INMED Partnerships for Children rescues children from the immediate and irreversible harm of disease, hunger, abuse, neglect, violence or instability and prepares them to shape a brighter future for themselves and the next generation. INMED’s vision is to transform the future for generations of children by building continuity of support from infancy to adulthood.
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INMED invites everyone around the world to cheer on Khunedi Mashishi as she competes in the South Africa’s junior national cross country championship today. Khunedi is an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Paradise Bend Primary School, an INMED Health In Action (HIA) school in in Diepsloot Gauteng. Khunedi is an amazing young athlete who loves to compete in the 3km long distance race. She runs so fast, in fact, that her school mates have nicknamed her Caster after 2016 Olympic Gold Medal runner Caster Samenya.
Khunedi knows a little something about gold herself, having brought home a regional gold medal in her age group for Gauteng. Getting to the national competition in Nelsruit, however, appeared out of reach for Khunedi, who comes from an impoverished household. The funds required for travel and accommodations for the event were cost prohibitive even for her school to provide.
“When INMED South Africa heard about Khunedi, we stepped up to sponsor her for the event, providing her track suit, uniform, travel and accommodations,” notes INMED SA Operations Director Janet Ogilvie. Khunedi also will be sporting an INMED tee-shirt, cap and water bottle. “As Paradise Bend is one of INMED’s Health in Action Schools, we felt the sponsorship reflected our ethos of nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyles as a foundation for success.… Read the rest
INMED Partnerships for Children is pleased to announce that the Loudoun Impact Fund has awarded a $10,000 grant to our Opportunity Center in Sterling, VA. The Loudoun Impact Fund is a giving circle of engaged Loudoun County donors managed in partnership by the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. The Fund invests strategically in Loudoun County to support education, the arts, the environment and the needs of Loudoun families, children and youth.
We are honored to be selected for this generous donation. The funding will be used to support the Opportunity Center as a safe haven for children at risk of abuse, neglect, violence, failing or dropping out of school, becoming homeless or worse. The Loudoun Impact Fund grant will allow us to expand our After-School Program, educational and skills development classes, homelessness intervention and prevention initiatives and other offerings to build brighter futures for needy children right in our back yard. THANK YOU!… Read the rest
It’s a very big deal to students at the Carel De Wet Technical High School in Vanderbijlpark, South Africa. The beans are among a variety of produce grown in the first commercial-sized aquaponics system installed by INMED Partnerships for Children in South Africa. Sponsored by Air Products, this system has produced fresh food and income for the school since 2012. INMED South Africa’s Adaptive Agriculture experts, Khumbudzo Manyaga and Petrus Tsotetsi, have provided ongoing training to students in the school’s agriculture program on the system’s construction and maintenance. It’s part of INMED’s mission to entice young people back into farming in this region hard hit by global climate change. Students who pass an aquaponics exam at the end of the year receive a certificate from INMED.
Earlier this month, this system was turned over to the school, which is renting it to a local entrepreneur who is interested in developing green methods of farming. Jan Abraham Moolman of Juicy Greens will allow the school to continue using the system as an educational tool and will donate a percentage of produce sales back to the school. It’s a shining example of how INMED’s goal of building healthy children ripples out into the community to spur jobs and innovation.… Read the rest