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How are we funded?

Overview

TOP Banana started as an idea from which a strategy was formed. From the outset, we knew that funding would be challenging and took it upon ourselves to raise our own funds by holding raffles, casino nights, charity rugby matches etc whilst numerous individuals raised funds on our behalf through, for example running triathlons. We sourced donations of clothes, toys and similar items that we took from the UK to Botswana in Shipping Containers.

Once in Botswana, we approached local businesses that donated materials, services and gave technical advice to facilitate our growth. We made countless funding applications and have reached the end of Phase 2 of our strategy. This sees the end of our infrastructure investment and is a time for us to focus on the four elements of the project and maximise the impact that they have. Phase 3 will be decided by the local community and TOP Banana management over the next 12 – 36 months. In essence, the community must decide what is right for them and decisions must be led from the "bottom-up" rather than from the "top-down".

We are exceptionally grateful for all the support we have received and hope that on behalf of the people who have directly benefitted, we have been gracious in displaying our sincere gratitude.

Our focus now is on sourcing funds to cover running costs and ensure sustainability. We have a Gala Dinner each October in Leicester with CVS (http://www.cvscharity.co.uk) and have events like the Trans Africa Challenge (http://www.transafricachallenge.com) that really add significant value and increase our propensity to positively impact the lives of people in need.

We have a separate campaign of "3000 people helping 3000 people" and hope that what we are doing is sufficiently inspiring for you contribute. We believe that asking for £1 per month is affordable and insignificant to a lot of people. We know that it is very significant to the people of Tshesebe. As their voice, we offer many thanks in advance.

How can I help?

Volunteer

We are currently looking for 3 volunteers at TOP Banana

1. Manager, TOP Banana

The project was managed by the founder from the outset until 2010. Since then, it was managed by a South African couple. Unfortunately, they have had to leave because of a serious illness. We are now seeking someone to lead the entire project. They will be tasked with the following headline tasks  Ensuring the project is run effectively and efficiently in line with existing governance.  Liaison and close collaboration with our board, village leadership, donors and relevant representatives with local and central government.  Mentoring and leading the management team with a view to ensuring the sustainability of the project.  Implementing and managing techniques to monitor and evaluate the project.

2. Manager, Sewing Business

This person will develop this business from an existing solid platform and develop a sustainable and profit making business.

3. Manager, Pre-School

This person will be responsible for the development of a pre-school. They will work with local carers, mentoring them for sustainability whilst ensure the proper care of children. They will also set up daily schedules that prepare children for school.

If you are interested in a life changing experience and can commit to at least a year, we would be very happy to speak with you (contact details below)

LinkClick here for a Volunteer Information Pack

The following link takes you to the blog of one of our volunteers:

http://beta.offexploring.com/laurasgonebananas

Make a one-off donation

If you would like to make a one-off donation, our bank account details are below

We offer our sincere thanks in advance of your support.

UK Bank account details:

Barclays Bank, The Parade, Oadby, Leicester.
Account name: TOP Banana
Account number: 80962856
Sort Code: 20-49-08

LinkClick Here for Our UK Gift AID Form

Contribute monthly

If you prefer to make a monthly, our bank account details are below

We offer our sincere thanks in advance of your support.

UK Bank account details:

Barclays Bank, The Parade, Oadby, Leicester.
Account name: TOP Banana
Account number: 80962856
Sort Code: 20-49-08

LinkClick Here for Our UK Gift AID Form

For more information on any of these, please contact Rick Hall on either of the following:

Email: rick@botswanabanana.com
Email: rickhalluk@yahoo.co.uk
UK phone: +44(0) 7889 532432
Skype: rickbotswana




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Vehicles being donated and delivered to TOP Banana.

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Date Posted: 04 / 03 / 12

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