Your donations supportiing the Vhembe, South Africa Grantwriting Workshop made it happen!
March 25, 2017
BENEFITING: ECOCATALYST FOUNDATION INC
Vhembe is South Africa Limpopo province's northernmost region and consists of sacred mountain lands including Thathe Vondo Holy Forest and the sacred Lake Fundudzi. They call Vhembe 'the land of legend' because of the fascinating culture of the Venda people who live here, and its many historic heritage sites.
There are Vhembe grassroots Community Based Organizations (CBOs) focused on biodiversity, water, and food security that need grant writing training that will help them apply for grants from the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program, an international organization (sgp.undp.org). GEF SGP's mission, like ECF's is to support local environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and smaller Community Based Orgnizations (CBOs). ECF is committed to supporting CBOs in Vhembe.
This fundraiser will enable these Vhembe community based organizations to be trained on grant writing skills by Bob Loftur-Thun, volunteer CEO of ECF. Last year, a volunteer from the Columbia University Sustainability Management program conducted a workshop in Vhembe.
A local environmental leader, Mpatheleni Makaulule (pictured), who was previously trained in last year's ECF workshop, said "On behalf of Dzomo la MUPO as the chairperson of Dzomo, I appreciated yesterday's workshop. We are very happy and feel motivated to see the future of Dzomo la Mupo."
The $2,400 raised for this grant writing workshop will cover travel expenses only. Bob will be volunteering all of his time,and taking 3 days vacation time from his day job as Executive Director of another non-profit organization.
The $2,400 raised will also be considered co-financing by GEF SGP and could result in thousands of dollars of additional GEF SGP grant funding for successful NGO and CBO grant proposals by these grassroots communiti based environmental organizations.
Help us help these grass roots environmental organizations increase their impact in South Africa!