Singakwenza Gets Another Thumbs Up From Vodacom!
In April Vodacom announced its third appointment of “Change the World” individuals who will for a non-profit organisation (NPO) of their choice for a year and get paid a salary. The initiative underscores the importance of partnerships between the private sector and NPOs in the pursuit of the common goal of building a better life for all.
This year, Vodacom has doubled the number of volunteers to 20 due to the overwhelming number of South Africans who applied to be part of the programme. Vodacom received over a thousand applications for this year indicating a very encouraging growth in the programme. This year, the volunteers were selected by a panel from 1200 entries from all the provinces.
As the Vodacom Change the World initiative pays the volunteers a salary and provides the funding to each NPO to cover the costs of projects the volunteers wish to implement, the programme is an opportunity for those who are willing to make a difference to their communities to do so at no cost to themselves or the NPO.
And from the Midlands … Singakwenza’s Linda Hill
Linda Hill from KZN holds a qualification in marketing management and has 23 years of experience in public relations and marketing. For the past eight years Linda has worked in marketing in the education environment and has first-hand experience of the need for a sound foundation when it comes to education.
Singakwenza Education and Health is the organisation that Linda has been chosen to volunteer in, and she will be working in a marketing and fundraising capacity. Linda intends to grow Singakwenza’s reach by securing funding for the organisation in order for it to remain financially viable and sustainable.
Having volunteered in the past for Singakwenza, Linda has been inspired by the tremendous achievements that they have already made in the areas of education and health. Singakwenza, meaning “We can do it!”, provides a mentorship education programme for crèche caregivers to assist them in implementing a sustainable Early Childhood Development programme using recycled materials for educational resources. They also run HIV Peer Education programmes in rural areas, supported by two mobile health clinics, helping to de-stigmatise HIV and AIDS, and making an indisputable difference to the communities they serve.
Linda believes that together with this organisation and the community “we can do it”!