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Exciting Announcement

April 2020 

Amidst all the uncertainty of our current global healthcare pandemic, we would like to take the opportunity to announce that NAG is renaming to Impande Foundation. NAG is renaming as Impande Foundation to strategically align with our global partners Impande Norway, Impande Sweden and soon to be Impande UK. We are all independent registered charities but will be aligned by a global charter driven by NAG’s long time mission to support grassroots charities.

Some Background

Our first decade as NAG 2000 to 2010 was as a completely voluntary social movement of Community Based Organisations mostly responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The past decade 2010 to 2020 has seen NAG grow into a Network of over 500 grassroots organisations who support young children to have a fair start in life. This will continue to be our mission and our renaming is part of a process of developing a global Impande organisation with offices in Port Shepstone, South Africa and Oslo, Norway. Over the next decade together with Impande Norway and new Impande entities in Sweden, UK and beyond we aim to scale our work of enabling private donations to reach straight to Grassroots charities in the poorest communities of South Africa.

For the past six years NAG have had an MoU with an organisation in Norway that was called Gamalakhe Development Centre Stifting Norway. Our partnership was built around the principals of NAG identifying grassroots organisations and projects requiring financial support and GDCS raising funds to meet the needs from individuals and small companies in Norway. The name developed for the partnership project was Impande Yotshani directly translated from IsiZulu as roots of the grass. GDCS board in Norway decided to rename as Impande Foundation back in 2016. NAG and Impande Norway have been working closer and closer together over the past few years and have implemented many successful projects.

Our Position Now

Over the last couple of years Impande Norway with support from NAG have started to develop partnerships with big companies in Norway around corporate social responsibility and there has been much interest in this from all parties to create more sustainable ways of working and a more just and equal world. Within this context NAG board made the strategic decision to rename to Impande to help clarify communications about our work and to strengthen the global links between the organisations.
 

Impande Global: Focus Area


Our focus area will remain as it has been previously, on rural KZN and Eastern Cape

Impande Global: Strategy

2020-22: Investing in Community Driven Early Learning in poorest communites of South Africa contributing to SDG 4.2:
By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development

Impande Global: Values

  • Mission of Eradicating Inequality
  • Driven from the south
  • Getting maximum $ to the grassroots
  • Research based interventions
  • Community driven – local ownership and passion behind all projects
  • Sustainability at the forefront of interventions

How to get in touch

We’ll be sharing more information about this strategic decision over the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please email brian@nag.org.za

Update on the Covid-19 situation in SA

The current pandemic hitting the world is of grave concern for a country like South Africa whose poverty levels are high and with a large percentage of the population who are immune compromised. We would like to applaud the South African President and Government for their swift measures in addressing this pandemic and the risk which millions of South Africans face. At 23:59 on Thursday 26 March 2020, South Africa went into a full lockdown as regulated by the Disaster Management Act, in an attempt to mitigate the risks associated with a coronavirus outbreak. With these new restrictions in place there is no doubt that the economic and social implications for many families in rural and ‘high-risk’ communities will be grave. However right now, the aim for all South Africans is to stand together and follow the necessary preventative measures to curb the spread of disease.
 
We are in constant contact with Department of Social Development to bring to our members as much information as possible.  A great concern right now is the effect that the closing of ECD centres will have on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children.  We are therefore preparing to implement interventions to provide nutritional support as well as improved access to water and sanitation.  We will keep you posted on this.
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