WHY WE NEED FUNDING AND WHAT CHALLENGES WE ARE CURRENTLY FACING
Lerato was founded over 20 years ago and since then has been funded through donations from private and corporate sponsors. Registration with the Department of Education and Social Welfare was not possible because we operate in an informal settlement. Only a few years ago we obtained some kind of legalisation when we obtained a 10 year lease from the City of Johannesburg. At least we can’t be expelled anymore.
The lack of government subsidies and reduced sponsorships have put Lerato under immense financial pressure. The community is hit hard through the economic crisis caused by lock-down measures and as a result less school fees being paid. At the same time new regulations related to the Covid-19 epidemic increase our operating costs.
The only way forward and to secure the future of the centre is to access funding by means of obtaining a social grant from the authorities, but there are numerous administrative and financial obstacles that need to be addressed and overcome.
For now we are desperate for funding to be able to fund:
- Salaries for 30 staff members
- 3 daily meals for 500 children
- Poverty alleviation (food parcels, clothing, transport)
- Stationary and learning materials
- Repair and maintenance
- Personal Protection Equipment
- Cleaning materials