirts. SRDL formed a partnership with a local Primary School called Zanemfundo and community members. SRDL is directly responding to the social challenges faced by young people of Philippi including but not limited to poverty, high crime rate, early pregnancy, and school dropout, addictions, and alcohol and drug abuse. The main goal of SRDL is to offer a positive support system to youth who potentially face a difficult transition into adulthood as a result of a disruptive childhood, and to empower young people in these circumstances to make positive changes in his/her life. SRDL is currently running two projects which are: Saturday tutoring project which is mainly focusing on Life Skills and Indigenous Games and also after school and school holiday tutoring which is mainly focusing on the school curriculum. SRDL also have other proposed project such as refurbishment of I’m school furniture and construction of learning center with three extra classrooms.

How long has your Organisation been operational? 

Six years

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

The most challenging part is recruiting and retaining volunteers. Funding is also one of our biggest challenges.

Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words: 

Difficult but rewarding.

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

Yes, have a partnership with the crossroads Library.

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

I wish we could have our own office space.

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

Many organizations suffer because they do not have the privilege of hiring and retaining fund raising experts.

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

I would advise they to choose wisely when they are selecting the board of directors.

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

I would create an environment that allows non profit organizations to be self sustainable.

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

In 2015 during Mandela day we had an event where we were handing out food and clothing to underprivileged community member in Phillipi. That event brought smiles and happiness to many people. Please find and article about that event below.

https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/City-Vision/Mandela-inspired-NGO

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

Light in darkness.

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