MySchool helps generate over R92.6 million for deserving beneficiaries in 2023

MySchool helps generate over R92.6 million for deserving beneficiaries in 2023
MySchool helps generate over R92.6 million for deserving beneficiaries in 2023

South Africa’s MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet swipes have made a difference to the tune of over R92.6 million over the last 12 months, supporting over 8 500 NGOs and schools with vital funds that have improved access to education, supported people to participate in the formal economy, helped better food & water security and assisted in developing sustainable ecosystems that help communities thrive.

MySchool supporters are able to nominate up to three beneficiaries from the organisation’s extensive list, with funds generated by each swipe of their MySchool card or linked Woolworths card at participating partners generating no-cost donations to those beneficiaries.

 

Helping Everywhere

The Thuso Fund was established by MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet to give supporters an opportunity to support causes across four pillars: Education; Access to the Economy; Food & Water Security and Sustainable Ecosystems. The Thuso Fund focuses on improving education outcomes, especially within early learning and literacy; developing work-ready youth and unlocking access to the economy, employability and income-generating activities; improving access to food and clean water to support food security; in disaster relief to help communities recover and protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable ecosystems.

In 2022/23, the Thuso Fund allocated funds to many education-driven interventions, but the three largest were the partnerships with GROW Educare & Breadline Africa and Impande. The partnerships delivered 11 ECD Centers in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape with 24 new classrooms and associated facilities. The direct impact was felt by hundreds foundation-phase children and scores of staff, with the extended impact reaching thousands of parents, siblings and community members.

 

Supporting Schools

Many beneficiaries of the MySchool program are schools, many of which use the funds generated by swipes to boost essential services. Herschel Girls’ School in the Western Cape continues to use these funds for their Preparatory School learnership program, which helps train new teachers. The funds pay the recipients’ tuition fees, a monthly stipend and the costs of their textbooks. After three years of study, the graduates are readily employed as qualified educators at schools across the country.

At Bay Primary School in Fish Hoek, funds generated by MySchool swipes were used to re-fence the entire school grounds and at Rondebosch Boys’ School, funds are channeled directly into keeping the costs of fees down. Sweet Valley Primary have previously used funds to upgrade their Grade 3 classrooms, install solar panels and a battery backup system to mitigate the effects of loadshedding and upgrade some bathrooms. Their next projects include further bathroom upgrades as well as purchasing laptops which can be used on a rotational basis by various classes.

At Rand Park High School MySchool funds support a learner feeding scheme which benefits over 30 learners on a daily basis with morning and afternoon meals; the establishment of a new Information Technology and Computer Applications Technology Centre and the installation of new rugby posts and post protectors on an additional field to meet the demand for more teams to play rugby.

 

Winning with Water

The Thuso Fund, in partnership with Woolworths and MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, gave rise to the Woolies Water Fund, which has successfully implemented water intervention solutions in schools worth R7.3 million. These include over 600 hand-washing stations and 172 water tanks in four provinces as well as providing the capacity to store over 1 000 000 litres of rainwater over at 100 schools, ensuring ongoing access to safe water for local communities.

 

“Our supporters have the best interests of our country at heart and are able to channel their no-cost donations to organisations and sectors which are close to their hearts, to help make a difference,” says MySchool General Manager, Pieter Twine. “The thousands of beneficiaries which gain from every supporter swipe are at the coal face of meeting South Africa’s enormous needs and, together, we’re working to help make the country the place we know it can be”.

 

Sign up for a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card online or via the app (Google Play or Apple App Store) to give back to up to three of over 8 500 Beneficiaries – at no charge – with every swipe.