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Long Term Solutions

The approach used by the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation is more than a simple bursary 'hand out'. Rather, it is one of the few long term solutions to the challenge of recruiting and retaining quality health care professionals for South Africa's rural areas. Research has shown that health professionals are more likely to choose to work in a rural hospital if that is they orginate, or if they are exposed to the realities of rural health care delivery whilst doing their university training.

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Working Together

We have numerous significant partnerships including funders, the Department of Health, the community but the most important in terms of implementing the programme is the local hospital. Together with the rural hospital, we identify, train and support rural youth to become qualified health professionals, who in turn commit to work at the local hospital for their contract period.

The hospitals are instrumental in identifying, training and supporting members of the local youth on their quest to become health professionals. To ensure that this process goes as smoothly as possible certain important processes have to be in place.

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Success So Far

The UYDF has produced 185 graduates and currently supports 205 students studying a wide range of health science disciplines - Medicine, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Biomedical Technology, Social Work, Optometry, Dental Therapy, Dentistry, Environmental Health, Speech Therapy, Social Work, Nursing, Radiology and Psychology.

We believe the success of the programme is due to the comprehensive student mentoring system that provides students with academic and social mentoring throughout the course of their studies. The impact of the mentoring system can be seen in the pass rates of our students. A 93 % university pass rate was achieved in 2015 and 94% in 2016.

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Umthombo 0009We have kicked off 2019 with new opportunities for you to give a rural student a way out of poverty - with grants starting at R300, up to a complete student sponsorship. Here are three reasons for you to support a student in 2019:

  • Change an individual's future: You can open a sustainable way out of poverty for a young student from Kwa-Zulu-Natal - a direct, individual support with no administration fees involved.
  • Change the future of a rural community: To date, we have produced 337 graduates who are working in rural hospitals and thus improving the local health care.
  • Change the future of the country: Invest in South Africa's (economic) future and create a future taxpayer - the cost of training 254 graduates (in 2015) of R186 million is tiny compared to the future income tax of R1,2 billion that will be paid over a graduates lifetime.

These are your options for being a significant part of a life changing opportunity for a young student:

  • Stationary and study materials grant: 20 US$
  • Book grant: 50 US$
  • Lifeskills seminar grant (financial knowledge, use of power, mental health, substance abuse prevention, social media): 140 US$
  • Laptop grant: 200 US$
  • Partial Student Support Sponsorship, including a significant contribution to tuition and accommodation fees, academic and mentoring support, book and food allowance, holiday work stipend & a lifeskills seminar attendance for one student - either for a full year (US$ 4.200) or a month (US$ 350). You are also able to select a minor amount for support.
  • Full Student Sponsorship, including tuition and accommodation fees, academic and mentoring support, book and food allowance, holiday work stipend & a lifeskills seminar attendance for one student - either for a full year (US$ 8.400) or a month (US$ 700). You are also able to select a minor amount for support.
  • ...or pick your own amount - one-off or on a monthy base!

Of course you could also choose to become a fundraiser on behalf of a student: collect donations for your next birthday, marathon or Christmas party. We'll be happy to provide you with further details of the impact of our work, including statistics to share with others as well provide information about an individual student to support.

Check out our new campaigns and change a life!

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