Taungana continues to change the face of the rural African community one High school girl at a time. By working hand in glove with the public they are helping girls get real-life exposure to STEM careers and practices and support them as they apply their learning immediately to solve pressing issues in their communities, ranging from primary healthcare all the way to cool stuff like cosmetics and apps. Taungana is an initiative that believes in a generation of African girls that change their lives and contribute to global sustainable development through science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship and mathematics – STEM.

Last year saw them host their flagship programme, the Taungana STEM Expo – an educational STEM career guidance program that gives rural high school girls in the Southern African region an opportunity to connect with real STEM professionals, get exposure to leading STEM organisations, STEM career paths, and most importantly, become STEM promotion ambassadors in their own communities. The programme took place in South Africa and participants were rural girls from South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. The programme helps in bridging the gap in technology access, literacy and usage at the grassroots level, and also the Taungana Ambassadors become part of a mentored STEM network supporting their individual journeys in STEM. The movement started in 2014 and has impacted more than 120 girls in rural high schools of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Lucky for us we have an opportunity to take part in this year’s programme yay! Now we do not expect the girls to walk all the way to the venue right? Taungana aims to raise R70000 that will enable all their logistics during the 7 days annual expo program (August 20 – 28, 2016). They have 3 milestones as follows:

Milestone 1: R20 000 and they can get a bus for all their excursions. They are on the go!

Milestone 2: R45 000 and it’s no longer just a bus – they get a coach – nice comfy seats, aircon, TV on board and all!

Milestone 3: R70 000+ and they’ve really done it – refreshments to keep the girls energised, snacks and who knows – maybe they can throw in some t-shirts too #swag.

Here is how we play our part. Go to their ThundaFund page https://thundafund.com/project/turnupstem and pledge whatever amount you can (Thank you in advance) and help propel this year’s STEM project. For your pledges, there are goodies as a way of saying thank you, visit the page to find out what. As of today there are 36 days left to pledge and help a rural girl propel change in her community and country through STEM. Check out their campaign video below and share the message. For more information on this project contact Nomso on nomso@taungana.org Also visit http://taungana.org/ for their past projects and impact made in communities.