NGO school faces a funding crisis

2014-02-18 00:00

THE Stepping Stones School for children with cerebral palsy has had to introduce strict financial interventions to avoid closure this year.

The school was facing closure like many other NGOs due to the lack of funding from donors and the downturn in the economy.

Sarah Rule, chairperson of the managing committee, announced they had found sufficient funds to operate normally for the first term of the year and had come up with a strategy to try and avoid closure.

Rule said they would be offering their outreach programme at the Edendale Hospital and Creighton on a reduced scale.

Rule thanked the school’s regular donors who had enabled the school to continue and also thanked those who had participated in their successful December fundraising golf day.

The school committee is also looking at registering the school with the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Social Development to get funding.

Two experts have been brought in to help the NGO work towards a stronger financial footing. Debbie Harrison (formerly from Lifeline) and Yvonne Spain (ex-director of Cindi) are helping the school to formulate a plan for the future.

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