Allocation of Funds

100% of the profits from the sale of the Thunderchild wine goes to the Wingerdprojek Trust, which then allocates funding as and when needed. While some of the expenses incurred are paid directly by the Trust, others are first paid for by the Children’s Home and then refunded out of the Trust. For the financial year ending in February 2017, the Wingerdprojektrust awarded R450 000 to the beneficiaries, and for the financial year ending in February 2018, R494 390 was allocated.

For any more information about our expenses, please  feel free to contact us at (+27) 23 626 3661 or info@thunderchild.co.za.

All financials are audited by Price Waterhouse Coopers (+27) 23 346 5500

Education:

For two years Thunderchild has contributed towards a Unit Class Teacher who is currently appointed at the Robertson Primary School. Unit Class Teaching is implemented in full service schools, as a smaller more intimate class for children that require higher learning support, with the aim to eventually reintegrate the pupils into the mainstream classes. This Teacher also helps the Children’s Home in the afternoons with the Wise Eye reading program, from which 10 children currently benefit.

From 2012 to 2016 Thunderchild contributed R468 590, with a contribution of R18 390 in the 2017 financial year.

The Robertson Children’s Home has a number of children with special needs, be it due to physical or mental disability, who are unable to reach their full potential at the local mainstream schools. Due to the fact that Robertson does not have any special needs schools in the area, it is necessary for us to transport children to the special needs or technical schools in the neighboring towns on a weekly basis, the tuition fees and transport costs of which Thunderchild funds, and in some cases, the board and lodging as well.

There are currently 25 children benefitting from this funding, at the following schools:

Six pupils at Alta Du Toit school, for children with physical and learning disabilities, R76 610 in 2017 and R59 700 allocated for 5 pupils 2018

De Grendel Special Needs/ Technical School, R138 300 contributed from 2012 – 2014, and R26 600 for two pupils in 2018.

Nuwe Hoop, a school for children with learning and hearing disabilities, R13 800 contributed in 2016, and R73 000 allocated for 13 pupils in 2018.

One pupil at De La Bat school for the deaf R51 140 contributed from 2012 – 2016, with R11000 allocated for 2018.

One pupil at Langerug school, a school for children with specific learning disabilities R15 675 in 2017 financial year, and R23 000 allocated for 2018.

In 2017 Thunderchild contributed towards the Master Maths Program that has been implemented at the Children’s Home, with 50 children currently benefitting from this fantastic initiative.

Master Maths is a unique and progressive way of teaching mathematics, integrating personal contact from tutors with interactive computer lessons sets us apart from other maths tuition service. The system provides learners with the opportunity to work through the curriculum at their own pace, and at their own level of ability. Learning is reinforced and evaluated both on the computer and through worksheets, which are done in writing and assessed by the tutors. With better understanding comes improved marks and improved confidence. The end result is a positive, motivated, independent learner who has the opportunity to choose the future he or she wants. Math results are already improving across the board after the first three terms with especially great results from the younger learners at Preparatory school level.

Thunderchild allocated R126 000 towards the program in 2017, 2018 financial year still pending.

 

Thunderchild contributed to the costs and fees of several children to attend tertiary institutions, with children having attended and completed several degrees and courses over the years. Not only does Thunderchild pay for the fees, but also supports the learners with accommodation & living expenses, as well as pocket money. Currently two students are being supported by the Thunderchild project while studying Hospitality & Catering Services, and Education respectively. One young lady has completed her course at Boland Collage in Financial Management, while another young lady, after finishing her year-long course in Nature Conservation, has just been appointed as a Nature Conservationist at the Inverdoon Game Reserve in the Tankwa Karoo near Ceres.

Spend in 2017 was R42980 and R33000 towards two students studying at Boland College and Freestate University respectively. For 2018, we have three children in tertiary education, with R80 400, R12 000 and R13 200 being spent at Boland College, Wamakersvallei and Wortelgat respectively. .

Other

While Education is our primary concern, the Thunderchild Project helps in other aspects of the children’s lives as well.

We aim to ensure that every child leaves the Children’s Home at the age of 18 with a driver’s license, and have so far helped 9 children and members of staff achieve that goal by paying not only for the license test but for the driving lessons as well. We even have one student that has a lorry license now!

Drivers License & driving Lessons spend is an ongoing project with R3900 spent in 2016, and R8060 in 2018.

Sport is a very important aspect in a child’s development, especially so in South African culture. In the past, the Thunderchild project has assisted with transport to the Future Champions athletics day in which seven children from the Children’s Home participated.

In 2017 a matric boy earned a spot on the Tony Stoops Rugby Tour to England & Scotland. This 10 day trip was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any child, and Thunderchild helped make this possible by contributing towards the costs along with a private donor.

Thunderchild contributed R15 000 towards the Tony Stoops Rugby Tour in 2017

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