At Alterra, we believe that our short-term programs for students and professionals can be the leading edge of a broader, sustaining effort to encourage improved nutrition, educational opportunity, and direct care for vulnerable community members in the countries where we offer programs.
We invite our clients to consider supporting these valuable initiatives, and we seek tax-deductible grant funding from all institutions and individuals who are inclined to assist our efforts.
Please inquire about our support for local-community initiatives and how you may become involved.
Presently, our model initiative is the Masechaba Saturday School of Excellence (MSSE) in Soweto Township, near Johannesburg, South Africa .
We have teamed with a South African non-profit, Sechaba Development Organization, and a prestigious local independent school, Kingsmead College, to receive institutional and individual tax-deductible gifts.
MSSE is an innovative, community-based, structured weekend learning program for socio-economically disadvantaged teens. It is designed to supplement core curriculum subjects, offering an alternative approach to reading & literacy; math, science & technology; life skills; and the arts.
In addition to offering on-campus academic and life-skills programs, MSSE encourages a community service ethic by requiring that students volunteer, on an established schedule, at Siyakhula, a local orphanage for small children affected by HIV and AIDS.
Major supporters, to date, include:
During 2005, we will initiate or continue discussions on behalf of MSSE. Prospective donors from Colorado , Georgia , Virginia , and the District of Columbia have expressed interest in extending financial support to MSSE and its unique youth development programs.
We seek support for two additional social service initiatives in South Africa. These initiatives sustain vulnerable members of local communities – communities where we operate programs for visiting students and professionals. Please ask how we can facilitate your assistance of these valuable initiatives:
Outside Cape Town, South Africa, the University of the Western Cape’s Department of Library Sciences seeks to help a nearby township community achieve 100% literacy.
Library Sciences faculty believe that full literacy in WesBank Township is achievable only in the context of comprehensive community empowerment.
Grace Fellowship Africa (GFA) operates a feeding program for malnourished children twice daily at an informal settlement of migrant families and other displaced people near Cape Town, South Africa . For many of the children, GFA’s program provides their only significant source of nutrition.
We have recently begun to support grassroots initiatives in Mexico; Brazil; Central America & the Caribbean; Quebec province, Canada; and the US Southwest.
Please inquire! We will be delighted to discuss our charitable efforts on behalf of local communities throughout the Americas .