True North is a Non Profit Company founded in 2007, prompted by the desire to bring meaningful change to vulnerable and underprivileged communities in South Africa through education, research and the sharing of technology.
At the time of inception, True North embarked upon a data gathering exercise aimed at better understanding the challenges faced by vulnerable communities, exploring the framework provided by local and national government, and quantifying the existing capacity within the non-profit sector.
Vrygrond and Overcome Heights are two of the most concentrated examples of the challenges that plague poverty-ridden communities in South Africa, and were destined to transition from research effort to a fully-fledged project, with Early Childhood Development (ECD) as the convergence point of the company’s current efforts. At last count, Vrygrond was home to some 42 000 people.
True North is Non-Profit Company (NPC) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) registered, as well as BEE certified.
To set a new standard for the education, nurture and holistic development of pre-school children and their caregivers, preparing them to assume the fullness of their God-given potential in every sphere of their lives.
Vrygrond and Overcome Heights, located near Muizenberg in the Western Cape, are two of the most concentrated examples of the challenges that plague poverty-ridden communities in South Africa. At last count, Vrygrond was home to some 42 000 people, with approximately 5000 children in the 0 – 5 year old age category. This community was one of South Africa’s very first informal settlements, and bears the legacy of many decades of inequality.
True North’s involvement within Vrygrond began in 2007, initially as a research project to record the challenges faced by vulnerable communities, whilst also exploring the framework provided by local and national government, as well as the quantifying the existing capacity within the non-profit sector.