Funding of Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR), South Africa
Mainstream South Africa helped to fund the non-profit organisation – ‘The Foundation for Alcohol Related Research’ (FARR) during the development phase of the De Aar solar project nearby. Over the course of four months, Mainstream funded general costs for the maintenance of the programme and also sponsored the Fast Walk ‘FASTrap’.
FARR works with mothers to reduce Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) through education, early childhood development, feeding of affected children and ongoing care programmes.
Through Mainstream’s involvement, it allowed the non-profit organisation to continue to monitor pregnant mothers still drinking alcohol, counselling service and providing an educational centre for the kids with FAS.
Funding has been a key requirement for the long term survival and effectiveness of the programme. And in total, Mainstream donated €12,000 through funding of general costs for the programme and through sponsorship of the 350km walk from De Aar to Kimberley to raise awareness for FAS.
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FARR has been dedicated to building positive futures in South African communities by significantly reducing birth defects and mental disabilities caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy.