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Big Skies Foundation is a non-profit company which aims to act as a catalyst and platform for meaningful, tangible change in often overlooked, rural communities in South Africa, by championing young people's education and supporting their associated schools.
PEOPLE. MEANING. CHANGE.
With it’s roots in the vast and remote Northern Cape fringe of the Karoo, Big Skies Foundation focuses on:
Supporting education through academic support and enrichment
Developing schools, renovating and building school buildings, and supplying equipment and facilities;
Offering bursaries, guidance, support and advice to young people; and
Engaging in and supporting community development projects which help people to ‘outgrow’ poverty and build better and more secure futures.
We invite contributions towards fulfilling the foundation’s purpose by way of skills, time and funding.
We are committed to being 100% transparent in respect of the foundation’s financial affairs. Any interested party is welcome to inspect the foundation’s annual financial statements which are available on request.
We will fund projects both conservatively and thoughtfully and in a manner which most benefits the individual and the community.
The seeds of Big Skies Foundation can be found in a joint effort between Roux Pecans and Rhumveld Winter & Konijn B.V. to provide assistance to Grange Primêr at Witput, the local farm school closest to Roux Pecans, in the form of funding for basic school supplies and the upgrade of dilapidated school buildings.
Having witnessed the difference these initial efforts made, and with desire to do more, a registered non profit company – Big Skies Foundation – was subsequently incorporated in South Africa, to create an appropriate vehicle to further the work already done in uplifting the access and quality of education in the local area.
While we continue to focus funds towards Grange Primêr, the establishment of Big Skies Foundation means that we can set our sights on more long-term and enduring initiatives that can tackle the educational enrichment of individuals and rural communities more purposively.
Big Skies Foundation is led by a team of four friends, passionate about bringing together their skills and experiences from across the agricultural, financial, legal and marketing professions.
All our administration and fundraising is done by ourselves and our friend and partner network, on a pro bono and voluntary basis. This means all our income goes straight to our educational projects.