awarenet and partner non profit organisation Inkululeko was recently awarded a grant from the Episcopal Church in the United States to kick-start its brand new ICT cooperation project!
The grant was part of the annual United Thank Offering grant of the Episcopal Church which this year focused on projects which break down racial, economic and cultural barriers.
Crucial to the successful grant application was the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Grahamstown, The Right Reverend Ebenezer St Mark Ntlali, who personally vouched for the importance of the project and the difference it will make in the lives of young people in a town characterised by very high levels of unemployment and other social ills. The Bishop also enlisted the official support of the Anglican Archbishop of the Province of Southern Africa in Cape Town, The Most Reverend Dr Thabo Makgoba who also previously served as Bishop of Grahamstown. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa and the Episcopal Church in the United States are both part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
The project will see a number of cohorts of historically disadvantaged Inkululeko learners being given training in the use of ICT for educational purposes at awarenet's computer labs. Through this training learners will be able to access information, opportunities and resources otherwise denied them by their socio-economic background.
awarenet and Inkululeko and all the learners enrolled in the programs of both organisations are extremely grateful for the support rendered by the United States Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and hope for a close cooperation in the future!