WELCOME TO SUMBANDILA

In Venda – the language of the majority of our Sumbandila students –“ Sumbandila” means “show the way.” Since 2008, the staff and students at Sumbandila have dedicated themselves to doing just that –“ showing the way.”

WHO WE ARE

Sumbandila is an educational non-profit. We operate predominantly in rural Limpopo, South Africa and we believe in the transformative power of education.

WHAT WE DO

We select extraordinary children from backgrounds of extreme poverty and offer them a world-class education alongside a strong mentorship program. Our ultimate goal is to help build future leaders who will make significant contributions to their communities and country.

HOW WE RAISE FUNDS

We have 2 entities: Sumbandila Scholarship Trust is a registered South African NPO under license 080-267-NPO and relies entirely on sponsorships and donations. We have a United States based nonprofit called Sumbandila with 501(c)3 tax exempt status and EIN 82-0977543 that directs funding to our program. We are in the process of setting up a charitable trust in the UK & Europe, in the interim donations from the UK & Europe can be directed here.  We gratefully accept donations from across the globe.

A HUNGER FOR EDUCATION

OUR GALLERY

WHAT WE DO

Sumbandila aims to find intelligent and determined children from extremely deprived rural backgrounds and take them on an eight-year educational journey, with the long-term goal of creating leaders and entrepreneurs who can effect much needed change in our society and economy.

Sumbandila places a high emphasis on much-needed skills like mathematics, science and technology but also recognises the importance of literacy, arts and humanities.

We do this via three distinct programs

Full residential scholarships at Ridgeway College

Saturday and holiday schools (our “Exceptionals”)

University admission and support.

RESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP

These are the goals and the workings of Sumbandila and how we impact the lives of of our scholars.

EXCEPTIONALS (OUTLIERS)

We do this because it works, and we transform the lives of these students forever, not only their lives, but the lives and communities around them.

HOLIDAY SCHOOL

This program was established to aid those students who do not qualify for our residential boarding program but have the talent and grit to learn more part time.

UNIVERSITY SUPPORT

We really appreciate involvement from our local community and our greater global community.  Please learn how you can make a difference.

"A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination.
But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen,
then you have something very special"
Nelson Mandela

NEWS & EVENTS

COVID-19 EFFECTS ON SUMBANDILA