Annual Report 2014 – 2015

The Ikhala Trust here presents its Annual Report for the year ending February 2015, which is a summary of key events and activities that took place during the period March 2014 to February 2015. The report covers the core activities of grant making and capacity development and support; key annual learning events such as the Annual Grantee Conference and Board & Staff Strategic Review and Retreat; networking and collaborative activities; and resource mobilisation and organisational issues.

Ikhala Trust embarked on an External Evaluation that was conducted by Ms Erika Joubert, an independent consultant. The review focussed on our programmes and achievements spanning 2012-2014 and a number of recommendations were made to the Trust with regards to areas of the work that needed special attention.

Our work in the Asset Based Community Development space continues to gain traction and this past year 88 people representing 36 organisations participated in ABCD training held in Port Elizabeth with a further 62 people attending workshops in Grahamstown and Alice compared to 2013-2014 where 64 organisations with 135 participants attended the workshops in Port Elizabeth.

Eleven carefully selected people participated in a 5-day Train-the-Trainer workshop facilitated by Ninnette Eliasov, Ikhala Trust’s ABCD associate trainer and materials developer. They in turn presented workshops on their own in Grahamstown, the West Coast and Port Elizabeth respectively.

Despite a decrease in funds to on-grant to qualifying community based organisations, we were still able to distribute funds to at least 13 organisations through the assistance of new partnerships we built with a consultant from Nedbank Private Wealth. Two grantees received funds in excess of R50 000.00 and a new donor i.e. Gladys Niven Trust donated an amount of R35 000.00 dedicated to Somila Community Development Association, Alice and Kwenzekile Community Development Centre, Tsolo respectively.

The Trustees, staff and some of their family members spent a wonderful weekend at My Pond Hotel in Port Alfred. The purpose of the session was to review the recommendations from the External Evaluation and to revisit the Vision, Mission and Objectives of the Trust. As has become tradition, the time spent together was both enjoyable and productive and the learning space was ideal for reflection and taking stock.

Staying relevant, purposeful, strategic and passionate all at the same time is not easy for any not-for-profit organisation in these trying financial times. We however at Ikhala Trust remain confident that our efforts and hard work make a difference and there is a lot of evidence to show. We work with amazing people in communities who sacrifice the little they have in order to reach out to others who have less than them – often truly humbling for all of us here at Ikhala Trust.

Finally, I wish to thank our Board of Trustees for the faith and trust in me to hold the vision and the mission that we co-created with integrity and off course I could not do this without the help of the staff who work closely with me as well as our associates and assessors and more importantly community partners without whom our work would not be possible.

Mrs Bernie Dolley

Ikhala Trust Annual Report 2014 – 2015