Annual Report 2015 – 2016

The Ikhala Trust here presents its Annual Report for the year ending February 2016, which is a summary of key events and activities that took place during the period March 2015 to February 2016. 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.

During this period Bernie was afforded opportunities to travel internationally and during March 2015 to mid-April 2015 she joined a group of 6 women from different countries in a Senior Fellows Programme at the CUNY University in New York and then participated in the International ABCD Festival in Blackpool in June 2015.

By far the most exciting and significant event during this period was our Asset Based Community Development Festival held at the Willows Resort and Conference Centre in November 2015 and attended by 108 people representing Civil Society and included colleagues from the Coady International Institute and a student from Scotland. The theme was ‘Small is the New Big’ the title of which was borrowed from the International ABCD Festival held in Blackpool, UK in June 2015. It was so successful that we are considering hosting a Festival again in 2016 at the same venue.

Our work in the Asset Based Community Development space continues to gain traction and this past year 114 people representing 39 organisations participated in the 3 ½ day ABCD training held in Port Elizabeth with a further 62 people attending workshops in Grahamstown and Alice.

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

“They tried to bury us – did not know we were seeds” – Mexican Proverb

Ikhala Trust Annual Report 2015 – 2016