AAAKEE began operations in 2004, having been founded and registered as a Section 21 Company (now known as a Non Profit Company, or, NPC) in 2003. We are registered with the South African Revenue Services as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), which means we are exempt from taxes as we carry out various Public Benefit Activities, defined by SARS. As such, we are able to issue Section 18A Tax Invoices to our benefactors, so that they may claim their welcome contributions against their tax returns. Additionally, we are a Level Four Contributor to BEE.
The organisation has had quite a long history, with initial roots set in taking kids from disadvantaged backgrounds on educational excursions and day-trips/outings to various South African landmarks and other places of interest.
Each excursion, whilst filled with fun and entertainment, was primarily to educate the children, a primary factor in young, growing minds. Learn more about our Excursion Fund.
Not long after beginning operations, we identified the need to cater for these children in other various ways. Having realised the state of child malnutrition in the country, we started a new project with the primary goal of providing children’s orphanage homes non-perishable foods and other groceries. This project continues throughout each year, and consignments are made as the sufficient funds are made available. Learn more about our Food Fund.
We then began a new project, which seeks to provide school uniforms to these kids on a seasonal basis. In SA, a school uniform is required in order to attend most schools – even the lesser-funded ones. Uniforms instill a sense of discipline and pride within a school. Learn more about our Uniform Fund.
Around that time, we also introduced the Christmas Fund, where we treat the children to a Christmas party at either a selected venue, or at their own home. The children are given a full meal, along with their gifts from Santa (or as otherwise applicable, depending on the age group of the children).
Then, in 2012, having looked at the state of education in communities and schools, we introduced the Active Education Fund (once known as the Active Learning Drive). Its initial purpose was to provide quality learning materials to children who needed them the most. Included in most provisions are text-books and accompanying activity books, novels, education-centric magazines, and more.
We then decided to start something that would boost education in children’s homes, and even communities. Most children’s homes are not equipped with some sort of learning centre, where children have access to a broad array of knowledge. As such, we decided to draft plans to construct Active Media Centres (AMCs) for the ones in our local community that do not have them. Each centre would be equipped with the already-mentioned learning materials, plus at least three computers connected to the internet, and with pre-installed education-centric software and games.
We are yet to build the first AMC for an enlisted beneficiary, as we are still plannin the project. As soon as more details are concrete, they will be made available via our Journal, and the official page for the Active Education Fund.