Dear Sponsors and Friends,
On 14 January 2019, Ark Angels Educare was officially opened. This amazing project was only possible through your generosity and sponsorship.
The kindergarten facilities will provide a loving and beautiful environment where the children can be prepared for future schooling. This is in stark contrast to the dire living conditions of their township.
Our prime aim was the building of the new Educare for the Ark Angels children – who were previously accommodated in extremely poor and inadequate circumstances. Thanks to so many of you, this aim has been most successfully achieved.
As you know the newly-housed kindergarten is being returned to the management of Prosper, Founder and Principal of Ark Angels Educare. SEEDS Trust, in turn, has decided to partner with True-North (www.true-north.co.za) – which organization specialises in the training and overseeing of all Daycare Centres in Overcome Heights/Seawinds. True-North has the capability and expertise to further train and manage Prosper and his staff at the kindergarten.
True-North can also assist Prosper with qualifying for the actual registration of Ark Angels with the Department of Social Development. Once this has been achieved, Prosper will be able to apply for government grants to assist with the Educare’s budget and to become self-supporting.
After much discussion and consideration, Marlis and I have decided that further sponsorship of this Educare will only be for the actual maintenance of the building. Since Prosper has not provided us with insight of the financial status nor a budget for Ark Angels, we decided this lack of transparency warrants our non-involvement with any operational costs.
SEEDS Trust retains ownership of the building. Ark Angels will pay no rental for the next 2 years – Thereafter, this will be re-negotiated.
The intention is that all future sponsorship funds will be used for our 4 existing projects – and could include partnering with True-North in some instances.
To simplify our bookkeeping – and to enable funds to be used where most needed, we request that all future donations be paid to our bank account.
We trust you will appreciate the need for funds for the continuation of our ongoing projects.
Lastly, we again thank you all for your continued support and trust in our projects which are currently supporting and benefiting 700 children in the townships.
We will definitely keep you informed of all progress and happenings within our projects.
Marlis, Elke and the SEEDS Trust