Vocational Impact is committed to international development projects, working with key corporate partners to improve the sustainability of all our project partners. We work in a circular economic way, meaning we invest everything back into the charities we work with.
All our projects are founded, managed and developed by locals. We provide essential funding to support running costs, local salaries and sustainability.
We work with partner organisations that are all specialists in the areas they operate. All our partner organisations are selected because of the important work they are doing and they are run by impressive humanitarians.
In South Africa, where HIV/AIDS is still incredibly prevalent, we work with three organisations that support communities affected by the 290,000 new cases each year.
We are an NGO led organisation, providing support for their development and finding students that have skills that local organisations identify. We are acting on their guidance and needs and assist with their development where we can provide additional information and funding.
South Africa Supported Projects
1) SA Project 1 is an outreach programme supporting 350 families and child-headed households. They are supported by corporate partners and third party charities, who recognise their work helping children affected with HIV with their ongoing education and psychological needs.
2) SA Project 2 is an NGO in Johannesburg, and offers residential, holistic care and support for mothers and their children whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS. It aims to improve the productivity of their residents through providing access to medical care, therapy, education and skill building workshops. The goal is to empower residents while providing a safe, dignified home in hopes that all mothers and children are able to become responsible and contributing members of society.
3) SA Project 3 works on behalf of children who have been sexually abused, to minimise their risk of HIV infection at the point of rescue, ensure their health and wellbeing, and bring their perpetrators to justice. Driven by the passion and fearlessness of its staff, most of whom are survivors of abuse themselves, they deal with the unthinkable every day to bring an end to the exploitation of vulnerable children. Its rescue, outreach, and awareness-raising programmes deliver a multi-pronged approach to fighting the issue of abuse. Recently, the project has expanded to new communities, holding training and awareness-raising events, and increasing dialogue concerning the rights of children in South African courts.
Ghana | India
1) GH Project 1 is a unique environment for learning and creative exploration. Our mission is to support development by facilitating projects and programs that demonstrate the intersections between art, culture, design, health and sustainable development through literacy. We define literacy as the ability to read, write, and comprehend the written and spoken word.
2) GH Project 2 makes a long term positive change to communities and the lives of disadvantaged children using our projects to improve as many lives as possible whilst providing the opportunity for them to have great fun at the same time. They link up with training hospitals, and education facilities that support street children into school.
1) IN Project 1 is an outreach community initiative working with mums to develop their employability and entrepreneur skills. There is also links with local hospitals and health clinics, and university research projects in Anthropology and International Development. With over 20 years of partnership between us and them, we have secured an opportunity to explore India from the heart.
As Vocational Impact operates under UK registered charity, Arms Around The Child and their accountability, monitoring and evaluation protocols, we are therefore governed by the UK Charity Commission, a Trust Deed, and Board of Trustees, who have legal obligations to oversee operations.
Each partner organisation is registered in their own country. These are governed by their own country’s regulations. Each country has their own guidelines and we do not partner with any organisation that isn’t a registered or recognised charity/NGO.
AATC charity registration number: 1123038 | AATC USA charity register: 501c3
The Vocational Impact project partners are the guiding force for all development, we are a service provider for them. They set out their needs and we develop communication channels to find appropriate students to support the project goals. Therefore the success of the project is a constant and joint conversation around project gaps and needs.
Once we have established a regular pattern of visiting volunteers to each project, the unrestricted donation we provide the project is then a sustainable and reliable donation stream. We aim to provide a minimum number of visiting volunteers per month to each of our partner projects, bringing in enough donations to cover our partner organisations basic running costs.
The direct donation is put towards the hosting costs incurred by the project and goes towards their general running costs. This means we gather the running accounts and budgets for each project, and ensure the donations are being spent on necessities, electricity, petrol, food, education materials, staff, exam fees, school fees, medical bills etc. We help them look for ways to increase donations, plan and match-fund for larger development or building projects.
We ensure a yearly visit to all our project partners to continue to build relationships, trust and spend time with them. We find new projects based on local suggestions and connections. We evaluate their aims, objectives and goals and listen to their needs. We then design placements around their key objectives, finding students that are focusing on that key area or have an interest in taking on similar projects to combine effort, understanding, knowledge and skill.
You can also read many student testimonials about their day-to-day activities and roles whilst on a Vocational Impact programme. We interview every returning volunteer, and require a mid-placement feedback form to be completed. This way we can evaluate whilst they are on placement what activities they have been involved with and act accordingly.
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