Annual Report 2012 – 2013

The Ikhala Trust here presents its Annual Report for the year ending February 2013, which is a summary of key events and activities that took place during the year. The report covers the core activities of grant making and capacity development and support; key annual learning events such as the Annual Grantee Conference; networking and collaborative activities; and resource mobilisation and organisational issues.

Sitting still and trying to focus on writing what we hope is an account of events and happenings at Ikhala Trust over the past 12 months is never easy. It takes discipline, a particular mood and particular space and more importantly a ‘kick’ off the seat to do this. Each year I struggle to get going but once I am in that mood the words and inspiration flow and I am able to get there. Like others I too seek distractions so I don’t have to do this each year but there are necessary evils in the not-for-profit sector and this happens to be one of them.

It is also not just about being accountable to the different audiences we engage with, but to remind ourselves and others of the importance of the work that we do that off course is not without challenges, frustrations but also little celebrations every day.

There was much to celebrate during this reporting period but by far the most significant celebration for us was Ikhala Trust’s 10th Birthday celebration that took place on the 20th November 2012 the South End Museum. We transformed the Museum into a place of warmth, colour, diversity with friends and colleagues as well as grantee organisations past and present to truly celebrate this very important milestone. Many of us had goosebumps when Anathi Jikela, one of the choristers from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University gave us a rendition of ‘You Raise Me Up’ which has become one of Ikhala Trust’s theme songs over the years.

We also celebrated the final print of the collaborative Action Research Project with the Coady International Institute entitled Voices in Harmony that has been distributed to colleagues and friends working in the Asset Based Community Development space as a resource they could use.

Working at a grassroots level comes with its own challenges and we are all too aware of the Tapestry of Relationships that exists amongst organisations at this level that often causes so much confusion to us but makes sense to these community based organisations as they build their own relationships that will assist them in achieving their goals and aspirations.

We have learnt to not take information provided to us at face value but to probe and ask questions and more importantly to LISTEN. What is written on paper and what actually happens in these community based organisations is often different and their power is only realised when you take the time to visit them where they are operating to realise how they are able to do the work they do by tapping into local resources including local resource people.

Looking ahead and into the future and particularly focussing on what is happening to not-for-profit organisations today, makes us realise that we cannot rest on our laurels and that we have to be one-step ahead in our quest to remain relevant and true to our Vision and Mission without necessarily increasing staff and budget size. We should constantly be asking the question: “Whose interests should we serve and in this context whose interests come first”?

Mrs Bernie Dolley

Please download the full report here.