The Foundation that gives 100% to disadvantaged children – all the time
The 100% Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a difference – 100% of its income goes directly to its beneficiaries, which include various early childhood development centres and primary schools in communities in the informal sector on the East Rand.
The organisation was established by Affinity Health in 2016 as a CSI initiative with the vision “to create an educated society of successful contributors.”
Janap Biemba, Senior Development & Projects Coordinator of 100% Foundation, who has a strong background in humanitarian work in feeding schemes and teaching children, says that while the bulk of their funding comes directly from companies within Affinity Enterprises, their aim is to source additional funding and support from other companies to increase their impact in disadvantaged areas, building infrastructure, promoting education, and providing food security.
“100% Foundation evolved as we started working with children in informal settlements in the Benoni area where Affinity’s head office is located. The group soon recognised the dire need for greater focus specifically on early childhood development within these poverty-stricken communities and we formalised the organisation,” explains Janap, who works with an associate, Phumzile Skosana, Development & Project Coordinator, on the 100% Foundation projects.
ECD centres and schools have been ‘adopted’ by the Foundation and various programmes have been implemented that include practitioner and educator upskilling and training, nutritional advice and support, working with community volunteers to support literacy and other programmes, identifying and supporting other local NGOs registered with the Department of Social Development in the communities, equipping libraries, and more.