The underlying principle of all ZCBF initiatives is that of self-sustainability. The ZCBF was set up as a facilitating agent meant to bring projects together with the people and funding to make them happen, nurture them to independence, then step back and watch them grow. This has not always been as simple as it sounds, and in the past this lead to the ZCBF becoming involved with the ongoing management of projects for extended periods of time, often becoming over-extended in terms of its resources. Over the past two to three years, there has been a strong focus on consolidation in the interest of the future sustainability of the organisation, and many of the early ZCBF initiatives and partnership projects are now operating independently.
Ithembalempilo HIV AIDS Project
The Ithembalempilo HIV/ AIDS project feeds more than 300 families in the Ndabayakhe area. Whilst they are funded by the government, they normally have a deficit in their operational budget. The project runs a soup kitchen and distributes food parcels to the needy. They had requested ZCBF to assist with preparation of the funding proposal. The proposal had been completed and will be submitted to the local businesses for funding.