By: Melusi Mahlaba

Through capacity building workshops and follow-ups meeting with provided by the Democracy Development Program (DDP), the Lindelani Youth Forum (LYF) organization have managed to achieve more in 2018. Below are the 2018 achievements.

According to the Founder and chairperson Melusi Mahlaba, LFY has been writing proposals left, right and center for the past 2 years, trying to raise funds for their organization.

“After we attended DDP capacity building workshops in the past years, the way we write our request for funding/support have positively change. We have been continuously in contact with DDP team for assistance and advises where required and they are always there to respond to our requests and advised us wisely.

Attending DDP stakeholder engagements has assisted us to have a better and formal way of engaging with our stakeholders and that led to the organization getting a R60 000.00 funding for 2018-2019 financial year from the Department of Social development”, said Mahlaba.

Melusi believes that with the assistance from DDP and other stakeholders and with the fundraising knowledge they have accumulated from DDP engagements/workshops, this has enabled them to raise and donate more than 300 sanitary pads to over 150 school girls in Mandlakazulu School as part of 67 minutes of Mandela deeds.

“We have been able to engage with different stakeholder around KZN and Created sustainable partnerships with them, which is also what is always been part of the workshops to make sure that whenever we meet new people we need to engage and create business relationships.

We met some of the stakeholders at the DDP events and we met some outside DDP but we always make sure we use learnings and strategies we learned from DDP to build those sustainable relationships”, he said.

He added that in one of the Civic educator’s engagements DDP invited the organization called HAND IN HAND SA and they engaged, they then assisted 10 of our beneficiaries with bursaries and the other 15 were assisted with employment opportunities.

 Melusi Mahlaba is a proud DDP Civic Educator and Associate Facilitator.

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