The purpose of this project is the development of an educational trust which will provide funding for talented but disadvantaged learners to attend Meridian Karino (or any other school meeting the criteria) from Grade 7 to Grade 12 to develop their various talents maximally.

Corporate companies, local businesses in Nelspruit as well as funders of educational programs now have the opportunity to be part of the Innibos Meridian Karino Educational Trust through which they can provide not only the necessary financial support for an excellent education, but also mentorship for talented learners, who would otherwise not have this opportunity, through on-going personal interaction. Businesses and individuals often find it difficult to visualize how their contribution can make a difference.   By becoming part of a community of donors through the Innibos Meridian Karino Educational Trust, these contributions can be channeled and focused to allow the Trust to be an enabler of great change.

What are the main objectives of the bursary project?

The objective of the project is to develop an educational trust which could financially support at least 10 talented but disadvantaged learners from the Greater Mbombela Municipal - and citrus areas to start Grade 7 in Meridian Karino in January 2017. The bursary will include their school fees, school uniform, hostel accommodation and opportunities for continuous remedial, support and enrichment programmes.

Every year a proposed 10 more beneficiaries will be added to the program until there are at least 50 in 2021. After the 2017 intake, beneficiaries will be allowed to attend other schools in the Mbombela area under certain terms and conditions.

The Nelspruit Community and other funders will fund 25 of these learners (from surrounding areas) and 25 (from citrus farms) will be funded through the Citrus Academy and citrus farmers. The Meridian Board (Curro Holdings) will fund a minimum of one learner per year for every five learners funded by the Trust. The estimated cost per learner in 2017 will be R55 000.00 per year with an estimated escalation of 8% per year thereafter.