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We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives

Our kind of financial director!

Name of staff member: Thando Makamo Ntoi

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

What is your background?

My background is in Corporate Finance and Strategy. I have an Honors Degree in Business Finance and also majored in Accounting and Information Systems. I am also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

How did you get involved with CRF?

My relationship with CRF began as a short consulting gig to help CRF better manage its finance and the role grew into a part time role as the Financial Director. I was introduced to the CRF family by a board member who I have known for many years from my university days in Johannesburg.

What makes you excited to go to work every day?

The challenge of reconciling the human aspect of delivering our program to our beneficiaries with the business aspect of ensuring we do so efficiently, but more importantly sustainably, to ensure we can do it for many years to come. The satisfaction of...

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Our projects in the DRC have attracted quite a bit of press coverage in the last few months, with the most recent being an online article in Equal Times.

Equal Times is a global news and opinion website (based in Europe) focusing on labour, human rights, culture, development, the environment, politics and the economy from a social justice perspective. The article, ‘Teen reporters in Kinshasa stand up for the rights of children‘ written by Christopher Clark, features some of our youth reporters from our Mugongo Ya Muana project in Kinshasa, and how our project aligns with the UNICEF DRC’s child partcipation programme. Read the article here.

Here you can read the article in French. (Photos by Sydelle Willow Smith)

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With a legacy donation from the Von Clemm Family Foundation, we recently started a project in Tanzania focusing on education around tuberculosis (TB). The project, based in Mwanza, kicked off its activities in February through our local partner, the Mwanza Youth and Children’s Network (MYCN).

Fifteen young reporters, all below 18 years, were trained in an intensive 3-day workshop on how to use radio as a tool to raise awareness on TB issues. During the training workshop, the youth had information sessions with TB experts from the Ministry of Health’s TB program based in Mwanza. The youth also visited three TB clinics within the Mwanza community to get a deeper sense of what TB testing and treatment entails, and to interact with and interview patients attending the clinics. These interviews formed part of the radio shows and public service announcements (PSAs) produced by the team of young reporters.

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