PLEDGE TO DONORS

TEST for AFRICA, as a UK Charity, relies exclusively on the generosity of donors.

TEST for AFRICA is somewhat unique in that, unlike most charities, a fundamental part of its Constitution is that everyone associated with the Charity agrees to work on a pro-bono basis. In other words, there are no administrative charges and therefore 100% of any donation will be channelled directly for Scholarships for tertiary education. Moreover, the Trustees of TEST for AFRICA pledge that its recipient local African charities, such as TEST for GHANA, will have not only the same pro-bono commitment in terms of their own Constitutions, but also that all their local Stakeholders (Universities and Polytechnics) will also commit to administer Scholarships on a pro-bono basis. Accordingly, our Trustees are able to guarantee that 100% of any donations will go entirely to its Scholars.

Any donation made to TEST for AFRICA will also have not only a Scholarship naming opportunity, but also donors will be invited to select the nature of the Scholarship in terms of country, Stakeholder and subject matter. For example, a donor may request that their donation create the 'John Doe Memorial Scholarships' at the University of Development Studies in Ghana for Agribusiness Studies. Such donors will receive bi-annual reports on the progress of their Scholars as well as TEST for AFRICA's and the local African Charity's Annual Reports.

Another feature of TEST for AFRICA is that, our local African Charities will have both continuing mentoring and career advisory programmes for their Scholars. Moreover, each will create active alumni associations to build team spirit and continuity of support to newcomers. Donors will be encouraged to not only track the academic development of their Scholars, but also their post educational careers.

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DONORS

The Funding Network

Hitachi Chemical Europe GmbH

VIVALDI Limited

Schools Around the World

SCHOLARSHIPS

Bob Hiorns Scholarships

Four Scholarships are awarded annually to Ghanaian Scholars studying Statistics and/or Mathematics. These Scholarships are named in the memory of Dr Robert W. Hiorns, a former Vice-Principal and Fellow of Linacre College and Oxford University Lecturer in Statistics.

John Travers Medical Scholarships

Up to ten Scholarships are awarded annually for medical studies in Ghana. These Scholarships are named in the memory of John Richard Lewis Travers, the late husband of Mrs Jennifer Travers, the Chairman of TEST for AFRICA. John was formerly the Chairman of Cushman and Wakefield, Europe, Middle East and Asia and pioneered the establishment of their in-house charity, Schools Around The World, who are the sponsors of these Scholarships.

Takeshi Tanno Scholarships

Four Scholarships are awarded annually to Ghanaians for studies in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. These Scholarships are named in the memory of Takeshi Tanno, the former Chairman and Director of Hitachi Chemical Corporation, Japan. Funding for these Scholarships emanates from Hitachi Chemical Europe GmbH

John And Anne Bamborough Scholarships

The late John and Anne Bamborough are revered by many of the early Linacre College, Oxford University alumni. In 1962 John Bamborough became the first Principal and quickly established the College as a model of an egalitarian and international College. His wife, Anne, was instrumental in making everyone feel welcome and an integral part of the community. Four Scholarships in Humanities are awarded annually by TEST for GHANA in their memory.

The Kelly Fisher Scholarship

Kelly Fisher was formerly a VSO volunteer at the Kanton Secondary School in Tumu, Upper West Region of Ghana. Thanks to her generosity, one Scholarship is awarded annually for Engineering/Science studies to a qualified candidate from the Upper West Region of Ghana.

Kafakoma Family Scholarship

One Scholarship is awarded annually for study in Agricultural Studies at Bunda College, University of Malawi. This Scholarship is generously funded by the family of Robert Kafakoma, the Chairman of TEST for MALAWI, who himself is an alumnus of Bunda College

Linacre College Common Room Scholarship

One Scholarship is awarded annually to a Malawian for study in Environmental Studies at Bunda College. This Scholarship is financed by the Common Room student body at Linacre College, Oxford University who raise funds through a charity auction every year.

FUN(D)RAISERS Nursing Scholarships

Six Scholarships are awarded annually to Malawians for study in Nursing at the Kamuzu College of Nursing at The University of Malawi. These Scholarships are made available through the generosity of a group of British expatriate, Belgian resident ladies who devote considerable time in raising funds through a variety of events principally involving their local church and the British expatriate community in Belgium.

Graeme Fraser-Bell Scholarships (Malawi)

Two Scholarships are awarded each year to Malawian students for study in subjects which the Trustees of TEST for MALAWI deem appropriate. The funding for these Scholarships is generously provided by Dr Graeme Fraser-Bell, an alumnus of Linacre College, Oxford University

Rodney Griffiths Scholarship

Thanks to funding provided by Mr Rodney Griffiths, another Linacre College, Oxford University alumnus, one Scholarship is annually awarded to a Malawian student for study in a subject which the Trustees of TEST for MALAWI deem appropriate.

Graeme Fraser-Bell Scholarships (Uganda)

Three Scholarships are to be annually awarded to bright but needy Ugandan Scholars for study in subjects which are in the opinion of the Trustees of TEST for UGANDA to be appropriate for Uganda’s social and economic development. The funding for these Scholarships is provided by Dr Graeme Fraser-Bell, an alumnus of Linacre College, Oxford University.

TAX EFFECTIVE GIVING

Gift Aid is a simple, tax effective way for UK tax payers to increase their donations to TEST for AFRICA by 28% at no extra cost to the donor. The Gift Aid scheme enables Charities to claim from the UK Government an additional 25p for every £1 donated by a UK tax payer. Moreover, the UK Government has added an extra 3.2p of Transitional Relief for every £1 for all eligible donations until 2011.

In addition to this generous scheme, higher rate UK tax payers are eligible to reclaim an additional 25p for every £1 donated to TEST for AFRICA simple by reporting their donations on their Self Assessment Forms. This rebate may also be donated directly to TEST for AFRICA on the same form if the donor elects to do so. Moreover, this additional donation can also be increased further through Gift Aid.

As an example, if you wish to donate £ 1,000, then Gift Aid amounts to £ 250, Transitional Relief adds a further £ 32.05, making a total of £ 1,282.05 to TEST for AFRICA. Higher rate tax payers can then reclaim £ 250, thereby making the net cost of their donation £ 750. Accordingly, as a high rate tax payer, if you wish to donate a net amount of £ 1,000, then you should donate £ 1,333.33 and the Charity will receive £ 333.33 as Gift Aid and an additional £ 42.73 Transitional Relief, bringing a total gift to TEST for AFRICA to £ 1,709.39. You then reclaim £ 333.33 through your Self Assessment Forms filing.

To make a donation using the Gift Aid scheme, you can download the latest Gift Aid form here. TEST for Africa is a UK registered charity, registered under number 1124600.