Hillcrest Advice Bureau and Bursary Fund is set up to enable academically gifted but severely poor and disadvantaged young people to enter careers through educational qualifications thereby breaking the poverty cycle for themselves and their families as well as providing economic and social contributions to society, i.e. A Better South Africa, One Degree at a time…
Four voluntary members and 1 part time employee work to meet three needs within the disadvantaged rural communities of the Valley of 1000 Hills in KwaZulu Natal. The administration costs are less than 2% of income as follows:
ADVICE: R7 800 per annum
Application for id’s, social grants etc. (1 part time employee)
ACCESS TO SCHOOL EDUCATION: R25000 per annum
Helping the very poorest children to be allowed into school by providing uniforms. These children are identified by social workers and teachers.
ACCESS TO TERTIARY EDUCATION: R550 000 per annum
Helping young people who meet our stringent criteria after interview to overcome the financial hurdles to tertiary education.
Over 90% of our students achieve the tertiary education qualification which they set out to get. We believe this is because we are a small group able to provide personal ‘in loco parentis’ coaching. We meet very regularly with our students and monitor their progress closely.