The Mfudumalo Foundation is the brainchild of Nicholas Ntshentshe, Moses Ntsie and Mpho Motseo, childhood friends who came together in 2014, to find a way to give back to the community they grew up in – Klipfontein. After some back and forth, the friends agreed to create the Mfudumalo Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the development and upskilling of Klipfontein’s underprivileged youth. The rest, as they say, is history.
The name Mfudumalo means ‘warmth’, reflective of the foundation’s mission to provide warmth and shelter to those who are most in need. Six years on, Mfudulalo is firmly embedded in the hearts and minds of local residents, helping them to devise a range of solutions to the socio-economic ills that plague the community.
Over the last few years, the Foundation has forged strategic partnerships with like-minded, stakeholders, who share in their commitment to eradicate the diverse layers of poverty faced by the youth. Currently, the foundation focuses on three core areas, namely agriculture, ICT and infrastructure development. The agriculture portfolio equips individuals with relevant skills and experience required for prospective careers in the agriculture industry. In contrast, the ICT portfolio provides youth with the skills needed to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution. Lastly, the infrastructure development portfolio imparts artisanal skills and training to the communities unemployed.
One of the foundations most recent projects was a food and supply drive for local community members severely affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Mfudumalo partnered with the Attacq Foundation, Waterfall City and the Waterfall Management Company, raising a total of R227 500 in donations, all of which was used to buy food hampers for those in need. Communities that benefitted from the drive were Klipfontein View, Jukskei View, The New Jerusalem Children’s Home and Nellmaphius (Mamelodi).
This is not the first time that the Mfudumalo has partnered with the Attacq Foundation. In 2019 they partook in the Turn the Page project, an initiative done in partnership with the Mall of Africa and Global Citizen, in which 60 grade six learners, from the Gideon Rambuwani Combined School, were taught the love of reading and books as well as the Pad Donation Drive in which the Attacq Foundation, donated over 800 packets of Sanitary Towels to Grade 8 and 12 learners of Maphutha Secondary School.
“Six years on the Mfudumalo Foundation is making important strides in the upliftment of the local the community, “We’ve been fortunate to partner with brands and businesses the understand our vision and lifelong commitment to give back to the community we grew up. The road has been long, and there is still certainly much to do, but we’ve been lucky to have met like-minded individuals share in our vision of eradicating poverty in our lifetime,” Nicholas Ntshentshe Director at Mfudumalo Foundation.