MEDO has joined the funding organisation, GivenGain to allow excited philanthropists to form part of our exciting projects focused on economic development of all three spheres. We currently focus on the technical skills of high school women, starting entrepreneurs in hard to reach communities, and budding businesses ready to start international trading. This funding project is run under SEDO is the Socio-Economic Development Organisation (Non Profit Company) and has been operating since 2012. The focus of the organisation is job creation, with the focus on un-served or under-served communities.
The first project that we are running the campaign for, the Women in STEM Space Programme currently runs in Western Cape and effectively aims to reach 600 students a year through one day workshops that teaches them basic electronic skills to effectively build a robot. 4 Times a year we also take a select group of young women on a week-long bootcamp which is electronics and telecommunication intensive and sees them launching small self-built satellites with the help of high altitude balloons. MEDO has bought the first privately owned satellite (and will be launching one every year until 2020, an this acts as driving force to the programme.
The second project is 1.stop.capetown Treppie Tours where we bring business development workshops to under-served communities in the City of Cape Town bringing entrepreneurship and enterprise development. Treppie (short for “Entrepreneur”) is a mobile business centre and training facility. The team delivers Opportunity Recognition workshops and one-day Introduction to Business workshops, business skills training and introductions to markets. In eleven weeks of Treppie Tours the team has assisted 1 160 aspiring entrepreneurs. The MEDO Centre in Cape Town provides a full suite of support, delivering the MEDO International Trade and Supplier Development Programmes. Six visits to Great Britain have introduced Treppie beneficiaries to international opportunities, and supplier engagements have been facilitated across South Africa.
The final project is of course our famed International Trade Programme. MEDO has been running the International Trade Programme between South Africa and the United Kingdom successfully since 2011. This programme is the most effective and successful to be run from South Africa (DTI sources) as entrepreneurs are key to economic growth. The values portrayed through the programme are aligned with corporate cultures and brands wanting to support the success of small businesses in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Follow the link below to MEDO’s exciting projects where you can choose a funding option that will fit your wallet and needs, whether it be a double digit amount or even the sponsoring of a whole programme. See how you can play a part in building South Africa’s economy one job at a time.