Dear Open Doors supporters,
We hope your 2012 is off to a great start! The New Year has brought several exciting developments for our organization which we are looking forward to sharing with you.
Since our last update in December, the college application season began and completed in South Africa. Our 2011 scholars did incredibly well in this process and will be enrolling next fall in a range of institutions including the University of Cape Town, the University of the Free State, the University of the Western Cape, and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The scholars cannot wait to start their college careers and are thrilled to have an opportunity not available to most of their peers: the chance to pursue their passion, whether nursing, accounting, social sciences, or information technology, in a university setting.
We have wired the funds for our students over to South Africa. The scholarships are being distributed and monitored by our local partners, dedicated individuals in the education field who have worked closely with the students and have played a vital role in their educational growth over the years. Through these scholarships, your donations are helping to cover the costs of tuition, room and board, and school supplies for these students. They (and we) cannot thank you enough!
Open Doors has also seen several major internal developments over these past few months. Our team has been restructured for increased efficiency and focus. Volunteers now either serve as part of the Board of Directors helping to plan and execute fundraising efforts or sit on the Core Team developing our larger organizational vision and strategy. Efforts are also underway to register Open Doors as a trust fund in South Africa thus making it easier to get our scholarships to South Africa and to manage them.
Finally, a large focus of our team has been thinking critically about needs on the ground in Masiphumelele and Ocean View and how our organization, with its particular capabilities and mission, can tackle these issues in an effective and sustainable manner. From exploring innovative social-impact strategies to strengthening our partnerships with local organizations both here in the US and in South Africa, we are striving to expand our fundraising network and methods in order to better foster community development in South Africa. Stay tuned for exciting updates in this area!
As always, let us know if you have suggestions or comments about our efforts, especially our drive toward developing a more robust and self-sustaining operating model. We value your input and thank you sincerely for your continuing support.
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