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Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund strives to change the way society treats its children and youth. This long-term vision captures the central role society plays in shaping children’s lives.MISSION To give voice and dignity to the African child by building a rights-based movement

Driven by his love for children and a desire to end their suffering, former President Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (the Fund) by donating a third of his salary throughout his term in office to the formation of the Fund. The Fund was officially opened in1995 and from 1996 to 1998, the Fund successfully mobilized over R36 million to fund over 780 projects, at an average of R40, 000 per project. Grounded in the legacy of its founder, the Fund initially operated as a grant-making organization promoting a humanitarian response to the plight of South Africa ‘s children and youth. The 1995-1999 period was characterised by ad hoc funding strategies that enabled children and families to meet immediate needs, and one-time support for overhead and salary costs for organisations targeting children’s issues, with no particular programmatic basis for Fund’s engagement with these organisations.During 1999, the Fund realised that this welfare or handout approach was not sustainable as it did not encourage community involvement nor did it address the array of growing organizational capacity issues. To inform a new approach, the Fund conducted an extensive review of national and regional policies on children and youth; identified several significant policy gaps; evaluated its portfolio of projects and internal procedures; and carefully defined programme intervention areas it would pursue.This review culminated in the launching, in the year 2000, of the Sakha Ikusasa strategy, reflecting a new programme and organizational approach for the period 2000-2005 (Sakha Ikusasa I), the Fund repositioned itself as a development-cum advocacy agency to present a unique form of intervention on the HIV and AIDS arena by partnering with Department of Social Development and civil society organisations to introduce a comprehensive response that brought the centrality of family and community in the fight of the epidemic through its ground-breaking programme named, Goelama.The years between 2005-2010 (Sakha Ikusasa II),  the Fund narrowed focus to advance a programme-based advocacy on 4 key areas and extended its footprint in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region to share its models of child care with peer organisations. The four key areas included child wellbeing, leadership & excellence, Skills, Disability and one dedicated to care for orphaned and vulnerable children.During these years 2010-2015 (Sakha Ikusasa III),  the Fund turned towards building a child rights movement seeking coordinated mobilization of all sectors of society for the championing of their wellbeing.Initiation of Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital a flagship project of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund was announced in 2005The Fund will continue to change the ways in which society treats its children and youth in order to improve their conditions and lives

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