FAQs

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How do you raise funds?

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Sometimes we are approached by organizations who have heard of our work or who have a specific project they wish to implement. We also lobby for funds.

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How do you account for the funds you receive

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Since inception, Thembalethu has adhered to a very strict accountability program.
We have three levels of accountability. Operational, financial auditing and report back to donors.
Funds are received for specific projects with strict budgeting agreed between the donor and Thembalethu for every activity. Each manager of a project is then responsible to ensure that all money's spent are for the specified activity and receipts have to be produced for every cent spent. Management is accountable to the Board of Directors and all accounts are professionally audited and returns submitted to the Receiver of Revenue.

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How do donors know if their money is well spent

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We have a well developed Monitoring and Evaluation system. Before receiving any money, we  agree with the donor what the expected outcomes will be for the project. These are measured by time, by number and by money spent for the targeted beneficiaries. We then submit quarterly and annual reports to the donor and work with them to overcome problems that we may face when implementing the project.

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What is your view on volunteers

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Since we started we have hosted hundreds of volunteers from many different countries and we are very grateful for the input and skills transfer that we've seen through the years. Some come for a few days or months, others stay for a few years!

Thembalethu has a two pronged approach to volunteers. First for their input into our community bringing many tangible and intangible benefits including cultural exchanges. For example, Peace Corp from USA. Second, we know that many volunteers have had their own lives changed positively and have themselves had significant impact in their communities.  Impendulo is a prime example.

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How is Thembalethu planning for long term sustainablity

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It is well known that the squeeze is on for funding for development and charity work. Thembalethu has always been responsive to the changing environment and has embarked on a number of income generating projects that it is hoped will be able to bring in funds to continue to support our beneficiaries and especially the children.  It will take a couple of years to see significant funds from these so continued support from our partners is appreciated.

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