(October 2012)

We are very pleased to announce that the Fig Tree Foundation has awarded The Strongest Oak Foundation a grant of $10,000 to fund our internship programme in Rwanda.
 
Recognizing that there is a visible gap between education and meaningful employment in Africa, TSO developed an internship programme in which we recruit local employers to provide part-time, relevant work to our Strongest Oaks while the Oaks attend school at a local university or vocational college. The programme is a win-win situation: the employer receives talented labour at a subsidized cost while the Oak gains the practical work experience required to secure a job or launch a micro-venture after graduation.

The Fig Tree Foundation grant enables us to sponsor five new Oaks who, in exchange for their work for the employer, will receive a stipend to fund their living expenses. Employers will be required to contribute between 10-20% of the stipend cost, and the remaining cost will be in the form of a loan that is to be repaid by the Oak. Proceeds from the loan repayment (principal and interest) will circulate back into TSO and be pooled for investment in future Oak internships. The Oak’s educational expenses will be generously covered by scholarships from TSO's local partner, Survivors Fund (SURF).

We would like to thank the Fig Tree Foundation not only for their generous grant but also for the valuable recommendations they made to help us refine our internship programme.

The Fig Tree Foundation is a Calgary-based initiative that seeks to foster collaboration among people and organizations involved in International Aid and Development.

Survivor’s Fund (SURF) works with survivor’s organisations to develop and deliver, fundraise and advocate for, monitor and evaluate programmes to deliver justice, rebuild the lives and empower survivors of the Rwandan genocide.

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