The Trust aims to maximise resources and existing structures and skills and keep operation costs in check by actively networking with other complementary NPOs and organisations that are able to assist us in achieving our vision and mission and improve service delivery to our partnered schools.
In particular ePap, Rotary Knysna and Rotary International, FAMSA, Edge of Africa, Rotary Anns, and SAALED (South African Association for Learning and Educational Differences) have been essential in partnering with us to assist us in achieving our goals and ensure effective service delivery to our beneficiaries. Knysna is also a member of the Greater Knysna Community Care forum and the Welfare Coordinators Group.
The Rotary Club of Knysna, Rotary Anns and the 6 Interact Clubs in Knysna Senior Schools have, with the assistance of Matching Grants from a variety of Rotary Clubs from overseas and Rotary International, assisted the Trust by providing educational equipment and toys, story books in the mother tongue, furniture, fencing, repainting, chemical toilets, and water tanks, to most of its affiliated preschools. Recently through a matching grant Rotary Knysna has provided KET's affiliated preschools with Numicon mathematical sets for each class to enable the roll out of a mathematical program that KET has piloted in 3 of its preschools for the past six months.
Many children in the Garden Route area come from homes where there is limited food and very little that is nutritious. Our project aims to improve the health of the children by providing a regular highly nutritious porridge that is packed with vitamins and trace elements. We started with a small number of children in 2003. Ten years on, we now ensure that over 4,500 children have at least one fortified meal a day. The project is run by some 90 enthusiastic volunteers who distribute the e'Pap, monitor its' usage and support the schools in many other creative ways. The majority of our feeding points are in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, but we also support schools as far away as Storms River in the East and Oudtshoorn in the West.
FAMSA-Knysna's mission is to build a self-reliant, resilient society, by empowering the individual's capacity to build and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships in the family, and in the community - especially where that capacity is threatened by risk factors such as depression, suicide, rape, domestic violence, crime, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. FAMSA believe that the Family is the nucleus of society and individuals who come out of a happy family environment will make positive citizens and be of benefit to their communities. To meet the needs of our changing society they extended their services and offer support to all people, at all stages of life and under any circumstances. FAMSA are proud of all their activities especially the expansion of services into the previously disadvantaged communities, thus reaching more people who were until now unable to access their services. FAMSA Knysna supports the Trust through conducting Parenting Workshops that assist parents to better support their children’s development and strengthen the family unit.
EDGE of AFRICA is a non-government South African organisation offering international volunteers the opportunity to visit the country and contribute to our communities and environment. Edge of Africa doesn’t receive any funding from the government or any other organisations and rely solely on the goodwill and hard work of its team members. EDGE of AFRICA not only helps satisfy some dire needs in the South African communities and environment, but also offers volunteers the opportunity to experience a mixture of races, cultures and traditions, while learning incomparable lessons on life and understanding the value of giving. Their dedication to service excellence and an authentic South African experience has paid off. They won the 2010 Welcome Awards in the tour operator category and have also been voted in the top four of South Africa's leading conservation companies by the World Travel Awards since 2008. EDGE of AFRICA has numerous community and conservation based projects in the Garden Route area.