The Trust has been in partnership with True North since 2013 and has funded several successful initiatives and pioneering projects.
A further three-year funding agreement was signed in 2018. This project, within the Rainbow Development Programme, will include skills development, capacity building and the new build of three ECD centres. Total investment into the project is estimated at R7 million with 15% allocated for skills development and capacity building, and 85% for infrastructure. In February 2019 the Trust committed to fund the development and pilot phase of the pre-school registration application. The success of this innovative pilot project could potentially accelerate the registration process of the pre-schools
The preschools are assessed on entering the programme and assigned a colour band. By the time the ECD facility has progressed through all the colour bands, they will be a safe, legal, profitable and self-sustaining facility, engaging the parent body and the community and mentoring other ECD facilities as they progress through their development journey.
Overcome ECD Centre is located on city-owned land in Overcome Heights informal settlement and is one of the EDC’s following the Rainbow Development programme.
The principal and owner, Christine Beukes, had been running the pre-school for almost a decade in a dilapidated informal structure.
The Trust, in partnership with True North, funded the rebuild of Overcome Educare. The build was a pioneering innovative strategy in many aspects. As a registered facility, Overcome Educare is the first ECD centre in an informal settlement to receive a 10-year lease agreement from the City of Cape Town. This was a major breakthrough. True North documented the key learnings of this process so that City of Cape Town officials, other non-profit organisations and other ECD centres within informal settlements could use this for future ECD developments.
Throughout this build and over the last couple of years, the Trust has been instrumental in providing True North not only with financial funding, but also with donations in-kind. Donations of homeware and linen are used in the running of the community support programmes and enabled the opening of True North’s very first community shop. A “community currency programme” was established, which beneficiaries of True North “earn” by attending training and implementing lessons. The beneficiaries can use the currency they have earned to select items from the shop which will benefit their ECD. Some items may also be sold to the local community to raise funds to cover operational costs of the shop and support the community currency programme.
“True North has had the privilege of working with The HomeChoice Development Trust for the past four years
During this time, not only has the Trust given us financial support but they have always been interested in all our projects and our team. The Trust has been flexible and willing to listen to suggestions and redirection from us and reliable in their payment to us.
True North values the relationship with the Trust and we appreciate their ongoing support.”
Vicky Kumm – True North, Managing director