As part of celebrating its second anniversary, Takalani Foundation beefed up its team with more professional members so as to execute tasks with ease. The team is composed of ten executive officials, ten senior managers, fifty mentors and eight advisory board members – bringing the total number to seventy-eight. Working hand in hand with other non profit organisations with the same objectives also comes in handy as they collectively seek to develop tomorrow’s leaders today.
Reflecting on the journey travelled so far and the trajectory to be taken going forward, Takalani Foundation’s President Rendani Mamphiswana said that the organisation’s success has to be attributed to the collective understanding of the needs of learners in rural areas.
“Takalani Foundation’s ethos is to provide an outstanding support to learners in need, especially in rural areas. We strive for excellence as we have the operational knowledge and expertise. The majority of team members endured some of the challenges currently faced by our learners in rural areas. Through experience, we find it undemanding to help our fellow brothers and sisters to make it in life through formal education – hence our motto: developing tomorrow’s leaders today.” Mamphiswana said.
In its two years of existence, Takalani Foundation managed to help quite a large number of learners through to tertiary institutions. Most of them are doing exceptionally well in their respective fields of study. Carrie Netshifhire who is on her second year of study at the Boston Media House couldn’t hold her joy.
“I am so grateful for the goodness of Takalani Foundation. They showed me light when I couldn’t see any. I am now doing well, hoping to graduate with my diploma in Media Studies well in record time. Although I am from Matondoni [a deep rural village in Vhembe, Limpopo Province], I’m grateful that anybody’s geographical location and social challenges such as poverty don’t necessarily determine their future. I now can stand firm and argue that everything is possible in life when you have a support base such as Takalani Foundation. I intend to work hard going forward so as to help others. All thanks to the leadership of Takalani Foundation in instilling such a hefty attitude in me.” Netshifhire said.
Takalani Foundation’s head of communications and marketing, Mpho Rathando, acknowledged that while the organisation can be commended for the job well done over the past two years, it hasn’t been an easy ride. Somehow, financial problems stood in the way of things for the organisation to fully spread its wings in helping the needy children to realise their dreams through formal leaning.
“Truth be told, we have done our best under difficult conditions. We managed to take learners from various rural schools to institutions of higher learning. With our continuous support, majority of those students are excelling in their fields of study. We appeal to all those who see the value of education in developing tomorrow’s leaders today to lend their helping hands by donating any amount of money they have to the organisation’s account – information can be accessed on our website www.takalanifoundation.org.” Rathando said.