The Ibbamo Foundation
Describe in detail what your Organisation does:
In 2008 history was made in the United States of America when a black man, Barack Obama, was elected president of that country.
Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, conquered racial barriers through the attainment of high education to ascend to the highest political office in the United States and the most influential in the world.Inspired by this historic achievement, Ibbamo Foundation – the acronym stands for Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama- was established in 2008 to use education as the primary driver for the social and economic upliftment of young Africans. A related objective is to develop future leaders of the African continent in all fields of human endeavor.
The Ibbamo Foundation inspires and empowers young learners between the ages of 14 and 18 years, providing a balanced framework for self-development that will increase their self-esteem and leadership capabilities, as well as enhance their capacity to achieve in whatever context they find themselves in.
The Ibbamo Foundation develops and supports targeted programmes for young people who are committed to building a better Africa. At the core of these programmes is a multi-dimensional approach to youth development: we focus on education as the common point of departure while addressing a basket of youth-related issues.
Which three words best describe your Organisation?
Education, Social responsibility, Entrepreneurship and Leadership
If you could change only one thing about your Organisation, what would it be?
To be able to access kids all around South Africa
Describe what a typical work day looks like for you at your Organisation?
The Ibbamo Foundation has developed three signature programmes for every year. These programmes are built upon and linked to our four strategic pillars of Academic Excellence, Leadership, Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship. These four strategic pillars are the cornerstones that are at the roots of The Ibbamo Foundation philosophy. The purpose of this programme is to specifically target grade 10-12 students and help them prepare academically for their studies by providing them with tangible and measurable training to pass the exams and excel in the future. The development and up-skilling of these leaders will give them the opportunity to find and create employment, achieve sustainable livelihoods, improve social conditions and alleviate poverty through wealth creation. Everyday we make sure the Ibbamo work, Students work, articles of students needing assistance are advertised on our social media platforms.
What is the one thing you wish members of the general public knew about your Organisation?
The work that we do everyday is making sure that the development and up-skilling of these young leaders will give them the opportunity to find and create employment, achieve sustainable livelihoods, improve social conditions and alleviate poverty through wealth creation. We want them to get involved in our work as our programmes allows the students to achieve Higher pass rates and increase their attendance at school
Describe the saddest moment you’ve experienced while at work in your Organisation
When we failed to raise enough funds for some students who showed great potential on their future.
Apart from donating money, how can members of the general public assist your Organisation?
To work with the students by guiding and motivating them through their studies.
Describe the happiest moment you’ve experienced while at work in your Organisation
When we opened the library we built at Mokome High School in Soweto
If you could say only one thing to the Community your Organisation serves, what would that be?
Make a difference today, join us at The Ibbamo Foundation and let’s assist our future leaders to attain their goals.
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