KG MALULEKE MEMORIAL DISABILITY INTEGRATION ORGANIZATION previously known as Letaba Helen Franz
1. NAME OF ORGANISATION
KG Maluleke Memorial Disability Integration Organization
(Letaba Helen Franz)
NPO - 006 – 282
PBO No*: 930039188
3. TYPE OF ORGANISATION
Public Benefit Organization
Postal Address: P. O Box 361, Ramokgopa, 0811
Physical Address: 66 Burger Street, Polokwane, 0699, RSA
Local Municipality: Polokwane
5. CONTACT PERSON
Name, Surname and position: Dr. Morokolo Sathekge – Acting Chief Operating Officer
Telephone: 015 291 4138
Fax: 086 648 4895
CELL: 083 302 9975
EMAIL: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Name, surname and position: Dr. Obby Risiva – Chairperson
CELL: 082 449 0340
6. BACKGROUND OF THE ORGANISATION
Letaba-Helen Franz is a brainchild of two individuals with disabilities. These two were institutionalized and attended primary education at a special school before proceeding to a mainstream school at secondary level. During that time there was no high school for learners with disabilities. It was a great challenge taking into consideration their experiences and comfort in an institutionalized environment.
This might have appeared cruel or unfortunate but instead, it was a blessing in disguise because they were able to socialize and integrate with their able-bodied peers.
Being at mainstream school helped these individual to adjust and adapt to an unprotected environment and interact with able-bodied people earlier than at tertiary level. As opposed to being at a special school, where they were assisted with every aspect of their lives, at mainstream school they started to do things for themselves. They had to start realizing and accepting the fact that they looked different from other scholars, but mentally capable to compete with anyone academically.
Eventually, these individuals proceeded to a medical university, one qualified as a Medical doctor and the other as a Dietician. Their experiences in life made them to come to a conclusion that it was counterproductive for a learner with disability who has academic potential to stay too long in special school. They found it unfortunate that these learners are now encouraged by the present dispensation to study at their own institutions up to Grade 12.
The prolonged institutionalizing makes some learners with disabilities to develop fear and anxiety to proceed to tertiary institutions. Those that eventually got to tertiary institutions may struggle to cope and to adjust to the new environment that they feel is hostile, due to its challenging and competitive nature.
Some learners who stayed for too long in the institutions become fearful to face mainstream society and subsequently resort to disability grants for living instead of education, to add value to their lives. If as a society feel that learners with disability should be institutionalized from grade R to grade 12 and not provide for further education for them, is as if we are saying that is best they can achieve.
No one is saying that we do not need special institutions of education for learners with certain disabilities. It is a fact that there are those learners whose disabilities are such that they cannot lead independent lives. At the same time, is it correct to institutionalize a learner purely because he or she has a deformed leg, missing finger or walks differently? Institutionalization may deny young people with disabilities opportunities and platforms to unleash their potential.
7. VISION AND MISSION
Empowered self-reliant people with disabilities in an integrated society
To unleash the potential and talent of people with disabilities through partnerships, advocacy, mentorship, financial support and creation of enabling integrated environment for economic opportunities nationally.
8. FOUNDERS OF THIS ORGANISATION
KG Maluleke, MS Sathekge, A. M Chuma, MC Mamabolo, D Mapoulo, M Semenya, MK Sathekge, O Mohlahlana, C Thupana.
9. NEED IDENTIFIED AND PROGRAMMES
The prolonged institutionalizing makes some learners with physical disabilities to develop fear and anxiety to proceed to tertiary institutions. Those that eventually go to tertiary institutions struggle to cope and to adjust to the new hostile, challenging, and competitive environment. Before they could adjust, they would fail their semester academic examinations.
Early Mainstreaming and Disability Integration of People with Disabilities
Administrator: Jan Katjedi
Project Manager: Brian Sathekge
Financial Officer: Mpho Chuma
Membership to the organization shall be requested from interested people and existing members and shall be voluntary without prospects of any financial or material gains.
12. BANKING DETAILS
Account name: Letaba Helen Franz Bursary Scheme
Bank: Standard bank
Type: Cheque Account
Account number: 251775739
Branch: Mall of the North
Branch code: 052548
13. LIST OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
POSITION NAME OCCUPATION
Chairperson/COO: Dr. Morokolo Sathekge (Medical Practitioner)
Treasurer/Finacial Manager: Mathudi Chuma (Administrator)
Secretary: Cynthia Mamabolo (Social Worker)
Board Executive Committee
Chairperson: Dr. Obby Risiva (Medical Practitioner)
Deputy chairperson: Theodora Phalane (Pharmacist)
Secretary: Gladys Chuene (Manager)
Deputy Secretary Desiree Fisher (Organizational Secretary)
Treasurer: Charles Thupana (Business Owner)
Additional Members: Sally Hansen, Mannaseh Phoshoko
Name and Surname: Regina Sebola
Institution: Capricorn District Municipality
Capacity: Special Focus Manager
Telephone number: 015 294 1000 / 082 417 2115
1. NAME OF PROJECT: Disability Integration
2. TARGET AND PURPOSE:
Learners with physical disabilities to be integrated into mainstream high schools.
3. PROBLEM STATEMENT
The prolonged institutionalizing makes some learners with physical disabilities to develop fear and anxiety to proceed to tertiary institutions. Those that eventually go to tertiary institutions struggle to cope and to adjust to the new hostile, challenging and competitive environment. Before they could adjust, they would fail their semester academic examinations.
4. ORGANISATIONAL CAPACITY TO IMPLEMENT THE PROJECT:
Microsoft Office proficiency (as much of the Office Suite as possible)
• Typing speed
• Ability to work without supervision
• Communication skills
• Organizational skills
• Ability to multi-task
• Computer skills
• Medicare and or Medicaid knowledge
• Office Skills
• Customer service skills
• Respect the confidential nature of medical information
Excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills
• Exhibits strong leadership skills through involvement in Student Government and working as a Resident
• Knowledgeable of management field
• Proven experience in planning and delegating activities for students
• Adapt in working effectively with different types of people on all levels from students to stakeholders and staff
•A highly organized individual who is able to juggle school and work
•A team player who possesses strong interpersonal skills highlighted through participation in the disability integration sector
• Strong mathematical skills; able to analyze and efficiently interpret data.
• Proficient in using Microsoft Office
We do not have our own facilities but we are able to use the ones available for hire.
Our organization is a member of the Capricorn District Municipality disability forum. We are also a member of the cluster organization: LIMPOPO POLIHANDICAPPED REHABILITATION, EMPOWERMENT AND INTEGRATION.
- To create an enabling environment that promotes respect and gives voice and dignity to people with disabilities through advocacy
- To create enabling integrated educational environment for people with disabilities through mentoship and financial support
- To identify and forge a sustainable partnership with relenvant stakeholder
- To create economic opportunities for people with disabilities
- To develop programs and strategies that will create organizational financial sustainability
- To strengthen families of people with disabilities to cope with situations that cause vulnerability
This project seeks to accomplish the following results:
Beneficiaries able to cope well at learning environment
Proper study materials for beneficiaries
Beneficiaries being able to make career choices of studies according to their subject, interest and capacity
New beneficiaries feeling most welcome at their new school
To unleash the potential and talent of people with disabilities through partneships, advocacy, mentorship, financial support and creation of enabling integrated environment for economic opportunities nationally.
The organization identifies learners with physical disabilities who are placed at Tshilidzini, Helene Franz and Letaba Special Schools and place them at mainstream high schools (Harry Oppenheimer Agricultural, St. Brendan’s Catholic, Thohoyandou Technical and SJ van der Merwe Technical High). These should be learners who despite their physical disabilities are able to lead independent lives with minimal supervision or assistance. These are learners who display academic excellence. Furthermore the program provides mentorship to learners with disabilities in preparation for independent learning and work environment.
Facilitate integration of learners at Primary Special Schools into mainstream High schools.
Mentorship of learners with disabilities placed at mainstream institutions.
Facilitate entrance of learners with disabilities into tertiary institutions.
Facilitate placement of young people with disabilities into job markets.
Documentation of the successful model.
Participating in the local, national forums.
Identification of economic opportunities for people with disabilities.
Facilitation of discussions between parents, youth and educators.
Schools as local resources (a)
Schools such as Harry Oppenheimer Agricultural High, SJ van der Merwe Technical High, St. Brendan’s Catholic Secondary and Thohoyandou Technical High are used to implement organizational objectives. These schools are working with the organization by admitting learners from different special schools. The integration programs help mainstream society to get exposed on different needs and challenges which people with disabilities face on daily basis.
Local Businesses and People (b)
The organization depends mostly on local businesses to raise funds for execution of activities. Big companies such as Mercurius, Lamprint Polokwane etc. are funders of the organization. Individuals also assist the organization either making donation to our organization linking the organization with potential sponsors. It also depends on funds that are raised when holding our yearly bursaries awards and fund raising dinner during the national disability day celebration by recruiting people to buy tickets for the event
HOW CHILDREN PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAMME
In the year 2013 the organization placed 7 learners in different mainstream high schools. We have placed three more learners for the year 2014.
St. Brendan’s Catholic Secondary School
1 Judith Mdaka
2 Tshivhidzo Mushe
3 Portia Shai
4 Ntsako Moeng
5 Lethabo Shai
Harry Oppenheimer Agricultural High School
1 Anna Shongoane
2 Ondwela Munyamela
3 Tshanduko Ratshipanga
4 Makgafela Lloyd
5 Hlatswayo Thulaboni
6 Ratshitanga Ampfarisaho
7 Molepo Isaac
Thohoyandou Technical High School
1 Khutso Sekowe
2 Avhatakali Nekokwane
3 Mulaudzi Matodzi
4 Makhado Unarine
SJ van der Merwe Technical High School
1 Eugene Moloto
2 Yvonia Ngobeni
3 Matome Theka
There have been direct and indirect achievements. Teachers, learners, parents, and employers have benefited indirectly from our programs.
HOW COMMUNITY PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAMME
1 Over 2000 able-bodied students are exposed to living with people with disabilities on daily basis.
2 Over 100 teachers in mainstream schools are exposed to teaching learners with special needs on daily basis.
3 The organization in partnership with National Financial Aid Scheme participates in career guidance exhibitions in order to expose learners to different careers and tertiary education funding.
4 The organization has a working relationship with local youth organization namely Establishment for Comprehensive Youth Development.
5. A number of private sector companies such as Mercurius, Protea hotel, and Limprint Services are some of our regular sponsors.
6. Some members of the community help us in selling Casual Day stickers.
Community members take initiative by providing our organization with donations or linking the organization with potential sponsors.
We receive lots of support from community members in terms of availing themselves free of charge in our activities such as Career guidance Workshops.
The Disability Day events are always well supported and attended.
We also receive support during our annual Casual Day events.
Through the assistance of some community members we are able to place young disabled people in learner ships in different public job environment.
The beneficiaries at mainstream schools receive support from fellow students and teachers.
Dr. HL Moloto
Harry Oppenheimer Agricultural High School
Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) St. Brendan’s Catholic Secondary School
Ms. Khosi Mvulane
Dr. S N Ntjie
Thohoyandou Technical High School
PROTEA HOTEL LANDMARK KC Maiweshe
Helene Franz Special School
Letaba Special School
George Ntwampe Tshilidzini Special School