Education is not a way to escape poverty, it is a way to fight it
education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
It always seems impossible until it is done
curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect
WELCOME TO SUMBANDILA
In Venda – the language of the majority of our Sumbandila students –“ Sumbandila” means “show the way.” Since 2008, the staff and students at Sumbandila have dedicated themselves to doing just that –“ showing the way.”
WHO WE ARE
Sumbandila is an educational non-profit. We operate predominantly in rural Limpopo, South Africa and we believe in the transformative power of education.
WHAT WE DO
We select extraordinary children from backgrounds of extreme poverty and offer them a world-class education alongside a strong mentorship program. Our ultimate goal is to help build future leaders who will make significant contributions to their communities and country.
HOW WE RAISE FUNDS
We have 2 entities: Sumbandila Scholarship Trust is a registered South African NPO under license 080-267-NPO and relies entirely on sponsorships and donations. We have a United States based nonprofit called Sumbandila with 501(c)3 tax exempt status and EIN 82-0977543 that directs funding to our program. We are in the process of setting up a charitable trust in the UK & Europe, in the interim donations from the UK & Europe can be directed here. We gratefully accept donations from across the globe.
WHAT WE DO
Sumbandila aims to find intelligent and determined children from extremely deprived rural backgrounds and take them on an eight-year educational journey, with the long-term goal of creating leaders and entrepreneurs who can effect much needed change in our society and economy.
Sumbandila places a high emphasis on much-needed skills like mathematics, science and technology but also recognises the importance of literacy, arts and humanities.
We do this via three distinct programs
Full residential scholarships at Ridgeway College
Saturday and holiday schools (our “Exceptionals”)
University admission and support.
These are the goals and the workings of Sumbandila and how we impact the lives of of our scholars.