Thanks to all the support we received in the Gateway Challenge we were not just able to meet the necessary £2000 target to become a partner of GlobalGiving UK but surpassed £2500 and had our due diligence approved to feature on GlobalGiving.org - http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/maranathaeducation/ - opening up greater fundraising opportunities through support in the US as well!
Since the challenged has finished we have received additional donations above what was anticipated, which has taken our current total over £3700! Thanks to this on-going support, and in light of receiving extra support from the US, we have extended our fundraising aims with a new target of £6249 (or $10,000 USD) as we now feel this is a realistic aim. This will allow us to dramatically extend the educational support we are able to offer the children and young people at the Siyakatala Child & Youth Care Center, which is our primary aim at this stage.
As the Charity Director, I am currently based in South Africa and working directly with the center on a voluntary basis (I am also a qualified social worker), giving me a direct insight into the reach of this project. There are 30 children supported by the center currently who attend 11 schools throughout the city of Port Elizabeth. This includes schools that have been specifically identified to meet the assessed support needs of the children, as well as two pre-primary children who require specialist support. Through extending our fundraising target we hope to provide remedial support at the center to help the children and young people overcome their educational backlogs, as well as ensuring that all those we support can be fully assessed and have the opportunity to be placed in other specialist schools where required.
If you carry on to spread the word of this project we can really build up all the children at the center, opening doors for a brighter future, and helping the young people here to truly overcome the disadvantage they have experienced in their short lives so far! Thank you for all the support!
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