The Chole Mjini Trust Fund is a UK registered charity (charity no. 1136480). All our documentation is up-to-date with the Charity Commission (March 2013). Please click on the links for the Trust's accounts for 2010, 2011 and 2102.
The Trust liaises with the Harambee Committee on Chole, which is responsible for allocating funds; the picture at the top of every page on this website shows the Harambee Committee in session. Harambee is a Kiswahili word meaning "pulling together", making it an appropriate title for this committee; the word has received far wider currency as a result of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Details of the committee and its composition are included in the annual report - see below.
The Trust only makes grants to projects on Chole when a costed plan which has been approved by the Harambee Committee is received. The plan has to set out proposed spending in detail; for example, a Learning Centre teacher for six months at Tsh120,000 per month, or 40 Form 1 - 4 bursaries for six months at Tsh100,000. Once approved by the Trustees funds are then transferred to a dedicated bank account on Mafia which Anne de Villiers oversees. If for any reason funds which have been requested are not in fact required (for example, because for some reason a child does not take up a place at school) then the funds are retained rather than being reallocated, and are accounted for when the next plan is presented.
The biggest single funding commitment is to secondary education, and the Harambee Committee has established criteria that are strictly applied for a child to be eligible. All meetings of the Harambee Committee are properly minuted.
The accounts of the Harambee Committee are independently audited. Clicking on these links will show the 2009, 2010 and 2011 audit reports. As part of a process of fostering continuus improvement and financial discipline the 2011 audit report includes recommendations for improved accounting procedures. The Harambee Committee's annual reports are also available - please click on 2009, 2010 or 2011.