The annual South African Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards acknowledges individuals who go the extra mile to make a sustainable social change in South Africa.
Jan and Anna-Marie Kaars-Sijpesteijn, from HELP - Homework Enrichment Life Skills Programme - received a well-deserved accolade at the esteemed 2014 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards last Thursday evening (06 November 2014) which was hosted at the Zip Zap Circus School Dome in Cape Town. The philanthropists received the award in recognition of their Cape Town based afterschool educational programme, HELP based in Muizenberg.
“It’s an absolute honour to be presented with the Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for Support in Education. At HELP we believe that education is essential to create a confident and productive society, a more stable country and a better future for South Africa as a whole. We operate in disadvantaged areas in and around Cape Town by giving promising learners a chance to unearth their potential through our afterschool programmes. Our scholarship house, HELP House, situated in Muizenberg is a hub of educational activity. In the four years that we have been operational, we have succeeded in getting five scholarships for learners and obtained yet another one for next year for a student from Capricorn / Vrygrond,” says Anna-Marie Kaars-Sijpesteijn, Founder and CEO of HELP.
“Thank you to all our volunteers – the soul of HELP – without them this award would not have been possible. We would like to congratulate our fellow nominees with their amazing projects and the change they make in our country,” adds Kaars–Sijpesteijn.