To uplift and empower the people of Diepsloot through education and skills training. Bringing HOPE to the people of Diepsloot.

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

www.facebook.com/TheDiepslootFoundation

Describe in detail what your Organisation does:

Our focus is to uplift and empower the people of Diepsloot through education and skills training. We offer ABET courses specifically focused on numeracy and literacy, carpentry and sewing/textile skills training and business/entrepreneurial training. All courses are supported by computer and IT training giving our learners holistic training and skills for them to explore employment and self-employment opportunities.

How long has your Organisation been operational?

Since 2008

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

Funding has always been challenging but I believe that is the same with all NPO’s.

Other than that, the biggest challenge has been to try to understand (and make peace) the terrible state in which our schools in communities such as Diepsloot are and the poor quality of learner that is graduating at the end of the process (not necessarily grade 12 as many only get up to grade 10).

We need to deal with this as well as the other social challenges that our learners experience and try get them motivated to improve their numeracy and literacy levels. All with the hope of trying to get a job at the end of the process.

Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:

Hope to Diepsloot

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

Wot-if Trust
Riversands Incubation Hub
Rise Against Hunger
ECD forums in Diepsloot
Business forums in Diepsloot

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

Ideally to see a schooling system that works which will see an end to ABET training as the schools would have done what they are meant to do, but I don’t see this happening anytime soon.

We would ideally want to receive further funding from corporate SA in order for us to reach more learners and have a bigger impact within the Diepsloot community. The funding can either be for our ABET and skills training but also for business training for young adults in Diepsloot looking to start their own businesses.

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

How to engage with corporates to effectively raise further funding.

How to have credible accounting and paperwork processes in order to make corporates comfortable to donate and support your cause.

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

Understand what the community that you are serving wants and not what you want to do. In this way, you’ll be more effective as you won’t be fighting the community to buy into something that they don’t want.

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

To be more collaborative with one another so that we are more effective as NPO’s.¬†Also, to be more bold about what we do and why we do it – shout it from the mountaintop.

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

We initially started with very basic offerings, through hard work and persistence we now run an IEB accredited ABET course, SETA accredited carpentry and sewing/textile skills training, and ICDL accredited computer courses.

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

Uplifting, empowering, impactful

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