March 2014 Recipients
Challenge 2000, a Wellington youth development organisation has received $2,000 to purchase building materials for their program where troubled youth participate in small building projects.
Many of the youth who take part in this program are out of education, or close to exclusion, and lack routine, focus and self confidence.
The program initially depended on donated timber and borrowed tools but thanks to the grant from the Mazda Foundation, the organisation can purchase these resources themselves and offer a more sustainable program, teaching skills such as basic carpentry, planning, and maths as well as work ethic and teamwork.
Examples of completed projects are picnic tables, dog kennels and doll houses, some of which are then donated to other local community organisations.