Seeing a child put on a new school uniform creates the biggest smiles at Imibala. This is where it all starts.
Identifying the children whose parents cannot afford a school uniform for their child is the most important work of the Schools Liaison Team at Imibala.
Imibala’s aim is to ensure that every sponsor’s donation has as big an impact as possible. With a new school uniform attendance improves, children work harder, and their self-esteem is raised.
Your donation will ensure that each child receives a full school tracksuit, a pair of leather school shoes, a jersey,a rain jacket, socks, underwear a t-shirt and a school bag with basic stationery.
Imibala has a wonderful group of individual sponsors. Some have sponsored learners since its inception in 2002. We have loyal friends such as Joy Heath who has paid for 26 sponsorships over the past 13 years and Sandra Orchard who has sponsored Adelaide de Villiers from Grade 2 all the way to grade 12. From these stories it is clear that the commitment to sponsor a child for a school uniform is not just for a year, but an investment in a child’s life for as long as our sponsors can possibly support them. Thank you each individual sponsor, we appreciate your relationship with us and the children as hugely valuable and life changing.
Service before self, Summer and Golf come together when Rotary Langedrag, a Swedish Rotary club partners with Rotary International and Swedish visitors who come to the Helderberg Basin for the summer, especially to play golf, to raise funds for the Imibala Sponsor A child clothing programme.
In 2014 the first Imibala Golf Cup took place at the Strand Golf Course and 100 children were sponsored with school clothes.
The Cape Town-based asset management company, Futuregrowth, funded the pilot project of Smart Lead in January 2016, and have just renewed the funding for Phase 2, destined to begin selection of applicants in August/September 2016.
What is Smart Lead? Smart Lead is an innovative and challenging 9-week programme that prepares young South Africans to forge a useful, fulfilling and economically-active life for themselves after school. Preparation ideally begins at Grade 9 level where personal ambitions and dreams for the future are explored and encouraged.
Understanding oneself is a core element to progressing through each step of the Smart Lead ladder. Understanding the job market, its opportunities and demands, what it takes to tackle it, what is a CV and how does one prepare for the job interview – these are all demanding and engaging exercises done with skilled facilitators, steering attendees towards a more positive and exciting journey into the World of Work.
Futuregrowth has recognised the desperate need for programmes like Imibala’s Smart Lead that enable young persons to develop themselves within their own communities, thus making great contributions towards local economic development, family enrichment and personal growth in ways that are sustainable and hopefully include strong elements of entrepreneurialism.