As many of you will be aware, for the past 10 years we have been a partner in our Singing Kites project with Global Development Group.
Last year we decided to take the very big step of applying to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) for independent charity status in order to become a registered Australian charity in our own right. This has involved months of preparation, but our hard work has paid off and the great news is that the ACNC advised us last week that our application had been successful and has granted us our new NGO (Non Government Organization) status.
We are over the moon about this, but at the same time humbled that our project has met each of the stringent criteria set by the Australian Government to obtain this. We are now an independent, fully registered NGO!
Having our own NGO status not only benefits us as an organisation, but also benefits our donors and the community we work with.
Our new status won’t affect the day to day running of the school, the project, or the volunteer program, but will enable us to set the project on a responsible sustainability pathway, with the eventual goal of handing the responsibility of running the project over to the Tanop community in 6 to 8 years.
More information on our new structure and sustainability project ideas will follow in the next newsletter once we settle into this new phase.
We will soon have a new, updated website to share with everyone! A busy time for us, but a very rewarding one!
We have truly come of age!