Monday, 28 May 2007

Research department empowers NGO’s

The Department of Research and Technology Promotion at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) hosted a fundraising workshop for nongovernmental and community-based organisations (NGO’s and CBO’s) to enable them to tap into scarce donor funds.

Over thirty organisations attended the workshop held on the Cape Town campus.

According to Mr George Mvalo, coordinator of the workshop, the aim of the whole exercise was to reach out to communities and build their capacity in terms of what they are already doing for themselves.

“This year, for the first time, we involved NGO’s and CBO’s. It’s a way of getting in touch with our communities as part of our outreach programme. In the past we were involved with schools, running workshops on computer literacy, the greening of schools, and leadership courses for principals and heads of departments,” said Mr Mvalo.

He said the Department of Social Development has expressed an interest in collaborating with the CPUT.

“Through our partnership with Laphumilanga Youth Development Association in Khayelitsha we were able to reach many NGOs/CBOs in the community,” he added.

A number of attendees expressed their joy at being afforded the opportunity to attend this workshop, saying it was going to help them immensely in raising funds for their respective organisations.

Written by CPUT News