It is unusual to be in a position to make a meaningful difference to the lives of scholars, communities and endangered wildlife species and yet this is exactly what the Spirit Foundation does. Since its establishment in 1994, the year of our founding democracy, the Spirit Foundation has helped to provide meaningful life chances to many hundreds of scholars from disadvantaged communities through the funding and support of the Spirit Education Foundation. The most rewarding outcome of this is to witness the success of SF scholars in later life and for them to begin giving back.
Our country carries the indelible scars of the past and so the Spirit Community Foundation works hard to improve the conditions of disadvantaged communities in a way that empowers them towards self-upliftment. We see this as an investment in our country’s future.
We are also increasingly conscious of the fragility of our environment and the threat to our biodiversity; thus, the Spirit Wildlife Foundation works tirelessly to help sustain our threatened iconic species, most specifically rhino, elephant and white lion.
As you will read, this Spirit Foundation newsletter is packed full of information, key developments and achievements of all those involved in our full range of programmes and is a way of bringing our donors and supporters up to speed on how we are applying their generosity.
It also provides an opportunity to invite our readers to become supporters of the Spirit Foundation, particularly as every cent of each donation goes into programmes, rather than overhead, which is generously covered by the Spirit Group.
I wish to thank our Chairman, Ian Kilbride, our trustees, our programme facilitators and most of all our donors and supporters for making the Spirt Foundation the unique treasure it is.
Enjoy the read!
Dr Armand Bam, Managing Director of The Spirit Foundation