Our response to Covid-19

This global pandemic is a stark reminder that no matter who we are or where we come from, we are all in this together. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been working to refine our operations to uphold and even improve support for our grantee partners. Read the letter from our President for more information.

Our online 2020 annual report is here!

Check it out here! It is filled with stories and videos about our grantee partners and the wonderful work that they do. Below you will find download links to the interactive online version and the printable version of the report. If you have any feedback, please let us know.

Our latest stories

Safeguarding as a culture: the story of Heartlines

What does child safeguarding mean for a media organisation with little direct contact with children? That was the question that Heartlines, a social impact organisation in South Africa contemplated during its safeguarding training. Steven Wetton from Give a Child a Family, Oak’s safeguarding partner in the southern Africa region, supported Heartlines to develop their child safeguarding approach.

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Teaching children skills to help them succeed in life

The importance of interpersonal relationships has perhaps never been more evident than during the Covid-19 pandemic, when many students attended school online or in-person only part-time. To tackle the problem of isolation among students during the pandemic, Van Ness adapted the Whole Child Model for remote and hybrid settings. As school closures created national demand for this approach, its team worked with Transcend to launch an open-source site to share the Whole Child Model with schools across the country.

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Watch our latest video

Studies show that students learn better with more physical activity. The Walking Classroom is a national award-winning education programme in the US that provides students and teachers with an innovative way to get exercise without sacrificing instructional time. Its “Walk, Listen, and Learn” methodology capitalises on the favourable link between exercise and cognitive function. It has now developed over 165 educational podcasts that cover various topics such as language, arts, science, history and more.


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