Gift of the Givers is a collaborative project in which Elementary, Middle School, and High School students came together to raise funds and donations to provide water for people in rural areas affected by South Africa’s severe drought. Partnering with Gift of the Givers, the largest disaster response NGO originating out of Africa, these groups were able to purchase and fill approximately 250 x 20 litter plastic water containers and deliver them to rural South African communities with support from the Baobab Fund.
BAOBAB FUND APPLICATION PROCESS
All AISJ students in Pre-K through Grade 12 are eligible for funds and are strongly encouraged to apply. Classes and student groups may also apply for funds to support their service projects.
To apply for funds, the individual, class, or group requesting funds must first complete the Baobab Fund Service Project Proposal. Proposals are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, so there is no set deadline for proposals to be submitted.
Each proposal undergoes a review to determine if the proposal is eligible for funds and the amount of funds to be approved. High School proposals are reviewed by the Service Learning Council under the guidance of the Service Learning Divisional Representatives and the Service Learning Coordinator. Elementary and Middle School proposals are reviewed by the Service Learning Divisional Representatives and the Service Learning Coordinator in conjunction with the Faculty Supervisor and occasionally the Principal. After the first review, feedback may be given to the applicant(s) and additional details may be requested via email before funds will be approved. Generally, proposals are reviewed within 7-14 days of being submitted.
Each proposal is unique and a number of considerations are taken into account by the Service Learning team to determine the amount of funds that are granted for each proposal.
Considerations for distribution of funds:
- Is the project student driven?
- Does the project meet a community need?
- What are the expected outcomes of the project?
- How will the project be assessed?
- What resources are needed to successfully complete the project?
- Number of fund requests schoolwide
- Number of fund requests from each division (ES, MS, HS, and Pretoria) and the appropriate distribution of funds across divisions
- Distribution of funds over the school year
- Funds must be used towards a project and are never as cash donations
All funds leftover at the end of the year rollover to the following school year.
SUPPORT THE BAOBAB FUND
With the support from generous donors ranging from individuals, school organizations, and corporate donors, the Baobab Fund provides the resources necessary to continue building sustainable partnerships and making a difference in the lives of many. AISJ invites businesses and community members to join us in a collaborative effort to engage students in meaningful service projects and create sustainable partnerships with the greater community.
To contribute to the Baobab Fund, please contact Tara Barton - Service Learning Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations and contributions are tax deductible.
The Johannesburg and Pretoria Parent Associations are ongoing supporters of Baobab Foundation and the school recognizes their significant contributions and support of service learning at AISJ over the years.