Project News

May Report From The Coordinator

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We were so delighted to have a visit from Michael Angus who lives in London and runs a shelter for the homeless. His parents both serve as trustees on the Mosamaria Trust in Blackburn, where his father was a priest for many years. Now they belong to John Hall’s parish in Fleetwood. Michael specially made a trip to Bloemfontein to visit Mosamaria and see the work that we are doing. He was so enthusiastic about everything and complimentary about the work that we all felt uplifted and truly inspired by his visit. He brought lovely clothes and some toys for our children and gave us a donation of R3,000 for our work with them. He was also able to give me so much valuable advice about fundraising as he has a wealth of experience in this field. Thank you Michael for your support. We hope to see you soon again.”

Mosamaria has been blessed with new members joining the board who are enthusiastic and willing to add value to the organization. They are Solomzi Henge – an engineer with the municipality; Gerald Roberts – who has retired from heading up the social benefits division of the Department of Social Development for many years and knows everything about organisational management and development;  Matlalane Liphoto – a journalist and lecturer in English who will help us with communication strategies; and Motlagomang Molokoane – an experienced PRO. We welcome them all. Gerald has already helped develop a Code of Governance for Mosamaria, and is working very hard to help us set up sub-committees of the board that will assist management with finance, strategic planning and risk development, human resources, programme management and communications

I was privileged to be invited to a workshop for the heads of organisations which are funded by the Discovery Fund at their offices in Johannesburg. It took place over two days and we were accommodated in the Sandton Protea Hotel. The workshop was on organisational wellness. This includes wellness of body, mind, soul, spirit so that we can all be productive employees. Discovery really set an example in this with their Vitality benefits in health insurance and with the way that they run their own organisation. We had an excellent facilitator in the person of Andrea du Plessis, who was not only charming and friendly, but gave us so many opportunities to share our experiences as participants, which was very valuable. Sandhya Vendalakar, who manages the corporate social investment for Discovery, saw to our every need, and we felt like  children at a birthday party with all the wonderful food and tea treats, as well as a dinner with the Discovery Fund trustees at a restaurant in Sandton where the food was quite exquisite. Thank you very much Discovery.